Medical Technologist

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Position Summary:

This is medical technology work performing diagnostic laboratory tests in the analysis of human tissue and body fluids in a clinical laboratory. An employee in this class performs a variety of standardized laboratory tests in a variety of fields, which include clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis and hematology. Work may include providing technical guidance to lower level technicians. Work is performed under the general direction of a technical supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs a variety of standardized laboratory tests in the fields of clinical chemistry, immunology, hematology, microbiology, molecular microbiology and urinalysis; performs tests requiring use of automated equipment such as chemistry analyzers, hematology analyzers, cell counters and flowcytometer, immunoassay analyzers and atomic absorption spectrophotometers; performs complex tests requiring use of pipettors, dilutors, spectrophotometers and microscopes.

Conducts standardized laboratory tests to identify the origins or causes of disease states by following laboratory procedures for specimen handling and test analysis; validates, reports and maintains records of examinations conducted and patient test results; complies with established policies and procedures for quality control, quality assurance and safety; performs and documents quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance activities.

Prepares special culture media, solutions, reagents, standards and controls according to prescribed procedures; may be required to dissect animal heads; perform rabies testing on animals to test for the presence of rabies and other infectious diseases; prepares slides.

Assists lower level technical personnel in troubleshooting; provides technical guidance and reviews their work.

Performs related work as required.

Skills Required:

The use of laboratory equipment

The use of the microscope and accessory equipment

The accurate identification of bacteria and other micro-organisms

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in medical technology or one of the biological or chemical sciences from an accredited college or university; ASCP certification.

Essential Functions (E):

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
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