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Class Code: 255O
Category: Education


Coordinates instructional support activities in a basic or applied science teaching program.  Coordinates support services for a variety of courses; provides professional/technical support requiring knowledge of a scientific discipline, electronics and/or engineering.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Senior-level class responsible for coordinating instructional support activities, designing/developing instructional support programs or designing and constructing equipment.  Under general direction, provides support to courses requiring an emphasis in complex design and development tasks such as developing experiments/demonstrations where only general theoretical concepts are identified, designing instructional support applications based on current research findings.

Typical Work

Inspects, tests, adjusts and does major repair of scientific and laboratory support equipment; 

Develops scientific instructional programs, demonstration models and laboratory procedures in conjunction with assigned faculty/teacher; 

Designs, constructs and tests equipment used for lecture demonstrations or laboratory experiments; 

Coordinates the scientific preparation for laboratory programs and field-oriented courses using safety procedures in handling hazardous materials such as acids, pesticides, radiation, etc.; 

Coordinates laboratory support, maintenance and store room functions; 

Evaluates equipment specifications and makes purchase recommendations; 

Provides training for students and faculty in a specialty area such as a specific computer software program, holography, ceramics, manufacturing and microbiological techniques, and methods of biochemical analysis, etc.;

Maintains computerized inventory; 

Performs the duties of Instruction & Classroom Support Technician 2; 

Acts as coordinator of shop or laboratory controlling all equipment, chemicals and use of space; 

Designs/develops computer software for use in analytical laboratory courses; 

May direct assigned personnel; 

May teach laboratory portion of selected classes; 

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

A Bachelor's Degree with major study in a basic applied science


two years of full-time experience as an Instruction & Classroom Support Technician 2 or equivalent.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 10-12-73
Revise Code, Title & Class: 11-13-75
Revise Title & Class: 6-17-83
Revise Class: 3-3-89
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Scientific Instructional Technician II), class code (formerly 4785), definition, distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work and desirable qualifications effective July 1, 2007.