Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z1007 / Instrmt & Controls Tech 1
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

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 the direct supervision of more senior technicians, installs, maintains, calibrates, troubleshoots, and repairs the instrumentation and controls used in the production, operation, maintenance, and administration of the University's utility equipment, including gas turbine generators, dual fuel high-pressure boilers, electric and steam chillers, and their associated support and automation systems. Assists in monitoring and maintaining the University's Energy Management and Control System, and works with or assists other utility technicians in ensuring reliable, continuous production of utility services campus-wide.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electronic, electro-pneumatic, and electro-mechanical controls and indicating systems used for the safe production of steam, electrical power, potable water, chilled water, and other related utilities.
  2. Records monthly meter readings from various customers throughout campus.
  3. Assists in the installation, maintenance, and/or repair of indicating equipment, to include temperature, pressure, and flow transmitters, gauges, meters, thermocouples, and resistance temperature directors (RTD's).
  4. Assists in maintaining records of installation, maintenance, calibration, and repair activities.
  5. Monitors and assists in the maintenance of the campus-wide Energy Management and Control System (EMCS).
  6. Follows established Federal, State, and University safety and environmental policies and procedures, and promotes adherence to these policies and procedures in the workplace.
  7. Participates in the instruction of less qualified technicians; may provide specified training to staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work.
  8. Assists in maintaining an inventory of repair parts and supplies.
  9. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of tools, equipment, and supplies.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years 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 supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to calibrate, test, and maintain a variety of electrical and electronic devices.
  • Knowledge of the operating principles of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's).
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Familiarity with computer-based maintenance and energy management systems.
  • Ability to work effectively in confined spaces.
  • Ability to work in elevated locations up to 75 feet.
  • Ability to maintain current and accurate records of work performed.
  • Knowledge of the principles of operation and installation of gauges, thermocouples, and RTD's.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of equipment and inventory management principles.
  • Strong skills in the use of hand and small power tools.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Must have New Mexico CID ES3J licensure or achieve ES3J certification within 1 year of date of hire.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must have Basic First Aid and Adult CPR/AED Certificates or obtain within 3 months of date of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) 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: 04/01/2024