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Instructional Lab Technician-Culinary Arts

Southwestern College (CA)
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 21, 2023

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Instructional Lab Technician-Culinary Arts

Southwestern Community College District

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Department: School of Applied Technology and Hospitality Management

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

Under the direction of the Dean, School of Applied Technology, Hospitality Management and Workforce Development or designated administrator, maintain and care for the facilities, tools and equipment of culinary instructional laboratories; support and assist instructional staff with laboratory experiences; prepare and maintain a variety of requisitions, records, and files; order, receive, store, and organize ingredients and other instructional materials; oversee the safety and sanitation of laboratory spaces, equipment, and instructional materials.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
  1. Coordinate day-to-day kitchen operations to support culinary arts classes. Create ingredient and instructional material requisitions; order food items and instructional materials for scheduled delivery and pick-up that assures proper quality and quantity.
  2. Receive, inspect, store, and organize ingredients for laboratory activities. Label and store food items to comply with HACCP and DHS standards.
  3. Maintain culinary arts laboratories in a clean, safe, sanitary, operating, and orderly condition.
  4. Prepare, set up, disassemble, and maintain culinary arts equipment and instructional materials for student activities as directed by faculty.
  5. Maintain an inventory of tools, equipment, and consumable/non-consumable supplies and materials. Inspect tools and equipment for defects and damage.
  6. Assist students in the technical aspects of culinary arts lab procedures. Operate a variety of culinary tools and equipment; provide assistance to students in the safe handling and operation of tools and equipment.
  7. Maintain hazardous materials storage and handling, as assigned.
  8. Perform daily maintenance and minor repairs of tools and equipment; arrange for major repairs of culinary arts equipment according to established guidelines.
  9. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Principles, practices, procedures of equipment, tools, and materials used in a culinary arts instructional laboratory environment.
  • Culinary arts laboratory operations and procedures.
  • Principles and practices used in ordering, receiving, storing, and organizing food items.
  • Inventory control principles and practices.
  • Occupational hazards and safety regulations, precautions, and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of record keeping.
  • Interpersonal skills of working cooperatively and productively with others, including active listening, clear communication, patience, and courtesy.
  • Modern office practices, procedures, technology, and computer equipment and applications, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
  • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Basic principles and practices of budget administration.

  • Use, operate, and ensure the proper operation, care, and security of culinary arts laboratory equipment, materials, and tools.
  • Prepare and set up laboratory equipment, materials, and other teaching aids in an organized and timely manner.
  • Perform inventory control and maintain accurate inventory reports.
  • Order, receive, store, organize consumable material and supplies.
  • Oversee and maintain the safe operation of culinary arts laboratories and related support areas.
  • Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new instruments, equipment, and systems.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Plan and organize work; meet schedules and timelines.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Administer first aid.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physical ability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Learn and adapt to changing technology and equipment used in the performance of assigned duties.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Any combination equivalent to: two (2) years of technical trainingANDExperience within a culinary arts setting with demonstrated experience utilizing tools and equipment used in the culinary arts instructional program.

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)

Desirable Qualifications:

Range 24, Steps 1-7, $5,202.92-$6,582.76. Initial placement for external applicants is Step 1. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.

Start Date

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2023 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

Work Schedule:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Approximately). Work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the office.Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at">

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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