College of Science Central Shops Equipment Technician, Electro-Mechanical

San Jose, CA
Mar 29, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24481
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 7012
Department: College of Science


Classification: Equipment Technician II - Electro-Mechanical
Anticipated Hiring Salary: $4,629 /month - $5,100 /month
Salary Range: $3,748/month - $6,390 /month
FLSA status: Nonexempt

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About the Position

The Equipment Technician II (Electro-Mechanical) performs skilled repair, maintenance, or modification of equipment and appliances. Emphasis is upon the design, fabrication, and construction of unique equipment, teaching aids and technical apparatus for use in the laboratory or classroom related to research or instructional support or any other specific need for the College of Science.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

-Assists with all Central Shop functions in consultation with the Facilities Coordinator. Plans, schedules and coordinates for Central Shop staff and student assistants.

-Works directly with and acts as resource to faculty, students, and staff in design and fabrication of equipment in support of research and instruction. -Assists with the development, design, fabrication (welding, woodworking, machining, plastics and metals) and maintenance of complex and unique specialized and sensitive equipment for all CoS departments, and other departments on campus.

-Adapts used or donated specialized and unique equipment for one of a kind use for the departments in the College of Science.

-Maintains, modifies and performs highly skilled repairs for unique and specialized equipment by diagnosing, testing, and analyzing electrical and mechanical system functions.

-Maintains records on shop equipment; maintains records of assigned College of Science refrigeration systems and continually updates to Montreal Protocol Standards

-Performs preventative maintenance, repair and upgrading of equipment such as lathes, mills, drill presses, band/table/vertical & horizontal saws, welding and cutting machines, sheet metal forming machines, joiner, planer, shaper, appliances and various vacuum and exhaust.

-Maintains records on shop equipment; maintains records of assigned College of Science refrigeration systems and continually updates to Montreal Protocol Standards.

-Orders special tooling for equipment and special projects; tracks inventory of bench stock and reorders supplies and specialty items.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to two years of journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of scientific or technical equipment in the specialty area to which assigned or requiring trade or craft skills working with a variety of unique materials or equivalent to two years of semi-skilled experience maintaining and repairing scientific or technical equipment or related experience in the type of equipment to which assigned as part of instructional support activities may be substituted for one year of the required experience or equivalent to two years of trade school or technical arts training with specialization in the type of equipment repair to which assigned, completion of an apprenticeship program, or completion of a full military specialization in the required type of equipment maintenance and repair for one year of the required experience.

A Federal Communications Commission license is required for some positions.

Preferred Qualifications

-Minimum of two years of journey level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of scientific or technical equipment
-EPA certification (Montreal Protocol) for refrigeration procedures, and handling of Freon required
-Demonstrated experience in machine and welding shop procedures and techniques, and maintenance, repair and operation of mechanical and electronic equipment
-Demonstrated experience with MS Office (Word, Excel)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

-Knowledge of methods and procedures of machine shop equipment.
-Knowledge of electrical diagnostic equipment with high and low voltage shock hazards.
-Ability to operate woodworking equipment including power tools, table saw, band saw, reciprocating saw, compound miter saw, shaper, wood lathe, and various hand-operated tools.
-Ability to operate metal working equipment and power tools including engine lathe, mill, band saw, sheet metal shears, brakes, MIG welder, TIG welder, oxygen/acetylene torch and related hand tooling.
-Knowledge of refrigeration (refrigerant reclaimer), vacuum pumps, various freons in pressure vessels that require extreme care handling, exposure and environment procedures.
-Ability to design, fabricate, modify, and repair technical equipment of the specialty assignment following original or suggested plans.
-Knowledge of equipment repair, maintenance, troubleshooting and overhaul.
-Ability to analyze and troubleshoot equipment problems and determine what repairs are needed.
-Ability to review and prepare specifications for technical equipment.
-Ability to install, repair, and maintain a wide variety of equipment.
-Thorough knowledge of all safety methods, procedures and practices.
-Working knowledge of design and drafting procedures.
-Working knowledge of software applications; word processing, spreadsheet, and database management.
-Ability to perform to perform accurately in a detail-oriented environment.
-Must be able to take oral direction, work from sketches or technical manuals.
-Ability to handle multiple priorities, organize and plan work and projects.
-Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive communications with employees and external agencies.
-Ability to quickly learn and apply a variety of state, federal, CSU, and SJSU policies and procedures.

Posting Date

March 22, 2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins April 6, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:

Letter of interest

Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Note To Applicant

Every applicant who reaches the final level of interviews will be required to complete a background check. The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0046
Phone: 408-924-2250


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