State of Washington Classified Job Specification
In a chemical or biochemical laboratory, performs repetitive chemical testing and analysis of organic, inorganic, radiochemistry, or biochemical substances using a variety of instruments, standardizes solutions and prepares reagents to make determinations.
This is the entry-level professional Chemist performing routine tests that require an understanding of the chemical principles and theory involved for evaluation of atypical findings. Positions are under the direct supervision of a higher level Chemist.
Performs a variety of repetitive laboratory procedures, tests, and analyses of such substances as animal tissue and fluid, food products, water and air samples, livestock feeds, fertilizers, insecticides, or other substances to ascertain the presence or the quantity of known or suspected ingredients;
Participates in unusual chemical analyses of determinative nature, performing standardized portions of such procedures, and assisting in the nonroutine functions;
Obtains field samples for analysis; precipitates, filters, and separates desired components; adjusts and reads laboratory instruments such as titrimeter, spectrophotometer, colorimeter, polariscope, and pH meter; records results and makes standard laboratory calculations including stoichiometric computations;
Operates electronic analytical instruments for identification and measurement of chemical components and radiation such as gas chromotographs, infrared spectrophotometers, and radiation analyzers to perform routine analyses; identifies abnormal instrument results and investigates causes;
Organizes laboratory reports and records; writes routine correspondence relative to laboratory findings and samples; assists in training and direction of nonprofessional laboratory personnel;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: inorganic, organic, and analytical chemistry; chemical formulae, equations, and computations.
Ability to: perform chemical and physical tests and analyses.
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.
A Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry.
Class Specification History
Revised minimum qualifications: 11-12-87
Revised definition and added distinguishing characteristics: 6-15-90
New class code: (formerly 53800) effective July 1, 2007