Senior Laboratory Technician, Art (Substitute) - SC

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7055706 (Ref.No. NBU020119)
Posted: February 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

20-Saddleback College
Summary Description:

The District’s goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that is welcoming to all, fosters and celebrates diversity, and promotes and rewards excellence. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff and students to live, work, and contribute to a global society.

This position is a short-term, temporary, Non-Bargaining Unit assignment not to exceed 160 days during each fiscal year. The assignment is on an as needed basis, and may be shortened or extended.

You will be contacted should the hiring department/division be interested in scheduling an interview with you to discuss your qualifications and skills. Please do not call the Human Resources Office regarding the status of your application. The most current status of all applications will be available for you to view on our website.

This Position is a short-term, hourly, non-bargaining unit position. This recruitment is open until filled or withdrawn. You will be contacted should the hiring department/division be interested in scheduling an interview with you to discuss your qualifications and skills. Please do not call the Human Resources Office regarding the status of your application. The most current status of all applications will be available for you to view on our website.

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.

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.

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
7. Understanding stone cutting and stone

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

1. Preparation of metals
2. Preparation of foundry cleanup and
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

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.

License or Certificate:

A valid California driver’s license, and proof of automobile insurability.

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 noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, high temperature materials, power tools, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may 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 moderate amounts of weight; to operate assigned 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.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Additional Position Information:

Documentation according to USCIS I-9 guidelines (i.e. ID card and Social Security card) must be presented at the time of hire. Per IRS regulations, a Social Security card must be presented at the time of hire.

Contingent/conditional job offer: Any NBU job offer that is received is contingent upon successful completion of the Human Resources pre-employment process, as well as approval by the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources or Board approval. The Human Resources hiring process may include, but is not limited to, successful completion of Live Scan fingerprinting, background checks, reference checks, TB testing, as well as completion of new hire paperwork. It is the employee’s responsibility to incur the cost of any testing required for the position (approx. $70), and there will be no reimbursement for this expense. Failure to successfully complete any portion of the hiring process will invalidate any conditional job offer received. Falsification of, or omission on, any SOCCCD pre-employment paperwork may result in withdrawal of any conditional job offer or termination of employment.

NBU at-will employment: After successful completion of the requirements of Section A, an individual may be employed by the South Orange County Community College District as a short-term, temporary NBU employee. Employment will be on an “if and as needed” basis, as determined by the District. NBU employment is at-will, and either party may terminate this working relationship at anytime. Neither party shall be required to provide any reason for the separation. NBU employees shall not have reemployment rights or recourse to petition to be reinstated.

Single worksite restriction: NBU employees are limited to working in a single position in one department/site. Interpreters and models are exceptions to single site employment.

Work schedules: Department/Division managers, administrators, and/or supervisors shall determine the work schedule of NBU employees to include the number of days and hours worked per week and the start and stop times.

160 day restriction: NBU employees will not work more than 160 days (in any combination of NBU positions) no matter how many hours per day they work. It is the employee’s responsibility to monitor and track the amount of days that they work to ensure they do not exceed the 160 day limit. It is the employee’s responsibility to notify their supervisor and Human Resources immediately if they are approaching the 160 day limit. NBU positions are not part of the Classified service and that by working less than 160 days of a college year, NBU employees are not entitled to any employment.

Substitutes: Substitutes may work for a permanent Classified employee who is on leave, or a vacant Classified permanent position. Substitutes in a vacant Classified position may work a maximum of 90 working days in the position during the recruitment process. NBU employees who substitute for Classified positions may not necessarily meet the minimum qualifications for the position and may, or may not, assume all of the job duties and responsibilities of the position. By substituting for a vacant Classified position, there is no guarantee that the substitute will be selected to interview for the vacant permanent position if posted, or selected for the position if interviewed. Substituting for a Classified position also does not entitle a NBU employee to any future consideration for the same or other positions. Substitutes must complete the online application process during the specified time frame to apply for any permanent Classified position at

Rate of Pay: NBU employees must inquire with their supervisor as to the rate of pay that they will receive. They must have agreed to the rate, prior to accepting and beginning any current or future NBU assignment. Questions regarding rate of pay must be directed to their supervisor. NBU employees are paid according to departmental budgets, the skill set/level of expertise required for the assignment as determined by the supervisor/department/division, and various other factors, not longevity.
Classified substitutes will be paid at the first step of the Classified Salary Schedule range of the position that they are substituting for. Exceptions may be paid for previous Classified employees. Holidays/Jury Duty: NBU employees are not paid for holidays or other time not worked (i.e. Jury Duty).
California Sick leave: NBU employees are eligible for California Sick leave per AB1522. Information regarding AB1522 will be sent to all new hires after the new hire paperwork session. Overtime: Time and one-half is paid for all hours worked over 40 in one week, per FLSA guidelines. Shift pay does not apply to NBU employees.

Retirement information: NBU employees may not work more than 960 hours from June 15th – June 14th. NBU employees who work more than 1000 hours per fiscal year are required to contribute to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), through payroll deduction of about 7-9%. The District does not intend to employ NBU employees for more than 1,000 hours during any fiscal year. The exception to this requirement is that if a NBU employee is currently contributing to PERS from another agency, they will be required to contribute to CalPERS while employed at SOCCCD. Once an employee joins CalPERS, all future assignments will also have CalPERS deducted. It is the employee’s responsibility to inform their supervisor of their CalPERS status for current and future assignments.

Administrative termination: NBU employees who have not worked in a six month period will be administratively terminated due to inactivity. In order to be rehired, the employee must recomplete the hiring process.

Campus Crime and Safety Awareness: Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at or Paper copies are available in Human Resources upon request.

Mandated reporter: The South Orange County Community College District recognizes the responsibility of its staff to report to the appropriate agency when there is a reasonable suspicion that an abuse or neglect of a child may have occurred. Mandated reporters include faculty, district leadership staff, and classified staff, including Non-Bargaining Unit (NBU) employees.

Duties and Responsibilities

Participate in the planning and implementation of laboratory exercises and experiments; implement new or modified policies and procedures as required.

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.

Assist instructors in developing instructional materials; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments.

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

Assist instructors, staff and students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment, materials and supplies in an instructional setting; monitor students involved in laboratory activities; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies. Procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate safety and emergency procedures in class and laboratory situations.

Perform repairs on stationary equipment, power tools and hand tools; maintain, clean and test equipment including kilns, mills, jewelry casting/fabricating tools, welding equipment, lapidary equipment, wax working equipment, sanders, saws, hand tools, easels, furniture and related equipment; main records of equipment and material use.

Oversee and participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials and equipment; acquire and maintain an inventory of materials for instructional programs; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment.

Participate in budget preparation and administration for assigned lab; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for budget items; monitor and control expenditures.

Maintain an organized tool and supply room; check out and collect borrowed equipment; inspect equipment and materials for safety purposes; repair and maintain equipment.

Maintenance and cleaning of jewelry, 3D and sculpture studios, patios and classrooms.

Assist in kiln loading, firing and unloading kilns; maintain firing schedule.

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

Respond to laboratory emergencies including injuries.

Work with faculty to book models for appropriate classes; verify hours worked and Workday entries.

Complete tasks as directed by faculty members.

Perform related duties as required.


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