AESES - Technician 3

Technician 3
Revision Date:
August 2005

Classification: Technician 3
Hay Point Range: 222 – 267


General supervision is provided by an academic staff member, postgraduate researcher, or more senior technician. Positions at this level provide skilled technical services or assistance. This includes performance of a wide variety of field and laboratory tasks, including chemical analysis, biological measurement, program production and physical or mechanical testing and also includes the design, construction and repair of moderately complex equipment. Incumbents operate and maintain moderately complex equipment or to operate specialized equipment in carrying out work related to teaching or research presently being conducted.

After receiving general instructions on experimental design and objectives, incumbents are expected to organize, plan and schedule their work to obtain the required information or complete the required tasks. Incumbents are required to learn new procedures, adapt regular procedures, assist in specialized routines and research relevant subject material as directed by their supervisor.

Some positions provide services and/or the production of goods for units and the University.

Technical training, guidance and orientation of employees at the same or lower levels and training or demonstrating to students are requirements of the position.

Incumbents are expected to perform any duties performed by Technician 1s and 2s as required to support the activities of the unit.


  • Standardizes and adapts experimental techniques required to carry out experiments.
  • Performs chemical, biochemical, biological, pharmacological and mechanical measurements and analysis, including recording, classifying and maintaining data on the results of these analyses.
  • Schedules tests and provides initial analysis of the results of specialized laboratory procedures.
  • Maintains test cultures.
  • Collects field samples, blood, tissue, rumen fluid, digesta, feces, urine and serum samples for analysis.
  • Assists in experimental surgical laboratory, preparing animals for surgery, anaesthetizing and assisting in surgical procedures such as caesarians and implants
  • Assists in autopsies of lab animals to collect tissues and organs for analysis.
  • Assists in the administration of vaccines and medicines to livestock and poultry.
  • Plants, maintains, cultivates and inoculates plants in a greenhouse and in field plots.
  • Fabricates or services a variety of moderately complex research or teaching instruments, including reading and interpreting circuitry schematics and manuals and assembling components.
  • Operates and or performs routine maintenance of specialized equipment, such as atomic absorption spectrophotometer, ultracentrifuge, media production and replication equipment.
  • Contributes to production/replication of audio‑visual programs in a variety of media using recognized standards (eg. SMPTE practices and standards).
  • Produces maps and related graphics from aerial photos.
  • Writes, modifies and installs basic programs.
  • Performs statistical tests, prepares reports and performs some interpretation of results.
  • Keeps informed of developments in related fields in order to learn new techniques.
  • Maintains inventory of equipment and recommends purchase of some equipment.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


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

Level of Formal Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related study area, including laboratory analysis techniques.
    - or -
  • Completion of a Community College course in a related discipline with one years = directly-related experience.
    - or -
  • High school completion with job-related options with a minimum of four years = directly-related experience.


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 and PowerPoint.

  • Experience with statistical programs such as SPSS and SAS.
  • Ability to adapt techniques, to plan and carry out experiments and procedures under general direction and to keep within budget and schedule guidelines.
  • Initiative and ability to master new and difficult techniques through further education or training.
  • 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.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal are required.
  • Some positions require experience supervising the work of others.

Physical Requirements

  • Good manual dexterity and eyesight required.
  • No allergies to animals, plants or plant products or job‑related materials.
  • 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.