Science technicians use the principles and theories of science and mathematics to solve problems in research and development and to help invent and improve products and processes. However, their jobs are more practically oriented than those of scientists. Technicians set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results, and often develop conclusions.
Knowledge needed for the role:
•A sound knowledge of plant chemistry at the site.
•Current processing technology methods.
•Information Communications Technology.
•Health & Safety Legislation, related Codes of Practice and regulations. •Planning and scheduling techniques.
•Process control and instrumentation systems.
The responsibilities a science technician has:
•Ensuring that the team provides a quality service on a daily basis. •Supporting the Operations Support head in managing the group and workload to meet safety requirements and other business plan objectives. •Supporting the group Head in training and developing team members. •Controlling the issue of work to the team.
•Supporting business improvement of the team and undertaking project work as required. •Ensuring that all health and safety procedures are understood and followed correctly. •Coordinating work in the laboratory to ensure efficient use is made of expensive pieces of equipment. •Managing the stock control of chemicals and equipment.
•Cataloguing recordings and making them available when requested. •Ensuring that equipment is properly cleaned and that chemicals, drugs and other materials are appropriately stored. •Maintaining and repairing equipment and laboratory apparatus.
Senior and lead technicians tend to take on more managerial work. This may include budgeting and ordering resources, conducting risk assessments and carrying out staff supervision and training.