Technical Assistant III

Payroll Title: UCP VI
Class Code: 0603-9086
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Score: 546


Under the direction of designated supervisor and/or faculty member, provides relatively complex technical assistance in support of the research, teaching or service activities of a department.


Incumbents in this position are expected to know and apply to the completion of projects a reasonably broad knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures in a technical specialty.   Work is of moderate difficulty and considerable variety.  Assignments are broad in nature, and incumbents are expected to work with only occasional recourse to supervisor.  Appreciable problem solving and ingenuity are required.


  1. Prepares or supervises preparation of samples for analysis or testing.
  2. Selects most appropriate methods and techniques from among a variety of possibilities; tests such methods to ensure accuracy and consistency; as needed, makes modifications of moderate difficulty to ensure standardized results or investigates alternate methodologies, in consultation with supervision.
  3. Independently performs tests or analyses using a variety of methods and techniques which may require modification to produce standardized results; calculates results, evaluates findings and determines need for further analysis based on presumptive evidence; documents methodology and findings.
  4. Operates, tests and calibrates analytical instruments, equipment and related components; makes adjustments and resolves difficult problems.
  5. Is responsible for maintaining in proper working order equipment, instruments and related apparatus, which may be highly specialized or prototype; trouble-shoots and resolves difficult problems; may be responsible for design, construction or modification of such equipment.
  6. Maintains necessary records, proper laboratory conditions and safety procedures; maintains an adequate inventory of laboratory supplies and recommends purchases; may coordinate or schedule use of laboratory and/or supervise technicians of lower grade.
  7. Assists, and may train, students and others in laboratory methods and techniques, proper use of equipment and related work.
  8. Keeps abreast of developments in area of expertise through reading scientific journals and technical papers.
  9. Assists in conducting more complex analysis as requested.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in specialty appropriate to department to be served and 3 to 5 year experience OR Master’s degree and 1 to 2 years experience.
  2. Demonstrated ability to apply a variety of concepts, techniques and practices to broad-based projects in the technical specialty appropriate to the department to be served.
  3. Ability to produce reliable results, problem-solve and trouble shoot difficult problems.
  4. Ability to maintain and trouble-shoot difficult problems with laboratory equipment; design and construction capability may be required in some specialty areas.
  5. Knowledge of computers and programming may be required in some specialty areas.



Date Created: 6/28/1985