Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician (Independent Contractor)
IIE MSA And IIE Varsity College
Roodepoort, Gauteng


Posted 05 November 2021 – Closing Date 19 November 2021

Job Details

Job Description

Direct Reporting Line:
Programme Manager (School of Engineering)

IIE MSA, formerly known as Monash South Africa, was founded in 2001 by Monash University. Since April 2019 we are part of The Independent Institution of Education (The IIE), a leader in the higher education sphere. The IIE is internationally recognised by the British Accreditation Council. IIE MSA, located on a 100-hectare campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng. In addition to domestic (South African) students, IIE MSA is home to a diverse of cultures of students from 50 African countries.

The IIE’s MSA in Ruimsig has a Laboratory Technician (Independent Contractor) vacancy in the School of Engineering, ICT, Science and Health in semester 1 of 2022.

 Key Performance Areas:

The person appointed to this role will be responsible for the following Engineering Science Laboratories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering Computer Laboratory

Managing the day-to-day operations of the laboratories, liaising with suppliers to manage the procurement of apparatus and consumables, developing a maintenance plan for the laboratories and ensuring the upkeep of all apparatus and facilities, and working closely with the ITS Department to manage all Engineering-specific software requirements. A comprehensive inventory of all apparatus and consumables must be kept at all times.

Preparation of laboratories for practicum classes, including preparing all equipment and consumables, providing guidance and support to students during classes, in collaboration with the lecturer, and packing away all equipment after classes. An important responsibility will also be providing health and safety training to all staff and students using the laboratories and ensuring that all occupational health and safety protocols and requirements are met at all times. This will also include training students on the use of equipment during practicum classes and for their research and design projects. The laboratory technician may also be required to assist academic staff with various research projects that require the use of any of these laboratories.

IIE MSA has a standing memorandum of understanding with the University of South Africa (UNISA), and where required, the laboratory technician will work closely with UNISA and the IIE MSA Procurement and Finance Departments to arrange all logistics for students and staff to visit UNISA. Continuous feedback must be provided to the IIE MSA Finance Department, to ensure that careful accounting is maintained of all IIE MSA-UNISA interactions.

Additional Responsibilities include managing the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) evidence collection process, which includes the copying, scanning and downloading of assessments and meticulous filing thereof, both digitally and in hard copy, as well as liaising with lecturers and students to have original scripts returned to students.

The laboratory technician may also be required to fulfil various additional administrative duties, as required by the Programmes.


Minimum Educational Requirements:

  • An ideal candidate will hold a minimum of a Bachelor of Technology degree (or equivalent) within Engineering.
  • A candidate who holds an appropriate National Diploma and relevant Occupational Health and Safety certification may also be considered, depending on relevant experience.
  • Relevant certification within Occupational Health and Safety, as it relates to Engineering Laboratories.

 Minimum Work Experience Required:

  • Must have extensive experience of managing Engineering Laboratories.
  • Preferred candidates must have working experience of Occupational Health and Safety, specifically around hot work, electrical and chemical hazards and spillage management.


  • This is a Part-time Independent Contractor role.
  • Preference will be given to SA citizens or Permanent Residents of South Africa. However, Non-South African citizens are also encouraged to apply provided that they have a valid work permit that will not expire within the next 6 months.