Positions

Pay Range 12 Breakdown

BreakdownMinMax
Annually$32,079.14$48,118.70
Monthly$2,673.26$4,009.89
Bi-Weekly$1,233.81$1,850.72
Hourly (40 hrs.)$15.4227$23.1340
Hourly (42 hrs.)$14.6883$22.0324
Hourly (56 hrs.)$11.0162$16.5243

Laboratory Technician I

Range: $32,079.14 - $48,118.70 (12)
Position Number: 6615

JOB  TITLE: LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I
JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for performing chemical, physical, and biological analysis of wastewater, industrial wastes and by-products of water and wastewater treatment processes.  An incumbent in this position may be designated as Laboratory Technician I or II.
MAJOR DUTIES:
Performs chemical and biological analysis and microscopic studies of wastewater samples, industrial wastes, and by-products of the treatment process to determine chemical constituents for efficiency of treatment and compliance with regulations.
Reviews laboratory data for accuracy and precision of analysis;
Interprets test results and records on daily basis;
Prepares data summary reports;
Prepares mandatory reports for state and federal agencies.
Maintains inventories of lab chemicals and supplies;
Maintains lab equipment; recommends purchase of new lab equipment;
Assists the Pretreatment Coordinator with inspections, long term monitoring, and industrial waste surveys.
May be required to perform sample collection duties as primary job function or as back-up to the designated primary collection person.

The ability to perform field analyses will be required.

Performs other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:
Knowledge of city and department policies and procedures.
Knowledge of the principles of organic and inorganic chemistry including quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Knowledge of chemical, physical, and bacteriological analyses of water.
Knowledge of modern laboratory equipment.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations related to wastewater treatment and laboratory analyses.
Skill in planning, organizing, and prioritizing work.
Skill in performing mathematical computations.
Skill in the performance of laboratory analysis of water samples.
Skill in oral and written communication.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The Chemist assigns work in terms of general instructions.  The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.
GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include federal, state and local regulations, including North Carolina 15 NCAC 2H Regulations, the Code of Federal Regulations, EPA Methods for the Analysis of Water and Wastewater, and supervisory instructions.  These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application.
COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of related duties in the laboratory analysis of water samples, sample collection and field analysis.  Frequently changing regulations contribute to the complexity of the position. 
SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to perform chemical and biological analysis of wastewater, industrial waste, sample collection, field analysis and by-products of the water treatment process.  Successful performance ensures compliance with state and federal environmental regulations.
PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, other local government officials, vendors, industrial users, state and federal agency personnel, and the general public.
PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping.  The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects (up to 75 lbs), must be able to move up to 50 lbs going up and down stairs, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and must be able to distinguish between shades of color.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is typically performed in an office, laboratory, industries, wastewater collection system and at wastewater treatment plant facilities.  The employee is exposed to contagious and infectious disease and irritating chemicals.  The work may be performed outdoors and occasionally in cold or inclement weather.  The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY:  None.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain an appropriate state-certified license for water or wastewater treatment or distribution as appropriate.