Department Lab Technician Leave Replacement
Administration Department of Materials Engineering Faculty of Applied Science
June 13, 2021
Note : Applications will be accepted until 11 : 59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.
This position provides technical support to the teaching laboratories and research laboratories within the Department of Materials Engineering.
This includes assisting lab instructors in delivery of all undergraduate lab courses by planning, preparing and setting up the teaching laboratory experiments as well as supervision of undergraduate work-study students.
Undergraduate laboratory duties include both specified undergraduate laboratory courses and technical guidance and support for a variety of design projects that may involve experimental work and testing.
Research lab duties include assisting research activities in the department, such as materials properties testing and analysis and materials processing research.
Support for Stores, assist Department Procurement Specialist.
Performs routine duties independently with minimal guidance from designated lab course instructors, teaching assistants (TAs), departmental workshop staff and Safety Program Officer.
Interacts with faculty, engineering technicians, graduate students in teaching roles and undergraduate students.
Reports to the Senior Supervisor and when in Stores the Department Procurement Specialist.
Support to Undergraduate Teaching Labs and Research Labs :
Consequence of Error / Judgement
Responsible for decisions regarding daily operation of laboratories. Takes initiative in determining space and equipment requirements, experimental time frames, taking in account the financial aspects involved and whether hazards may be involved.
Mistakes could affect integrity of academic education. Also experimental results could be affected leading to loss of time and financial shortfalls.
Responsible for ensuring safe practices are in place in compliance with WCB and WHMIS required by all persons working in laboratories within area of responsibility.
Mistakes could result in human health and safety risks in the laboratories in the Frank Forward building
These decisions could ultimately affect the faculty, department and / or researcher's financial budgets.
Directly supervised by Senior Supervisor. When setting up and running labs, faculty members in charge of each lab course will provide supervision.
When in Stores, supervision will be provided by Department Procurement Specialist.
The technician acts in a supervisory capacity particularly when providing independent guidance, direction or information to undergraduate students and teaching staff (e.
g. teaching assistants). When acting in this role, it also includes responsibility for safety of students. The technician will ensure that safety rules and safe work procedures are followed including proper use of personal protective equipment.
Completion of a university degree in a relevant discipline or technical program and a minimum four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Some positions may require a graduate degree.
Ability to exercise a considerable amount of judgment, responsibility and initiative in the use of protocols and in coordinating various on-going functions and activities in the teaching laboratories.
Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal, decision-making, and organizational skills are also required as well as a good work ethic, accuracy, attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and to work both independently and within a team environment.
Ability to operate and routinely maintain laboratory equipment, analytical instruments and apparatus and procedures used in conducting undergraduate laboratories and research.
hydrometallurgical extraction experimentation; pyrometallurgical extraction experimentation and; associated analytical chemistry.
pH meters; atomic absorption analysis instrumentation, and electrochemical equipment.
The technician will possess or acquire, and maintain skills in the following areas : software (both general, such as word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel) and PowerPoint programs as well as software used to control instruments).
An extensive knowledge of HSE, WCB, WHMIS and all aspects of safety regulations related to working with chemicals and hazardous materials.