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. 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.


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

13. 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.