5055 Senior Electronics Technician


TITLE Senior Electronics Technician




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean, College of Natural & Applied Sciences



The Senior Electronics Technician establishes departmental planning and operational policies, manages the discretionary portion of the department’s budget to maximize the support capabilities of the department, and provides, and assures the provision of, technical support and maintenance services for the University, as well as the College of Natural and Applied Science. The Senior Electronics Technician applies electronic theory, principles of electrical circuits, electrical testing procedures, engineering mathematics, physics, computer programming and related knowledge to design, layout, build, test, troubleshoot, calibrate, repair and modify electronic and scientific equipment used in the academic and research programs of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, including the Departments of Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology & Planning, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy. The Senior Electronics Technician writes 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, provides technical support and maintenance to other campus entities, and determines the most cost efficient manner to purchase, upgrade, repair and maintain electronic and electrical equipment.


Education: Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Electronic Technology or related field is required. A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Electronics or related science field is preferred.

Experience: At least six years of experience in the maintenance and repair of a variety of electronic and scientific equipment is required.

Skills: A demonstrated knowledge of the principles of advanced electronics is required. The ability to design, construct, test and repair electronic equipment and maintain a variety of electronic and scientific equipment is required. Skill in the use of hand tools and materials used in electronic maintenance and general mechanical aptitude is required. Effective interpersonal and communications skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

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

Other: Must possess normal color vision.


1. Implements the mission of Electronics Support Services by managing the department, establishing departmental planning and operational policies, managing the discretionary portion of the budget to maximize the support capabilities of the department, and providing technical support and maintenance services for the University, as well as the College of Natural and Applied Sciences.

2. Supports academic instruction and student and faculty research efforts by planning, designing, constructing, calibrating, and testing experimental and scientific equipment (often with only a brief oral or written description of expected results), writing computer programs and designing associated research projects, and assembling information on electronic equipment, circuit descriptions, and schematic diagrams to be used in research papers and grant proposals written by faculty and staff.

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

4. Assures the most efficient use of University resources by determining the most cost effective manner to make repairs, locating sources for quality parts and depot level repair services, making recommendations on the purchase and upgrade of scientific instruments, test equipment, electronic devices, computers, software, and peripherals, performing preventative maintenance as required, performing equipment tests and instrument calibrations in accordance with specifications, maintaining a Technical Library and accessing electronic resources for technical manuals, manufacturer's publications, and circuit diagrams needed for maintaining and repairing equipment, and maintaining an accurate inventory of needed parts and materials and initiating purchase requisitions to replace shortages before they occur.

5. Contributes to the effective and efficient use of the University'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.

6. 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.

7. Provides systems administration by supporting, maintaining, and managing LAN server hardware and services for Electronics Support Services and other departments as well.

8. 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.

9. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

10. 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 Dean of the College.

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


The Senior Electronics Technician receives general administrative supervision from the Dean of the College of Natural & Applied Sciences, but functions without direct supervision, establishes appropriate work schedules and priorities by coordinating with faculty members and department heads in these matters and supervises the Electronics Technicians I and II and student employees.