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This is routine work in performing non-technical laboratory duties in a diagnostic clinic, pharmacy or hospital.

Work includes responsibility for the performance of routine repetitive laboratory tasks, preparation of laboratory supplies and equipment for tests to be performed, and the custodial care of laboratory animals, equipment, and supplies. Work is differentiated from that found in custodial classes by less demand for heavy manual labor and by the necessity for development of considerable familiarity with the procedures, equipment, and supplies of laboratory area. Duties are performed under close supervision of a technical superior.


Picks up dirty laboratory glassware and equipment from assigned laboratory; cleans and sterilizes laboratory glassware and equipment such as slides, pipettes, culture dishes, and test tubes; labels bottles; operates and cleans autoclave and sterilizes a wide variety of equipment.

Makes up specimen sets for a variety of laboratory examinations according to specified procedures.

Prepares the more routine chemical solutions such as formalin, saline, alcohol, and others for use in assigned laboratories.

Receives and delivers supplies to and from hospital and pharmacy.

Feeds and cares for small animals which are used in laboratory work.

Cleans, sterilizes, and makes up into sets a wide variety of carts and trays for routine and special laboratory and medical purposes.

Assists, as needed, in the more routine and limited laboratory experiments under close supervision of technical superiors.

Performs related work as required.


Completion of the eight grade; or any equivalent combination of training and experience


Ability to clean, wrap, sterilize, and store laboratory glassware and fragile apparatus.

Ability to learn the use of autoclaves, sterilizers, and other simple laboratory equipment.

Ability to understand and carry out simple oral and written instructions.



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