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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F3099 / Professional Intern/Technical
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 10

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision and mentorship of professional staff and/or faculty within an engineering or advanced technical operating unit of the University, undertakes a range of on-going activities and assigned projects of varying levels of professional complexity requiring Bachelors of Science degree knowledge within an area of advanced technical specialty. Works as a member of an operating team, and directly interacts with colleagues and/or other internal/external constituencies in the designing, planning, and implementation of projects, and in the execution of assigned projects and tasks, under the guidance of more senior technical professional personnel. This is a developmental, fixed-term (typically 1-2 years) career-path position that is restricted to graduates of accredited university Bachelors or Masters programs who have obtained their degrees no earlier than 24 months prior to the date of hire.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides entry-level professional engineering or advanced technical services, under supervision of more senior professional staff and/or faculty personnel, as appropriate to the day-to-day operating objectives of the unit.
  2. Undertakes and/or participates in engineering or advanced technical design projects and programs designed to develop professional skills and expertise that will support the units design and engineering and/or advanced technical needs.
  3. Participates in the design, planning and implementation of unit projects and initiatives within engineering and construction or advanced technical areas of expertise.
  4. Interacts directly with colleagues, clientele, and/or other internal or external constituencies in the planning of assignments and the resolution of day-to-day operational problems.
  5. Receives guidance, raining, and mentoring from more senior professional personnel in designing, planning and carrying out activities and assignments.
  6. As appropriate to the position, and as specified by unit management, conducts original design and/or research and prepares reports based on findings, to included recommendations or alternative proposals for action.
  7. May provide day-to-day guidance and support to student employees and/or interns within area of specialty.
  8. May undertake related studies or enrichment programs as appropriate to the specific objectives of the operating unit.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Related Bachelor's of Science degree; no previous experience required.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Project development and planning skills.
  • Entry-level engineering and/or advanced technical knowledge and skill at the Bachelors or Masters of Science level within specified area of technical professional specialty.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) utilization of knowledge and skills developed during completion of a specified undergraduate degree program in the design, planning, development, and execution of assigned projects and task elements; b) interning under the mentorship of senior professional faculty and/or staff to develop experiential skills in an area of professional specialty; c) execution of integrated research, development of reports, and preparation of recommendations or alternative proposals for action; c) working as an active participant in the planning and implementation of unit projects and initiatives.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must present transcripts prior to a formal offer being extended.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017