Lead Lab Technician

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Classification:Research Technician 3
Grade:Grade 77
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Community & Technical College
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Facilities/Skilled Trades

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Anchorage is recruiting for a Lead Lab Technician in the Transportation and Power Division, Community and Technical College. Are you ready for a great opportunity to contribute your talents to the Automotive and Diesel Technology and the Welding /Nondestructive Testing Technology Program? Do you enjoy maintaining tools, equipment and inventory? Are you safety-focused, dedicated and enjoy helping others? If yes, don’t delay, apply to UAA today! The Lead Lab Technician works with the Automotive and Diesel Technology program and Welding/Nondestructive Testing Technology program. Students in the program are preparing for career opportunities in Automotive and Diesel Technology occupations and Welding/Nondestructive Testing fields. Courses are offered at the certificate and associate degree levels.


10Assist instructors with preparation of student projects, training aids, classroom and lab preparation as needed. This includes purchasing materials, updating equipment, ordering parts and supplies for programs associated with the division. Skills required are the use of tools and the ability to fabricate instructional aids with a minimum amount of supervision or guidelines.Essential
10Keep accurate records of work orders and associated expenses from student vehicles/projects, community vehicles/projects, and collect necessary funds for deposit. Keep accurate records of division related expenses associated with program operation. Skills required are basic computation, ProCard policies and procedures if applicable, along with written and communication skills.Essential
10Supervise the duties of one part-time lab/maintenance technician and up to three student workers for the Transportation and Power Division. This includes recruiting and hiring processes affiliated with those positions as well as scheduling effective work hours, and keeping track and approving of time sheets. Skills required are basic supervisory skills and an understanding of HR policy and procedure.Essential
2Coordinate staff and faculty training for the OSHA required forklift safety certification. Coordinate any other safety trainings necessary with staff and faculty to ensure OSHA compliance and safety standards are met or exceeded. Skills required are a clear understanding of forklift operation and familiarization with current methods of forklift safety instruction.Essential
25Maintain lab and classroom equipment to include: machinery, tools, vehicles, computer operation, projectors, printers, and facilitate repairs as needed. Serve as the ADT building manager. Clean, service, and repair as necessary a variety of powered and non-powered tools in the laboratory and classroom areas. Implement an effective maintenance schedule and maintain tools, equipment, etc., and keep accurate records for program accreditation. Skills required are an understanding of mechanical and electrical shop equipment, strong attention to detail, and working knowledge of the systems in place. Coordination and communication with coworkers is essential.Essential
35Implement computer-based inventory tracking system and train subordinates how to utilize the system. Take daily, weekly, monthly, and annual inventory as needed and update records. Issue tools to students while insuring students have the ability and authorization to use each tool or piece of equipment. Skills required include; understanding of computerized inventory system, tools, equipment, materials, and the overall safety related concerns for each item.Essential
8Coordinate the disposal of waste petroleum, hazardous materials, metal and other miscellaneous items from the division programs as needed. Serve as safety liaison for the Transportation and Power Division to ensure OSHA compliance and inspections are done appropriately. Skills required are the ability to classify materials and locate companies to dispose of products economically.Essential


This position serves as support staff for the academic programs housed within the Transportation and Power Division. The person hired for this position will be responsible for the maintenance of tools, equipment, inventory, assisting with OSHA compliance and other regulatory safety standards, classroom and lab support for instructional programs, procurement of materials for laboratory activities and facility maintenance. This position also supervises a part-time lab technician and multiple student workers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize fluctuating workload in a positive, productive manner.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Experience in shop management.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and OSHA compliance standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of automotive and diesel systems and the operation of maintenance, repair, and training facilities.
  • Knowledge of welding and nondestructive testing equipment and related facilities.
  • Capability to fabricate small projects with working knowledge of parts, components and supplies.
  • Ability to organize and track consumable products and services to ensure efficient and cost effective management of inventory.
  • Proficiency with, or ability to learn Microsoft Office and Excel for record keeping purposes.
  • Ability to effectively maintain inventory of items related to division programs using computer-based programs (MS Excel, MS Word, etc.).
  • Familiar with automotive and/or welding tools and equipment.
  • Ability to organize shop area, tool storage, and inventory items.
  • Ability to perform or coordinate maintenance of shop equipment, loss prevention and document as needed.
  • Familiar with UAA, ADEC, EPA and OSHA requirements for safety and hazardous materials handling and proper disposal.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of two years’ experience with shop management OR a technical occupation related to the programs within the Transportation and Power Division.
  • Experience with purchasing and record keeping.
  • Proficient with computer applications and processes OR a willingness to learn.
  • Understanding of Welding/NDT and Auto/Diesel applications is required.
  • Successful candidate is expected to be well-rounded in a variety of areas associated with the industry.

Preferred Experience:

  • Previous supervisor experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.

Education / Training:

Two year’s college coursework in a related field.


  • Current AK driver's license and clean driving record.
  • Training and current certification in OSHA Forklift operation.


  • Current Commercial Driver's License.
  • Current Welding, NDT, or ASE related certifications.

Position Information:

This is a full-time, non-represented, twelve (12) month position. 

Compensation: Grade 77, hourly $21.59 minimum. The University offers a generous benefit package, along with other additional discounts and options.

A review of applications will begin on Monday, September 23, 2019. In order to have full consideration, apply no later than Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:59 pm.

This recruitment will remain open until closed. UAA reserves the right to close this recruitment at any time for any reason. We will be unable to accept applications when this posting is closed, so be sure to apply now! We look forward to your application.

Application Instructions: 

Interested applicants, completed the on-line application through http://careers.alaska.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ to job # 513495 and upload:

References – Please provide the names and contact information of at least three professional references (phone and email required).

You are welcome to up load a cover letter and resume as well; however, not required.

If scheduled for an interview, please bring:

  • Current AK Driving Record less than 30 days from interview date.
  • Documentation verifying certification in OSHA Forklift operation.
  • Current Welding, NDT, or ASE related certifications.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Non-Represented Staff (Probationary Period):

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.  During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees, and those positions designated by the presidents as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAA Campus is a tobacco free campus.  For more information, please go to: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/tobaccofreecampus/

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

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