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This is technical and skilled mechanical work involving the performance of a variety of craft tasks.

Work involves the application of mechanical skills to the maintenance, modification, and fabrication of instructional, experimental, research, and operational apparatus and equipment used in laboratories, classrooms, maintenance shops, and farming. Mechanical skills are required in several of the trades. Work emphasis is on the fabrication or apparatus for laboratory and research purposes and the maintenance of mechanical equipment. Employees are expected to exercise some discretion and judgement in determining techniques and methods for completing work, and to develop a basic understanding of the subject field to which assigned. Work assignments are received from instructional or research personnel, either orally or in the form of sketches, blueprints, and diagrams. Unusual or special assignments are reviewed primarily by observation of results obtained.


Designs, fabricates, modifies, and repairs varied mechanical and electrical apparatus, devices, and test models for experimental, instructional, research, testing, processing, and operational purposes which may involve machine work, welding, sheet metal fabrication, and electrical repairs; assembles and disassembles test models.

Services and maintains laboratory apparatus; may conduct standard laboratory tests and other research studies.

Operates, maintains, repairs, cleans, rewires, greases, and rebuilds machinery and equipment.

Constructs and assembles components for experiments using various types of metal working tools, such as lathes, shapers, drills, welding equipment, and sheet metal tools.

Sets up apparatus and equipment for laboratory experiments and classes; prepares test specimens; repairs test instruments; obtains data from instruments.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school and considerable experience related to this class of work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, methods, and practices of one or more mechanical trades.

Some knowledge of hazards and safety precautions of the trades.

Ability to work from sketches, plans, blueprints, and broken or worn parts as patterns.

Skill in the use and repair of mechanical equipment and instruments.



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