Laboratory Technician, Photography & Art

Irvine Valley College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7056970 (Ref.No. P0007614)
Posted: April 12, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

10-Irvine Valley College
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).

Summary Description:

Under direction from the Dean of Fine Arts and Media Technology or designee such as the Department Chair, assists in the preparation of materials and demonstrations for an assigned instructional area; operates and demonstrates use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials; provides assistance to students within the assigned subject area including both photography and art; and maintains the general cleanliness of the assigned laboratory. May oversee and provide work direction to work study students.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.
Theories and applications of the assigned subject matter.
Principles and practices of laboratory operations.
Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.
Methods and techniques of digital photography.
Operational characteristics of various printing and scanning equipment and apparatus.
Proper handling and disposal of materials related to digital photography.
Principles of digital image capture, scanning and output device functionality.
Operational characteristics of digital image scanning and manipulation software.
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.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area.
Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.
Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials.
Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.
Properly dispose of old ink and waste according to environmental regulations.
Identify and troubleshoot problems with photography equipment.
Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area.
Maintain the cleanliness of assigned laboratory.
Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

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


Equivalent to two years of college level course work in photography or a related field.


Two years of increasingly responsible photography experience.

Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; may be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may occasionally work with water. Occasional exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.

Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to heavy amounts of weight; to operate laboratory equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; may require the wearing of safety glasses or goggles and rubber or plastic gloves. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; distinguish color. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist instructors in developing instructional materials; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments; may assist in grading exams and maintaining related records.

Prepare for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; assist students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

Provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving problems.

Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean floors, table tops, desks and furniture; perform routine and minor repairs on laboratory equipment; maintain, clean and test assigned equipment.

Provide assistance to instructors regarding safe and proper procedures for developing, processing and printing film utilizing assigned laboratory equipment.

Maintain appropriate ink levels for printing of images; monitor volume and exhaustion level of existing inks and materials; replace and dispose of old ink and waste cartridges as needed according to established safety and environmental regulations.

Maintain records of equipment loaned and material used by students; return all equipment to proper location.

Dismantle equipment and check for needed repairs; assist in performing routine maintenance and minor repairs on equipment and furniture including plumbing fixtures, enlargers, cameras, lenses and related items.

Maintain and post notices and records of current techniques and procedures.

Photograph students for identification cards.

Participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials and equipment; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment.

Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.

Perform related duties as required.


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