Histology Technician Duties
This is routine technical work in the preparation of tissue
specimens for pathological examination.
Work involves responsibility for accuracy in preparing, cutting,
staining, and mounting tissue sections to assist pathologists in
making correct diagnosis of patient's disease and cause of
death; in teaching pathology and in studies of pathologic
phenomena. Employees of this class receive technical guidance at
the beginning of employment; however, as experience is gained,
the degree of technical guidance lessens. Work is performed in
accordance with standard laboratory practices and procedures
under the supervision of a technical superior who reviews work
in progress and upon completion.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Fills electric tissue float; turns on tissue dryer; sets up
metal embedding blocks.
Pours hot paraffin into blocks; places tissue and autopsy ticket
in blocks; places blocks into iced water; removes molded
paraffin blocks; trims blocks; puts tissues in numerical order;
puts tissue on metal block holders.
Sets up microtome; cuts tissue; floats tissue on electric water
bath; picks up tissue on slide; dries tissue on electric dryer.
Stains tissue; places coverslip on slide; prepares case card.
Prepares solutions and reagents in accordance with standard
formulae; sharpens and hones microtome knives; cleans and
maintains laboratory equipment; keeps routine records of work
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school, including course work in
the natural sciences, and preferably some experience in
laboratory work; or any equivalent of training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Some knowledge of the basic principles and procedures of
Ability to learn the principles and practices of histologic
Ability to perform assigned tasks according to exactly
prescribed procedures and to make accurate observations of