5056 Electronics Technician II


TITLE Electronics Technician II




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Senior Electronics Technician

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Natural & Applied Sciences


The Electronics Technician II tests, troubleshoots, calibrates, and  repairs electronic and scientific equipment used in the academic and research programs of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, including the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cooperative Engineering, Geography, Geology & Planning, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy.  The Electronics Technician II assists in the design, construction, and modification of electronic and scientific devices, assists in writing software for scientific equipment for experiments, designs and installs circuitry,  repairs computer hardware and peripherals,  provides user support for various computer labs, resolves network connection and application software  problems, and maintains maintenance and repair records on equipment, inventory of parts, components, and supplies.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent plus one to two years of formal electronics training beyond high school is required.  An Associate's degree in electronics or a related field is preferred.

Experience: At least five years experience which includes experience in several different areas of electronics is required.

Skills:  A demonstrated knowledge of the principles of advanced electronics, including both analog and digital electronics, is required.  The ability to maintain, trouble shoot, repair and calibrate  electronic equipment is required.  Skill in the use of hand tools and test equipment as well as general mechanical aptitude are required.  The ability to read schematics and wiring diagrams is required.  Effective interpersonal skills are required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds in materials.


1. Maintains operational condition of scientific and electronic equipment by cleaning, calibrating,  modifying, and  repairing equipment such as recorders, pH meters, electron microscopes, confocal microscope, IR-UV-visible spectrophotometers, NMR spectrometers, gas chromatograph mass spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometer, high performance liquid chromatographs, scintillation counter, gamma counter, x-ray equipment, cartography equipment,  micro-computers, computer peripherals, multimeters, oscilloscopes, oxygen and carbon dioxide research instrumentation, electronic scanners, etc.

2. Ensures the completeness of repairs made on scientific and electronic equipment by diagnosing and locating point(s) of failure, determining underlying cause(s) of malfunctions, and initiating appropriate corrective action by repairing or replacing defective parts and components.

3. Facilitates faculty scholarly research by assisting in the design and fabrication of experimental and scientific equipment, developing schematics, and determining operating standards.

4. Contributes to decision-making regarding the upgrade/replacement or purchase of scientific instrumentation, computing technology and other related ancillary devices by conferring with faculty and administrators, discussing the purpose, performance parameters, cost and time constraints, reviewing specifications, maintenance requirements, versatility, and dependability of new or replacement equipment, providing an evaluation of various brands and products available from vendors. and rendering an appropriate recommendation.

5. Facilitates the installation of equipment (either new purchases or equipment relocated within the College) by assisting with receiving, moving, unpacking, inventorying, testing, and setting up the equipment.

6. Ensures the accountability and availability of required parts, components and supplies by maintaining various records of required supplies, assisting with controlling inventory, and ordering parts, components or other supplies as needed.

7. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining electronic and scientific equipment by maintaining accurate records on each piece of equipment indicating all maintenance required and performed, other repairs, and required calibrations.

8. Maintains a current knowledge of the specifications of the College's electronic and scientific equipment by maintaining a Technical Library and accessing electronic resources for technical manuals, manufacturer's publications, and circuit diagrams needed for maintaining and repairing equipment.

9. Contributes to the effective and efficient use of the College's computing resources by providing on-site and telephone user support for various computer labs, faculty and staff,  installing, troubleshooting, and repairing computer hardware, peripherals, and software, and providing network connection assistance and troubleshooting.

10. Assists faculty and graduate student research and student instruction by providing technical advice on the use of scientific equipment and conducting classroom demonstrations when operation of complex electronic equipment is involved.

11. Maintains competency and professional currency through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contact with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Senior Electronics Technician.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Electronics Technician II is supervised by the Senior Electronics Technician.




Factor 1: Educational/Experience Requirements of the Job

Level 8 - 1576 Points: A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Level 8 as indicated by the Equivalencies Chart, when permitted by the Minimum Acceptable Qualifications.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 598 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. At this level are jobs in which the incumbent may be asked to supervise small numbers of student workers, graduate assistants, or part-time employees, but the supervisory work is irregular or infrequent. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities.

Factor 3: Skill, Complexity, and Technical Mastery

Level 5 - 1600 Points: Knowledge of information technology methods and procedures applicable to several types of work processes. Knowledge permits the employee to carry out work assignments where the objectives are clearly identified and can be accomplished by adapting precedents and established practices.

Factor 4: Budgetary Control

Level 2 - 386 Points: Individuals in jobs at this level actively document, monitor, and control expenditures. At this level incumbents may recommend minor expenditures but have no real authority over budgets.

Factor 5: Work Environment and Physical Demands

Level 2 - 50 Points: The work area is generally adequately lighted and ventilated, but may involve some discomfort such as the moderate noise from machines or occasional uncomfortable temperatures. The work may require some exertion such as frequent standing, considerable walking, frequent bending, kneeling, reaching, and stooping, and may include occasional lifting of moderately heavy objects. Work may require specific but common physical abilities.

Factor 6: Work Impact and Effect

Level 2 - 1620 Points: Work products or services impact the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services. Work activities may be complex, but normally involve addressing conventional problems or situations with established methods to supply departments, programs, classes, or units with information, software, or equipment they use to perform their work. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures affect performance, create delays, and/or otherwise affect the welfare of programs or individuals. While improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures have significant effects, the effects are more often inconvenient rather than severe and impact relatively few people. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures are normally correctable in the short-to-medium term with relatively minor costs and delays, but emergency repairs are typically unavailable.