A Lab Technician, or Laboratory Technician, performs routine technical tasks and experiments in laboratories to support scientific investigations. Their duties include setting up laboratories for scientific research, conducting lab-based experiments and recording and analysing results.
The duties and responsibilities of Lab Technicians include:
Performing routine laboratory functions to support scientific experiments and investigations
Setting up, testing, adjusting, calibrating and maintaining laboratory equipment and apparatus such as titrators, pH meters and centrifuges
Recording, analysing and writing reports, reviews and summaries on the findings of experiments and trials
Collecting and preparing samples, solutions, cultures and specimens and ensuring safe disposals of waste
Enforcing strict health and safety regulations
Staying up to date with relevant scientific developments that can improve the efficiency of lab operations
Get the hands-on skills you need to become a medical laboratory technician. You’ll learn to perform routine clinical laboratory testing in hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics as the primary analyst making specimen oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communication is vital in this career and you’ll obtain the skills needed for interaction with team members, external relations, customer service and patient education. Throughout your training you’ll also receive experience in information processing, training others and quality control monitoring.
Receive, label and analyze samples (blood, toxic, tissue etc.)
Design and execute laboratory testing according standard procedures, make observations and interpret findings
Conduct experiments under defined conditions to verify/reject various types of hypotheses using refined scientific methods
Organize and store all chemicals substances, fluids and compressed gases according to safety instructions
Record all data and results in specified forms (paper and electronic) with accuracy and responsibility
Maintain equipment and assist in ordering laboratory supplies
Ensure that all safety guidelines are followed strictly at all times and maintain a clean and orderly environment