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21 Mar 2019

Full-Time Senior Laboratory Technician, Art

Saddleback College  Mission Viejo, California, United States

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Job Description

Saddleback College
Senior Laboratory Technician, Art 

Job Close Date: 05/01/19
Pay Range: 130, Step 1 is $4,998.00 per month

Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at

Summary Description:

Under direction from the Dean of Fine Arts or designee, such as the Department Chair, performs complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area; exercises judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials within the assigned area; provides a high level of academic assistance to all art department instructors.

Positions in the Senior Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees assume greater responsibility for more technical aspects of learning program, perform at a skill level with a considerable degree of independence, and operate complex apparatus, equipment and machines. In addition, the Senior Lab Technician must possess extensive technical abilities and experience in the assigned field, set up complex labs, monitor assigned budgets, order and inventory laboratory supplies and materials and provide significant academic assistance to assigned instructors. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating policies and procedures of the work unit.

Knowledge of:

• Operational characteristics of machinery, tools, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject areas (e.g. sculpture, 3D, ceramics, and jewelry).
• Advanced principles and practices of laboratory operations.
• Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
• Basic principles and practices of budget preparation.
• Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Carpentry Techniques and Woodworking Equipment

1. Table saw, band saw, circular saw, hack saw, jig saw
2. Belt sander, disc sander, spindle sander
3. Drill press and bits (including high speed, spade, forstner, brad point, hole saw, masonry, diamond, carbide)
4. Planers, lathe, routers
5. Carving chisels and sharpening

Jewelry Making Practices

1. Fabrication: soldering, cutting, bending, drilling, forging
2. Mold making and casting used in the creation of silver, gold, bronze and brass jewelry.
3. Lost wax casting as related to jewelry including use of centrifuge, vacuum casters, and gravity casting.
4. Advance technical knowledge of precious and semi-precious stones.
5. Processes in metal forming, raising, sinking, bending, forging of sheets, wires and bars.
6. Metal finishing techniques and equipment (including polishing, sanding, tumbling, vibrating, and bead blasting).
7. Understanding stone cutting and stone setting.


1. Preparation of metals
2. Preparation of foundry cleanup and waxes
3. Furnaces
4. Heating and melting of metals
5. Knowledge of mold making, including ceramic shell investment bolds
6. Mixing of all investment materials- plaster and ceramic shell
7. Burnout-firing schedules for plaster and ceramic shell investments
8. Sandcasting

Welding/Brazing (on ferrous and nonferrous metals)

1. Gas, MIG
2. Electric Arc, TIG
3. Brazing and soldering


1. Knowledge of ceramic materials and techniques involved with handbuilding, wheel throwing, press molding and ship casting.

Ability to:

• Perform complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for highly technical or complex subject areas, to include: 3D/sculpture, jewelry making, woodworking and metal casting.
• Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerable degree of independence.
• Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.
• Monitor students to ensure student are adhering to safety policies and procedures.
• Provide assistance to instructors in the development of relevant materials.
• Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.
• Understand and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
• Participate in safety evaluations and ensure adherence to safe work practices.
• Participate in budget preparation and administration.
• Maintain an adequate inventory of material for instructional programs.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, administrators, Classified staff and vendors.
• Order supplies and materials.
• Handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work under deadlines and keep students a priority.
• Understand and follow oral and written instructions from faculty.
• Operate a fork-lift.
• Prepare, mix and dispose of materials used in the art laboratories.
• Build cabinets, jigs/tables, etc.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in art, art history or a related field.


Three years of increasingly responsible experience in an art laboratory or similar environment.

Preferred experience
an occupational history demonstrating considerable knowledge of organizing and maintaining an education/industrial shop environment; an extensive background in operating and repairing tools.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.


Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, carpentry, design, education, and school. States: California.

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