Chemical Technician I
Junior (entry-level) chemical technician. Works under immediate supervision. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, procedures, and instrumental techniques within a particular field. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager (a chemist or chemical engineer) who directs the work and evaluates the results. Has no supervisory responsibility.
Prepares materials for laboratory examination. Conducts a variety of chemical and physical laboratory tests using special instruments and techniques to assist scientists and engineers in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of physical, organic, or inorganic chemistry and related sciences.
Examples of Work
Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.
- Monitor chemical processes and test the quality of products to make sure that they meet standards and specifications
- Compile results of tests and analyses
- Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy
- Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials
- Maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs
- Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas
- Set up, maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment
- Provide input for technical reports, graphs, or charts documenting experimental results
- Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers
- Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies
- Assist in conducting programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products
- Assist in operating experimental pilot facilities
Education and Experience
Associate’s degree in applied science or chemical technology or two years of postsecondary education with a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines: chemistry, chemical technology, and/or food science. No experience necessary.
Licensure and Certification
Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager (a chemist or chemical engineer) who directs the work and evaluates the results. Has no supervisory responsibility.
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