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.




Factor 1: Educational/Experience Requirements of the Job

Level 10 - 1970 Points: A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Level 10 as indicated by the Equivalencies Chart, when permitted by the Minimum Acceptable Qualifications.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 6 - 1794 Points: Supervision of a departmental work group involving highly skilled technical or complicated work. Supervision at this level involves the direction of skilled work, specialized tasks, or work of a complicated nature. This level is typical for managers who supervise other supervisors or a large group of paraprofessional or professional permanent employees in technical and skilled areas. Supervision at this level includes a full range of supervisory responsibilities including the responsibility for staffing and performance management as well as budgeting and planning functions.

Factor 3: Skill, Complexity, and Technical Mastery

Level 7 - 2200 Points: Professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, and specialized complicated techniques of a profession. Knowledge of a wide range of information technology methods and procedures and specialized knowledge in one or more specific functions. Knowledge permits the incumbent to provide authoritative advice on difficult assignments such as planning advanced systems. Skill in applying knowledge through analyzing, designing, organizing, and developing major programs, systems, and networks.

Factor 4: Budgetary Control

Level 4 - 772 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has the responsibility for exercising primary control over a limited budget including developing budgets and distributing budgetary funds.

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 4 - 3060 Points: Work products or services directly impact the work of other professionals, the development and operation of programs, affect major activities across units, and/or impact the well-being of large numbers of individuals. Typically the work is complex and may involve addressing conventional problems or situations with established methods or resolving critical problems or developing new processes or models to address specific problems. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures produce errors and delays that affect the operations and/or reputations of multiple or critical departments, programs, or units, and individuals. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures may be remedied in the short to medium term, but at substantial cost of time and resources. The scope of improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failure is large and the nature of the activity requires that emergency repairs be performed.