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Class Code: 508G
Category: Science & Engineering


Leads Clinical/Medical Technologist 1s and/or 2s. Evaluates the performance of fellows, residents, students, and subordinate staff. Develops and evaluates methodologies and procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Regularly assigns, instructs and checks the work of others. Leads the professional technical work performed by staff in a section or division of a clinical laboratory and coordinates development and evaluation of new laboratory tests and procedures. Performs very complex professional laboratory determinations in a specialized field.

Typical Work

Plans, schedules, assigns, supervises and coordinates work of medical technologists, technicians and assistants;

Evaluates and documents the performance of post-doctoral fellows, residents, medical students, and medical technology students during training;

Reviews and evaluates test results; consults with physicians concerning critical or abnormal findings;

Assures quality control standards are met and documented; troubleshoots methods and instrumentation;

Develops and evaluates new methodologies; writes, reviews and revises technical procedures;

Assists during autopsies; preserves, describes and catalogs autopsy material;

Performs histology and neuropathology work in preparing human and animal biopsy and autopsy tissue of the nervous system for microscopic examination; prepares slides of human and animal autopsy and biopsy material; prepares tissue sections for examination; prepares staining materials; prepares slides from sample tissues and body cells during surgical operation;

Supervises or performs complex procedures in special chemical laboratory; performs endocrinology studies and new procedures resulting from research studies; performs hormone assays, electrophoresis, thin layer chromatography and fluorometric analysis;

Consults with supervisor and faculty director in matters relating to purchasing, budgeting and cost analysis; informs faculty of unusual technical problems and helps establish laboratory policies;

Coordinates efforts with the Laboratory Safety Officer in ensuring a safe working environment;

Performs duties of Clinical/Medical Technologist 2;

May provide input to the supervisor in the interviewing, hiring and evaluation of new employees; may counsel section or division staff and recommend disciplinary action to the supervisor when necessary;

May develop and implement diagnostic algorithms for specimen analysis;

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: laboratory principles, practices and techniques involving bacteriology, serology, hematology, parasitology, histology, urinalysis, clinical microscopy, immunology, organic and biochemistry, clinical and pathological laboratory tests; laboratory equipment, supplies and reagents; report preparation.

Ability to: use laboratory equipment and techniques; sharpen and polish microtome knives; understand and follow complex written and oral directions, formulae, and charts; prepare clear and concise reports; maintain cooperative working relations with others; distinguish colors; perform work with a microscope for extended periods of time; supervise professional and technical laboratory personnel.

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 Medical Technology with a curriculum accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association AND three years of professional experience including one year as a Clinical Technologist 2 or equivalent AND Certification with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists or equivalent, or certification with a special organization field appropriate to the laboratory division


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 53200 Medical Technologist 3, 6401 Clinical Technologist Lead; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.