Lab technicians are skilled workers that work with complex systems or perform highly technical mechanical or diagnostic tests in medical or scientific laboratories.
Depending on the field, technicians may work independently or under the direction of a professional. Lab technicians might collect samples, study and perform tests on body fluids, teeth, chemical compounds, biological specimens, or other fields of science. Lab techs use various types of machinery, lab equipment and complex computer programs to perform their tests. Lab techs also record their data or findings for study and scrutiny by doctors and physicians. Labs need to be sterile environments, so lab techs must maintain a clean environment.
This apprenticeship is available as a Level 3 Framework; this apprenticeship is suitable for those interested in working in a laboratory setting, supporting scientists and helping to carry out tests, research and investigations. The apprentice will train as a laboratory technician and learn practical scientific skills. The nature of the work will depend on the employer, but whether working for a pharmaceutical company or a university, the apprentice will most likely be working with a team of scientists and technicians. The Level 3 Framework has a duration of 18 months on program.