Skills Medical Laboratory Technical Assistant in Canada

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a medical laboratory technical assistant in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants (NOC 33101).


  • Collect blood, tissue or other samples from patients
  • Log patient samples and prepare them for testing
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment
  • Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • Clean and maintain medical laboratory and laboratory equipment
  • Conduct quality control assessment of testing techniques
  • Arrange for radiographic examinations of patients for autopsy
  • Assist with or perform autopsies and surgical specimen examinations under pathologists' supervision
  • Clean and maintain autopsy, surgical and other equipment
  • Collect tissue specimens for chemical analysis and record findings
  • Discard specimens according to established safety procedures
  • Dissect, examine, weigh and photograph organs and specimens
  • Prepare bodies for release to funeral homes
  • Prepare for autopsies by obtaining patients' medical records
  • Supervise and train junior resident pathologists and morgue attendants

Skills and Knowledge Checklist

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.


Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery Help - Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery
  • Using Specialized Instrumentation and Equipment
Service and Care Help - Service and Care
  • Cleaning and House/Shop Keeping
Information Handling Help - Information Handling
  • Processing Information
Analysis Help - Analysis
  • Analyzing Information


Health Services Help - Health Services
  • Medicine
Mathematics and Science Help - Mathematics and Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
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