AESES - Technician 2

Technician 2
Revision Date:
August 2005

Classification: Technician 2
Hay Point Range: 181 – 221


Following experimental designs established by an academic staff member, graduate student or more senior technician, positions at this level provide a wide variety of routine standardized technical assistance and analysis, or perform routines developed for specialized experiments, under general supervision, except when new techniques are being learned. Incumbents are expected to work on their own initiative once routines have been mastered.

Incumbents direct, train and provide orientation to new employees at the same or more junior level and train or demonstrate techniques to students using established guidelines and procedures.

Incumbents are expected to perform any duties performed by Technician 1s as required to support the activities of the unit.


  • Sets up class demonstrations and student labs, including anatomical specimens.
  • Directs lab assistants in media preparation and laboratory cleanliness.
  • Provides service by calibrating, replacing parts and providing minor maintenance to standard laboratory equipment such as spectrophotometer, centrifuge, balance, distillation apparatus, spectrophotometer and gas chromatograph.
  • Operates specialized equipment such as the model E centrifuge, X‑ray diffraction unit, amino acid analyzer and high performance liquid chromatograph.
  • Provides basic dental laboratory service to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Assists in experiments by setting up apparatus and performing or demonstrating a wide variety of equipment and standardized procedures.
  • Trains or demonstrates techniques to students using established guidelines and procedures.
  • Conducts immunoassays, enzyme purification and analysis, quantitative analysis, diagnostic procedures in histology and cytology, slide preparation, chromatography and electrophoresis.
  • Performs chemical and physical analysis in order to determine the proportions and composition of various substances such as animal waste, flour, or crops.
  • Provides assistance in a greenhouse, including the basic daily care of plant material, assisting with experimental procedures and detecting plant disease.
  • Performs a wide variety of procedures on experimental animals, including injections, blood sampling, dissection and anaesthetizing
  • Gathers field samples or data and performs analysis and summary.
  • Performs library searches.
  • Performs routine photographic techniques, including film development and production of prints.
  • Sets up and or operates complex audio visual equipment or systems.
  • Prepares illustrations using standard drafting techniques.
  • Prepares and repairs language tapes for student language labs and conducts language tests as devised by instructors.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • High school completion with job‑related options plus two years = directly-related experience.-
    - or -
  • Completion of a Community College course in a related discipline with no experience.
  • Some post secondary education is preferred.


An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with job-related software such as Word/WordPerfect, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.
  • Capable of learning and mastering new techniques.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, are required.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to train staff and students in techniques used in the workplace.
  • Some positions require incumbents to be bilingual (e.g. language laboratory).
  • Some positions require experience supervising the work of others.

Physical Requirements

  • No allergies to animals, plants or plant products or job‑related materials.
  • Good manual dexterity and eyesight required.
  • Physically capable of performing the duties as assigned, which may include mobility and/or moderate to heavy lifting.

Other Job-related Qualifications

  • Some positions require incumbent to possess philosophy compatible with animal-based research.
  • Knowledge of WHMIS and radioactive/hazardous materials protocols and regulations.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

Questions or Comments? Contact Jindra Vancura at (204) 474-8288