Friday, April 5, 2013

FT Physical and Applied Sciences Technician at Moorpark College, Ventura County CC District

Posting Number 0602109
Official Title Instructional Lab Technician II - Physical and Applied Sciences
Position: Full Time Percent Position: 100%
Months 11
Employee Type Classified
Job Category Classified

Brief Description: This recruitment is being conducted to establish a list of eligible candidates that will be used to fill current and upcoming vacancies for the duration of the list, not to exceed one year. The immediate vacancy is an 11 month, 100% position at Moorpark College.
Under the general supervision of a Dean, perform a variety of complex technical lab work and provide instructional support in labs for physics, engineering, astronomy, environmental sciences, or the earth sciences.

Job Duties:
  Organize and oversee the operation and maintenance of a highly technical and complex instructional science laboratory. E
   Prepare and issue materials and equipment for student use in a lab; monitor and maintain records of materials and equipment on loan to or checked out by students and faculty. E
  Assist faculty, staff, and students in the safe use of a variety of equipment, materials, and supplies in an instructional lab setting. E
  Provide instructional guidance and assistance to individual and small groups of science students; reinforce concepts, techniques, and practical applications presented by the instructor. E
  Test, adjust, calibrate, maintain, and perform minor repairs on apparatus and equipment, such as oscilloscopes, voltmeters, lasers, meters and signal generators; fabricate, rebuild, and modify equipment as necessary; send equipment out for major repairs. E
   Maintain stock rooms, laboratories, and other assigned areas in a safe, clean, and orderly condition; encourage awareness of and oversee the proper use of facilities and safe practices. E
  Prepare instructional materials, supplies, and equipment for instructors' demonstrations and student labs; develop and prepare demonstrations and experiments as required; conduct tests of supplies and materials to ensure accurate mixtures and quantities. E
  Operate computers and related software applications to control scientific experiments, collect data, and produce analytical written reports. E
  Screen, select, train, evaluate, and provide work direction for student workers. E
  Order and receive lab supplies, materials, parts, and equipment; maintain inventories, ensuring that adequate quantities are available for timely instructional use. E
  Ensure the accurate labeling and orderly, safe, and proper storage of all supplies, materials, and equipment. E
  Maintain a variety of files and records regarding instructional materials, inventories, purchase orders, and equipment repairs; prepare reports as required; perform general clerical duties as needed. E
  Use and operate a variety of technical equipment and measuring devices including precision balances, computer equipment, drafting and art tools, and environmental monitoring equipment. E
  Design and set up displays for science classes and at various locations on campus to promote interest in the science programs. E
  Assist in preparing for field trips and accompany students on field trips as required. E
  Assist in preparation of the preliminary laboratory budget; project estimated needs, supplies, and requests; monitor budget expenditures. E
  Write instruction booklets and short outlines for the use of software. E
   Perform other duties as assigned.

E = Essential duties

Minimum Qualifications
A. An associate degree from a recognized college or university in any of the physical or applied sciences AND four years of professional experience performing technical lab work in the physical or applied sciences, preferably in an instructional environment
B. A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university in any of the physical or applied sciences AND two years of professional experience performing technical lab work in the physical or applied sciences, preferably in an instructional environment
C. A graduate degree from a recognized college or university in any of the physical or applied sciences

 Additional Information:

Licenses or other Requirements: NA
Knowledge Of: Principles, practices, procedures, and equipment used in the physical and applied sciences such as engineering, physics, astronomy, environmental sciences, and the earth sciences, including geography, geology, and geographic information systems
Health and safety regulations
Methods and techniques of record keeping
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
Methods and techniques of preparing scientific experiments
Electrical and soldering equipment and materials
Basic principles of budget preparation
Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment, and materials pertaining to the assigned laboratories and subject areas
Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, and supplies
Fundamentals of English grammar, spelling, and composition
Principles of customer service
Basic inventory and purchasing processes, and procedures
Ability To: Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications
Learn and apply techniques of precise measurement and notation
Ensure the care and security of assigned equipment, specialized materials and supplies
Assemble, maintain, and repair lab equipment
Issue and receive equipment and supplies
Train and provide work direction to others
Understand and follow oral and written directions
Learn, interpret, and follow District operations, policies, and objectives
Work independently with little direction
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Establish and maintain effective working and cooperative relationships with others
Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines
Maintain records and prepare reports
Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action
Provide information and assistance to students regarding the operation, use, and care of equipment
Read schematic diagrams and analyze circuitry
Physical Abilities Hearing and speaking to communicate with students and faculty
Seeing to inspect materials and to observe student behavior
Dexterity of hands and fingers to prepare materials and demonstrations and to operate and maintain lab equipment
Lifting and carrying heavy objects
Reaching to grasp and move supplies


