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This is highly skilled supervisory and administrative work in the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of mechanical devices, research instruments, and related equipment.

An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for the management and direction of a central mechanical instrument shop engaged in the design, construction, modification, maintenance, and repair of a variety of mechanical devices used for data processing, instructional, and research purposes. The employee in this class participates actively with university faculty and research personnel in the design of mechanical equipment and related scientific apparatus. Work is carried out independently, but under the general supervision of a faculty member. Work is reviewed by observation of results.


Supervises and participates in the design, construction, assembly, maintenance, and repair of a variety of mechanical equipment such as data processing machines, interferometers, mass spectrometers, microwave cavities, and similar instruments and equipment.

Discusses technical problems of mechanical equipment design and construction with faculty and research personnel; determines if the instrumentation can be purchased or must be built in the university shop.

Estimates the cost of proposed jobs; schedules the work; maintains quality control.

Selects, orders, and maintains an inventory of equipment and supplies.

Recruits and trains subordinate technicians.

Keeps records of shop time for billing purposes.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school supplemented by college level course work in mechanical engineering and higher mathematics and considerable experience in the design, construction, modification, and maintenance of mechanical instruments and equipment, including supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, and tools used in the construction and repair of mechanical laboratory equipment and apparatus.

Thorough knowledge of the principles of mechanical engineering.

Knowledge of standard and emergency purchasing procedures.

Ability to plan, lay out, schedule, and supervise the work of subordinates.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, research personnel, and subordinates.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.



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