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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z1002 / Engineering Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

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 general supervision, provides technological support to basic research activities in a specified area of experimental or applied physical science.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Tests, repairs, maintains, and modifies existing and new equipment, including electronic, vacuum, mechanical, chemical, optical, and cryogenic apparatus as well as personal computers and computer peripherals.
  2. Designs, selects, modifies, builds, and programs embedded controls systems and equipment or procedures necessary to meet specific project requirements.
  3. Assembles experimental circuitry or complete prototype gas handling, liquid handling, and cryogenic models and other related devices and systems according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of systems and components.
  4. Sets up standard test apparatus or devises test equipment and circuitry to conduct functional, operational, environmental, and life tests to evaluate performance and reliability of prototype or production models.
  5. Adjusts, calibrates, aligns, and modifies circuitry, components, equipment, and systems and records effects.
  6. Operates numerically controlled machines, bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools to fabricate parts.
  7. Maintains an inventory of parts and supplies; orders materials as needed.
  8. Maintains records in the form of schematics, mechanical drawings, documentary photographs, sketches, databases, and narrative reports.
  9. May check functioning of newly installed equipment to evaluate system performance under actual operating conditions.
  10. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • 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

  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to identify and resolve computer system malfunctions and operational problems.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to utilize, test, maintain and modify a range of engineering laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  • Database management skills.
  • Ability to build and test engineering and/or scientific systems and components.
  • Skill in the use of computer for technical and communication applications.
  • Ability to document work in progress.
  • Ability to read and follow technical instructions and manuals.
  • Ability to assemble and configure engineering prototype models and/or systems.
  • Ability to devise and configure standard test apparatus, circuitry and equipment.
  • Ability to make adjustments and modifications to electronic circuitry and components.
  • Ability to set up and operate numerically controlled machines and related tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of cameras and photographic procedures.
  • Ability to develop schematics and mechanical drawings.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

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.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • 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