The laboratory technician examines everyday items, such as food products, the environment, medicines and cosmetics. The laboratory technician ensures the quality and safety of products. The laboratory technician also participates in the development of new products, disease research and crime solving. The work of the laboratory technician includes the analysis of industrial raw materials and products, such as paints and fuels. In practical work, the laboratory technician prepares solutions, takes and processes samples, takes measurements and calculates results. The work of the laboratory technician is precise, careful, responsible and long-term, and it requires the ability to work independently and in a team.
In the Taitaja competition, the laboratory technician makes laboratory determinations. The laboratory technician processes samples and performs the necessary chemical, physical and biotechnological analyses. The laboratory technician calculates the results, assesses the accuracy of the results and draws conclusions about the quality of the samples. The laboratory technician adheres to occupational safety regulations and the principles of sustainable development in their work. The competition tasks of the skill category are based on the excellent level skills requirements of the Vocational Qualification in Laboratory Technology and the requirements of working life.
Laboratory technician is a skill category with no age limit. The competition is an individual competition.