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Class Code: 255N
Category: Education


Performs professional/technical instructional support involving the use of scientific, technical, and/or academic knowledge, materials, and techniques.  Positions plan and conduct experiments and demonstrations in a formal course work setting in a non-scientific discipline such as arts, humanities, social sciences, vocational programs, etc.; or provide instructional support to science-related undergraduate courses requiring knowledge of a scientific discipline, electronics, and/or engineering; or serve as a field program assistant including planning and conducting programs, meetings, seminars, and other activities associated with a cooperative extension or research program (such as in the areas of meal planning, food buying, family budgeting, sanitation procedures, food preservation, clothing construction, family communications, consumer education, or 4-H youth and community development).  Responsibilities typically include assisting faculty in the development of programs of instruction.  Duties require limited design/development work such as modifying and/or adapting existing experiments and demonstrations, or implementing new experiments or demonstrations using standard techniques and procedures.

Typical Work

Prepares equipment, materials, and solutions for classwork projects; prepares demonstrations as requested by instructors; assists instructor with lecture and laboratory material; conducts laboratory or lecture demonstrations; confers with instructor in establishing and developing assignments;

Plans laboratory assignments and schedules;

Assists and advises students in laboratory assignments or in discipline subject matter; writes, edits or modifies laboratory handouts or manuals; modifies experiments; advises instructors of potential problems with existing programs;

Operates and performs routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory and demonstration instruments and equipment; instructs students, teaching assistants and faculty in the use of equipment;

Monitors laboratories to ensure compliance with safety policy; assists in the development of safe laboratory procedures;

Estimates quantity and quality of supplies and materials needed; orders equipment and supplies for the course; follows through with purchasing department or procurement of supplies; maintains adequate stock levels;

Organizes, promotes, coordinates, and conducts specific programs with adults or youth including letter writing, telephoning, public speaking, training, counseling, and public relations work; teaches technical subject matter in areas such as home economics, agriculture, and community development;

Conducts literature searches and assists in determining most suitable methods to be used in research;

Prepares progress reports concerning research activities; assembles, organizes, and interprets data; performs photography in conjunction with experiments; prepares data for computer input; interprets computer output; assists in writing reports;

Performs other work as required;

May teach laboratory portion of selected classes;

May direct the work of others.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with major study in specific instructional area.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 255K Instruction & Classroom Support Technician 3, 4784 Scientific Instructional Technician I; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.