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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 509F
Category: Science & Engineering


Perform work related to study or research in a scientific field such as general physics, chemistry, meteorology, mineralogy or seismology under general direction of higher classified personnel. Prepare reports, record information, prepare charts, graphs, read instruments, perform calculations as directed or in accord with established procedures. Operate machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, and saws. May lead and direct other classified laboratory personnel.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions allocated to this class are distinguished by the requirement for performing skilled advanced work under general supervision of an engineer or research scientist to support study in a field such as physics, geology, meteorology or oceanography; Incumbents must have the ability to work independently in accord with established procedures, written instructions and specifications, blueprints or verbal instructions.

Typical Work

May lead and operate instruments and equipment such as microscopes, radiation counters, centrifuges, electronic equipment, refraction equipment, spectroscopes, light and polarizing microscopes, electron microscopes, polishing equipment, x-ray equipment, electrocardiographs, spectrophotometers, amino acid analyzer, NMR, etc.;

Performs repairs and preventive maintenance to laboratory equipment and tests equipment; may construct new equipment;

Reads and records data from instruments or other sources such as weather maps, thermometers, barographs, seismographs, pressure gauges or vacuum gauges;

Operates photography equipment; develops pictures and films;

Mounts specimens on glass slides or other devices for study;

Plots graphs, charts, sketches maps, works with computer printouts, prepares reports and correspondence in accord with established procedures;

Operates marine equipment and vehicles, automobiles and light trucks; provides logistic support for field experiments;

Works in the field to assist in construction of structures such as instrument towers, antenna masts; works in the laboratory to assist in construction of facilities such as wind tunnels, light gas guns, shock tubes, etc.;

Performs related duties as required.

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 in engineering or science; OR two years of college-level work in engineering or science plus two years of experience equivalent to Research Aide I, OR four years of experience equivalent to Research Aide I.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise MQ: 10-16-75
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Research Aide II), class code (formerly 4851), adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work and desirable qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.