Job Description

Job Title: Medical Lab Technician
Job ID: 658965
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Facility: UPMC Cancer Centers
Department: ALTNA MO Holding
Location: 800 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601


At UPMC, our Medical Lab Technicians play an indispensable role in providing the very best care for our patients. We rely on their skills and knowledge to perform accurate laboratory testing which is critical in the diagnosis and treatment of thousands of patients each day. If you’re a Medical Lab Technician interested in building a meaningful career, UPMC could be your next step. Explore this position, and find out where your career can take you!

This position would be scheduled Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No weekend or holiday responsibilities!

In this role you would provide for accurately performing specimen analysis, instrument operation-maintenance-troubleshooting, QC, QA in a physician office laboratory. Assist physician and nursing staff with patient flow, patient care, and procedures as necessary. Follow all established Laboratory P&P.

  • Assay and analyze quality control specimens to ensure acceptable patient results.
  • Charge accurately the encounter forms for laboratory work performed using ICD-9 coding knowledge.
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior toward patients, visitors, staff, peers, and physicians.
  • Identify troubleshooting procedures and call technical service.
  • Implement and comply with safety and quality assurance standards. 
  • Comply with regulatory agency standards. 
  • Adhere to OSHA Standards, laboratory safety compliance and site safety officer.
  • Maintain a clean working environment and restock laboratory as necessary. 
  • Assist Laboratory Manager in implementing Laboratory P&P, OSHA regulations, record keeping and inventory control.
  • Maintain an adequate supply of reagents, consumables, and general laboratory supplies.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information related to patients and medical staff.
  • Perform collection and specimen analysis of all Hematology-Chemistry specimens according to laboratory P&P.
  • Perform microscopic examination of urinary sediment and other tests as ordered.
  • Perform proficiency testing according to CLIA 88 guidelines.
  • Plot QC results. Follow defined protocol for investigating out of control runs and implement necessary remedial action. 
  • Record daily laboratory functions on appropriate logs.
  • Perform daily, weekly, and monthly instrument maintenance. 
  • Perform calibrations according to manufacturer.
  • Prepare reagents, stains, and other chemical solutions following manufacturer guidelines
  • Prepare smears and perform peripheral differentials.
  • Process specimens for send-out testing.
  • Recognize and verify all critical and abnormal results with appropriate documentation and follow up.
  • Record and track patient results in an efficient accurate manner.
  • Report abnormal values according to established protocols. 
  • Notify patient of laboratory results per physician's request.


  • Associate degree in a laboratory science or Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) from an accredited institution, 
  • OR Certification from an accredited Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) program, 
  • OR Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university with a major in biological, chemical, physical, or clinical laboratory science AND ASCP preferred,  
  • OR Equivalent education and experience as defined by CLIA 88 for individuals performing high complexity testing. 
  • Prefer minimum 1year experience in a hospital laboratory. 
  • Need to know Medical terminology and laboratory information system.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • MLT ASCP registration preferred.
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $14.58 to $22.35

Union Position: No

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