Experience working as a core technical assistant
A typical day in the department of chemistry as a core technical assistant included performing technical duties to ensure the smooth running of the science chemistry laboratories along with assisting the senior technician with mundane and technical tasks. In the morning before students would arrive for lab practicals my tasks would include ensuring lab sinks/benches are kept cleaned and maintained, ensuring flammable chemicals were topped up, turning on machines for practicals and setting up practical sessions by arranging glassware and chemicals for particular experiment.
During the practicals duties would include making chemical solutions if needed, making consumables for experiments (TLC plates, spotters, melting point tubes), cleaning glassware and dealing with chemical waste and purchasing items from stores.
Towards the end of the day in the chemistry labs tasks would include close down of the chemistry labs from experiments. Chemical waste from the experiment fume hoods would be collected and compiled and fume hood would be emptied of used items and cleaned. After this used machines around the lab would be turned off and any remaining solid or liquid waste would be disposed of.
Culture of the workplace was the core technical assistant would work under the core technician and the core technician would work under the technical services manager. The hardest part of the job is being able to work under pressure and the most enjoyable was the variety of tasks in the job and working to a routine or structure.