2477 Research Technician I


TITLE Research Technician I






The Research Technician I operates, tests, and repairs electronic and scientific equipment used in CASE. The Research Technician I assists in the construction and modification of new and prototype scientific devices, assists in installing new equipment and prepares and organizes technical documents pertaining to scientific equipment. The Research Technician I assists works on various projects as assigned and assists in preparing reports for CASE personnel on the results of basic experiments and tests.


Education A high school diploma or the equivalent plus one to two years of formal training in an applied science or a related appropriate field beyond high school is required. An Associate’s degree in an applied science field is preferred.

Experience At least one year of experience in several different areas of electronics is required.

Skills A demonstrated knowledge of the principles of advanced electronics, including digital electronics, is required. The ability to maintain, troubleshoot, 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.

Other: This position is designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy. This position may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations.

Effort Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds in materials. Normal color vision is required in order to conduct experiments.


1. Maintains the operational condition of scientific equipment by cleaning, calibrating, modifying, and repairing equipment.

2. Ensures the completeness of repairs made on scientific equipment by diagnosing and locating point(s) of failure, determining the 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 fabrication of experimental and scientific equipment, developing schematics, and determining operating standards.

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

5. 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.

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

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

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. 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 Assistant Director of CASE.

10. Contributes to the overall success of CASE by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Research Technician is supervised by the CASE Assistant Director.




Factor 1: Educational/Experience Requirements of the Job

Level 4 - 788 Points: A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Level 4 as indicated by the Equivalencies Chart, when permitted by the Minimum Acceptable Qualifications.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 299 Points: Little or no supervisory responsibility for the work of others.

Factor 3: Skill, Complexity, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 1300 Points: Knowledge of information technology such as could be acquired through experience or classroom-based course work in either vendor-focused or technology specific training such as Oracle, HTML, Java, or Extensible Markup Language. Knowledge permits the employee to carry out routine assignments and to gain familiarity with operating systems, equipment, software, and business goals of the University. Alternatively, knowledge of established processes, methods, and techniques, as well as practical knowledge of a few specific technical and scientific principles. Alternatively, advanced knowledge of a skilled trade to solve unusually complex problems. Knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project to complete important stages in a multi-step project.

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.