Performs laboratory tests on organic and inorganic chemicals, analyses test data and carries out technical functions in support of Chemists or Chemical Engineers in a wide variety of areas such as fuels, agricultural products, food, pharmaceuticals, paints, metals, plastics, textiles, detergents, paper, fertilisers and cosmetics.
perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support functions to assist with research, design, production and teaching in chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences.
preparing materials for experimentation such as freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
collecting information and samples
conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
presenting results in graphic and written form by preparing maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
performing routine mathematical calculations, and computations of measurements
controlling the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
participating in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met
preparing experiments and demonstrations for science classes
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
In New Zealand:
NZ Register Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.