Mechanical Technician Duties
This is responsible technical and skilled mechanical work
involving supervision in a research or instructional laboratory.
Work involves responsibility for supervising important
laboratory functions in the operation and maintenance of special
laboratory apparatus and equipment in the construction of
complex research and experimental test models. Work in this
class is distinguished from that of lower level laboratory
mechanics in that employees have responsibility for carrying
through to completion complex research and experimental projects
which require the application of advanced knowledge in the
subject field of assignment, together with journeyman skills in
several of the mechanical trades. Duties are performed with
minimum technical supervision and involve consideration,
latitude, and discretion in developing work techniques and
methods. Work assignments are received with only general
instructions and are reviewed through occasional inspection and
by observation of results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervises and participates in constructing research and
experimental prototype models from sketches, oral instruction,
and blueprints; instructs subordinate technicians and mechanics
in proper work methods and techniques.
Duties include performing skilled work in several of the
mechanical or building trades which may include work in the
machinist, cabinet making, welding, electrical, and plumbing
Conducts experimental tests on models; compiles and reduces
Constructs high precision prototype models and experimental
Supervises the operation and maintenance of experimental
equipment; instructs students and others in the operation of
special experimental apparatus and equipment.
Repairs and maintains testing equipment and instruments.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from high school plus high level vocational training
and considerable experience as a journeyman worker in several of
the mechanical or related trades including experience in the
assigned technical field; supervisory experience highly
desirable; or any equivalent combination of training and
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials,
methods, and practices of several of the mechanical or related
Considerable knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of
Considerable knowledge of shop techniques and procedures, and of
the types, nomenclatures, and uses of materials, equipment, and
tools of the shop or laboratory of assignment.
Knowledge of the theory and principles of the subject field.
Ability to conduct limited design, plan, and lay out
construction, fabrication or assembly jobs, and to carry through
Ability to locate and identify malfunctions or defections in
equipment or apparatus and to make repairs.
Ability to plan and supervise the work and instruct subordinate
technicians and subordinates.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with engineers, scientist, students, and