Laboratory Equipment Cleaner

Clean laboratory equipment using solvents, brushes, and rags.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Laboratory Equipment Cleaners do?

Cleans laboratory equipment, such as glassware, metal instruments, sinks, tables, and test panels, using solvents, brushes, and rags: Mixes water and detergents or acids in container to prepare cleaning solution according to specifications. Washes, rinses, and dries glassware and instruments, using water, acetone bath, and cloth or hot-air drier. Scrubs walls, floors, shelves, tables, and sinks, using cleaning solution and brush. May sterilize glassware and instruments, using autoclave. May fill tubes and bottles with specified solutions and apply identification labels. May label and file microscope slides. May arrange specimens and samples on trays to be placed in incubators and refrigerators. May deliver supplies and laboratory specimens to designated work areas, using handtruck. May tend still that supplies laboratory with distilled water. May be designated Glass Washer, Laboratory when cleaning glassware. May maintain inventory reports and logs.

Should I be a Laboratory Equipment Cleaner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Cleaning Laborer, Cleaning Operator, Custodial Laborer, Equipment Washer, Glass Washer, Laboratory, Laboratory Aide See More

    How to Become a
    Laboratory Equipment Cleaner

    Most Laboratory Equipment Cleaners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Master's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9caacc&chl=no+college+%2889%25%29|certificate+%284%25%29|||master%27s+%283%25%29|doctorate+%283%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,89,89
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