Exposure to electrical currents
Exposure to hazardous chemicals
Exposure to laser beams
Requested Start Date: NA
Work Week/Hours Monday through Thursday: The schedule may fluctuate based upon the needs of the college. Some evening hours are required.
Closing Date 04-14-2013
Required Applicant Documents:
Documents not to exceed 2mb maximum Resume

This is an examination open to the public and current district employees seeking a promotional opportunity. To ensure consideration, please submit your application materials by April 14, 2013.

The examination process will consist of the following components:

A) Evaluation of Training and Experience (T&E) = Qualifying (pass/fail)
B) Technical Interview = 100% weighting on final score

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications stated by the filing deadline in order to move forward in the testing process. Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their application materials reviewed during a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E). A T&E is an assessment of training and experience that has prepared the candidate for the position. Those with the highest scores on the T&E will be invited to the technical interview. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email.

The date range and location of the technical interview are listed below.

Date Range: Monday, April 29, 2013 to Friday, May 3, 2013
Location: Ventura County Community College District
255 W. Stanley Avenue, Suite 150
Ventura, CA 93001

The above date range is subject to change. Candidates will be notified of any scheduling changes via email.

Official transcripts providing confirmation that you meet the minimum educational requirement must be presented to the Human Resources Department prior to beginning employment.

The VCCCD does not accept letters of recommendation. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.

The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) will not tolerate harassment or discrimination against any person. Discrimination is defined as special or disparate treatment based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation of any person, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on the association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The VCCCD will enforce all state and federal laws and District policy prohibiting discrimination.
Salary Range: $3,981 - $5,491
Starting Salary: $3,981 - $4,430
New employees may request salary placement above step one based on directly related experience which exceeds the minimum qualifications for the classification. Advanced salary placement must be requested at the time of offer and is subject to verification of qualifying experience and applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and/or Personnel Commission Rules.

Special Instructions to Applicants
In completing the application and the supplemental questionnaire, outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops) and experience. Please be sure to answer every component of each supplemental question as your responses will be scored and serve as your score on the training and experience evaluation. Appearance before the oral examination (interview) board will be limited to the candidates with the highest T&E scores. For your application to be considered, the supplemental questions must be completed in full. Failure to answer the questions as required will result in disqualification.

Upon completion of the examination, the open / promotional eligibility list will be compiled by combining the final examination score with applicable seniority and veteran's credits, if any. The candidates will be ranked according to their total score on the eligibility list. Certification will be made from the highest three ranks of the eligibility list. This eligibility list will be used to fill the current vacancies up to one year from the date of the technical interview.

All appointments made from eligibility lists for initial appointment or for promotion shall be probationary for a period of six (6) months or one hundred thirty (130) days of paid service whichever is longer.

Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

Supplemental Questions:
The following questions will be asked of all applicants.

When you apply for this position, you may wish to compose your responses to the supplemental questions in a separate document that can be edited, saved, and pasted into the applicable online application supplemental question response fields. This will prevent the unintended loss of data, as the system will automatically log you out after 60 minutes of inactivity.

1. Please list the college-level coursework you have completed in physical or applied sciences. In your response, include a) the name of the school where the courses were completed, b) the title of the courses, c) final grades received, and d) any formal academic degrees obtained. If you have not completed any such coursework, please mark N/A.

2. Describe your experience working in a physical or applied sciences lab. Please include in your response a) the duration of your experience, b) the institution(s) in which you have gained the experience, and c) your specific responsibilities in the lab. Please include any experience you have assisting in lab instruction and demonstrations. If you have no such experience, please mark N/A.

3. Describe your experience repairing equipment typically found in an undergraduate physics and/or physical sciences lab. Please include in your response a) the specific equipment you have experience repairing, b) the capacity in which you have repaired such equipment, and c) any experience you have using hand-tools to perform mechanical repair of equipment. If you have no such experience, please mark N/A.

4. How did you learn about this job vacancy?