Course Technician

Updated: 4 days ago
Job Type: FullTime

Please refer to the How to Apply for a Job (for External Candidates)  job aid for instructions on how to apply.

If you are an active McGill employee (ie: currently in an active contract or position at McGill University), do not apply through this Career Site. Login to your McGill Workday account and apply to this posting using the Find Jobs report (type Find Jobs in the search bar).

This is a permanent position in the department of Chemical Engineering.

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, oversees the day-to-day operations of a teaching laboratory. Organizes, distributes and verifies the work of others, and participates in their training. Plans and organizes laboratory schedules. Coordinates provision of equipment and materials. Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Liaises between staff and students. Performs duties related to administering laboratory sections and examinations. Coordinates production of course documents. Maintains equipment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Services and maintains equipment, such as the reserve osmosis systems and all pumps used for fluid mechanics experiments.  Arranges maintenance for machines and equipment when necessary.
  • Performs specialized technical Chemical Engineering tasks such as the calibration of laboratory balances, flowmeters, temperature probes and readouts. 
  • Prepares and modifies protocols for undergraduate teaching for use by students and TAs.  Helps to develops teaching aids for use in courses, such as the development of training programs for safety (i.e. proper handling and use of gas cylinders and regulators, used by new graduate students in CHEE 681 and 682). 
  • Actively participates in the Department’s safety committee in the role of safety coordinator performing duties such as reading/correcting safety questionnaires, safety demonstration scheduling, demonstrating proper use of equipment, participates in safety trainings and lab inspections. Performs weekly eyewash station inspections and quarterly first aid kit inspections/restocking. Handles weekly waste disposal day for liquid chemical and biological waste. 
  • Maintains an inventory of all lab supplies (including gloves, beakers, chemicals, replacement parts, etc.) and makes orders/arrangements when necessary.  Ensures purchases are properly timed for biological organisms with expiration dates. 
  • Keeps records of purchase orders made through McGill Marketplace or purchases through P-card.  Maintains computerized information systems such as myLab (chemical inventory) and Chemical Engineering safety database. 
  • Uses a variety of equipment such as balances, pH meters, pipettors, laminar flow hoods, fume hoods incubators, autoclaves, microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, chromatography apparatus, chillers, temperature probes and readouts, flowmeters, computers and pumps. 

The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.

Common Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to listen and to assist students and staff. Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to multi-task. Excellent attention to detail. Proven ability to work in a computerized and audio-visual environment. Demonstrated ability to organize laboratory schedules. Demonstrated ability to work with web-based course material. Demonstrated experience with combination of technical and functional aspects of simulation technology and equipment, an asset. Must be service oriented with a   proven ability to deal with people at all levels. Experience working and training students in a  laboratory setting. Experience in implementing and ensuring safety standards and practices in the lab. Experience training Teaching Assistants to assist in lab sessions. Strong attention to detail and proven ability to verify work. Experience and education in Chemical Engineering, processes or related fields.

Minimum Education and Experience:

DEC III - Medical Laboratory Technology 4 Years Related Experience /

Hourly Salary:

(MUNACA Level H) $32.09 - $39.78

Hours per Week:

35 (Full time)



Position End Date (If applicable):

Deadline to Apply:


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, .

View or Apply

Similar Positions