Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: T0017 / Medical Lab Technologist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, performs routine tests in medical laboratory to provide data for use in diagnosis and treatment of disease, ensuring validity and accuracy of test results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collects, processes, and handles blood and/or other biological specimens according to established procedures; instructs patients in the proper collection of samples.
  2. Performs a variety of clinical laboratory tests in the areas of hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis, as assigned; conducts quantitative and qualitative chemical analyses of body fluids such as blood, urine, and spinal fluid; performs blood counts using microscope.
  3. Conducts blood tests for transfusion purposes; may draw blood from patient's finger, ear lobe, or vein observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood samples.
  4. Develops and maintains cell/tissue cultures for testing purposes, as appropriate; isolates and identifies specimens, using advanced laboratory techniques.
  5. Performs quality control on test results, ensuring validity and accuracy.
  6. Performs calibration and troubleshooting on testing systems and instruments to ensure adherence to established standards of accuracy.
  7. Keeps records and reports on results according to established procedures.
  8. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Successful completion of at least 60 college-level credit hours including 6 semester hours of Biology and 6 semester hours of Chemistry; no experience required. Certification/Licensure: CLA (ASCP) certification, OR completion of accredited MLT program or military med lab training course, OR 3 years of acceptable clinical lab experience. OR MLT Certification.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Ability to prepare and process laboratory samples using established protocols.
  • Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to perform a range of clinical laboratory tests and chemical analyses on biological samples.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to draw intravenous and peripheral blood.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and experimental protocols and procedures.
  • Knowledge of tissue culture procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to utilize, calibrate, configure and/or troubleshoot laboratory testing systems and instruments.
  • Ability to isolate and identify specimens using advanced laboratory techniques and equipment.
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 02/09/2023