Chemistry Technicians perform laboratory tests on organic and inorganic chemicals, analyse test data and carry 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.
Also known as: Chemistry Technical Officer.
Specialisations: Chemical Instrumentation Officer, Chemical Process Analyst, Chemistry Laboratory Technician, Dairy Laboratory Technician, Petroleum Laboratory Technician, Sugar Laboratory Assistant.
Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in chemistry, laboratory technology or a related field is needed to work as a Chemistry Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Chemistry Technicians.
- Prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals.
- Collects information and samples.
- Conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
- Presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports.
- Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement.
- Controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage.
- Checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment.
- Participates in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.
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