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Laboratory Support Technician

Company: UPMC - Pittsburgh Medical Center
Location: Erie
Posted on: June 7, 2024

Job Description:

Job DescriptionDo you want to become a life changer? We invite you to consider joining our UPMC Hamot Lab team as a Laboratory Support Technician! In this full-time role that serves our evening shift with rotating weekends and holidays, there is an opportunity to partner with a multidisciplinary team to support analytic activities that are critical to specimen analysis and providing supreme patient care.

Common Activities in Role:

  • Client Communication: Respond to telephone inquiries, provide status updates on specimen analysis, and guide callers to additional resources as necessary.
  • Specimen Handling: Manage the reception, organization, preparation, and distribution of specimens to designated laboratory areas, ensuring they are ready for analysis.
  • Specimen Preparation: At designated workstations, prepare specimens for analysis, which includes creating worklists, verifying specimen integrity, aliquoting, and loading/unloading onto instruments.
  • Microscopic and Microbiological Tasks: Produce microscopic slides and inoculate specimens into microbiological media as required.
  • Customer Service Excellence: Uphold a service-oriented demeanor, characterized by courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a consistently positive attitude.
  • Instrument Maintenance: Conduct routine and straightforward maintenance of laboratory instruments following specific protocols and document temperature readings when required.
  • Inventory Management: Assist in restocking laboratory supplies to maintain adequate levels and organize storage areas for supplies at room temperature, refrigerated, or frozen conditions.
  • Reagent Preparation: Prepare and restock reagents and consumables for laboratory instruments as needed.
  • Quality Assurance: Execute assigned quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) procedures to maintain laboratory standards.
  • Specimen Management: Facilitate the storage and retrieval of specimens and slides.
  • Workflow Monitoring: Review pending work lists, address any outstanding tasks, and ensure all work is processed.
  • Environmental Safety: Maintain a clean and orderly work environment, decontaminate areas as required, and manage laboratory glassware cleanliness, including residue testing.
  • Safety Equipment Maintenance: Perform regular testing and cleaning of emergency eyewashes and showers.
  • Waste Management: Sort and dispose of laboratory waste according to established safety protocols.
  • Logistical Support: Transport specimens and deliver supplies off-site as needed.

    • High School diploma or equivalent, and at least 2yrs experience as a Specimen Processor (or equivalent) required in a clinical lab, OR
    • Associate degree (with biology and chemistry courses) and at least 1yr of experience as a Specimen Processor (or equivalent) in a clinical lab, OR
    • Phlebotomy or Medical Assistant certification and 1yr of experience as a Specimen Processor (or equivalent) in a clinical lab, OR
    • Successful completion of a 50wk U.S. military medical laboratory training course, OR
    • B.S. degree from an accredited institution with a major in a biological or clinical laboratory science OR
    • Currently enrolled in an MLS (Medical Laboratory Scientist) or equivalent training program, with 3yrs college credits

      Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:


      • Valid driver's license if one is departmentally required.
      • Act 34


        • Medical Laboratory Assistant MLA (ASCP) or equivalent certification

          UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Keywords: UPMC - Pittsburgh Medical Center, Erie , Laboratory Support Technician, Healthcare , Erie, Pennsylvania

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