Skills Medical Laboratory Technical Assistant in the Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "medical laboratory technical assistant" was moved from the group Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants (NOC 3212) to the group Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (NOC 33101).

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

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


  • Analysis Help -
    • Projecting Outcomes
    • Researching and Investigating
    • Planning
    • Examining and Diagnosing
    • Analyzing Information
    • Inspecting and Testing
  • Service and Care Help -
    • Counselling and Nurturing
    • Treating People/Animals
    • Protecting and Enforcing
    • Serving Others
    • Cooking, Preparing, Serving
    • Tending to Daily Needs
    • Cleaning and House/Shop Keeping
  • Information Handling Help -
    • Managing Information
    • Processing Information
  • Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery Help -
    • Installing and Setting-Up Technical Infrastructure
    • Debugging and Reprogramming Technical Systems
    • Using Specialized Instrumentation and Equipment


  • Mathematics and Science Help -
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Physics
    • Earth Sciences (Geosciences)
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
  • Health Services Help -
    • Medicine
    • Therapy and Counselling
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