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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z1008 / Research Engineering Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-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 general supervision, provides a variety of technical support services for optoelectronics and semiconductor research and related activities. Tests, repairs, maintains and modifies research and facilities equipment including vacuum, mechanical, electrical, chemical and/or cryogenic systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Produces preliminary sketches and final designs of various devices and prototypes by use of computer-aided drafting software based on research center needs.
  2. Fabricates prototypes and other devices related to optoelectronics research using various hand, power, and machine tools; modifies existing equipment and devices to meet changing research requirements.
  3. Assists in the operation and maintenance of the cleanroom and associated semiconductor tools and equipment ensuring adherence to process standards and established cleanroom practice.
  4. Trains and advises staff and students in experimental design, product and material selection, research equipment capacity and utilization, and cleanroom semiconductor tool operation and processes.
  5. Maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art research techniques, technology, equipment and systems related to optoelectronics research.
  6. Maintains various inventories of facilities and research parts and supplies and associated hardware; maintains a library of operating manuals and other technical documentation for the reserach center.
  7. Assists in maintenance and monitoring of facilities and equipment including building automation system, HVAC equipment, ultrapure water system, acid waste neutralization system, compressed dry air system, building regular and scrubbed exhaust, alarms and various plumbing and piping systems as required to support building operation and research activities.
  8. Assists with facilities management including planning, scheduling, and monitoring work being performed by contractors and physical plant employees within area of responsibility.
  9. Maintains safety systems and related supplies and equipment, instructs staff and students in their usage, and assists in workplace safety training.
  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

  • Ability to read schematics, engineering drawings, and technical manuals.
  • Ability to supervise students and contractors and coordinate projects of varying complexity.
  • Knowledge of computer-aided drafting and design systems.
  • Ability to assemble, repair, and modify scientific equipment.
  • Ability to use and operate a variety of hand, power, and machine tools to machine complex prototype laboratory devices from a variety of materials.
  • Ability to perform preventative maintenance according to published guidelines and industry standards.
  • Working knowledge of various semiconductor tools and processes.
  • Knowledge of microelectronic cleanliness and quality standards.
  • Knowledge of engineering and/or scientific research principles, practices, and protocols.
  • Skill in the use of computer spreadsheet and/or database applications in the compilation of research data.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical equipment and problem-solve complex projects.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce life safety codes, industrial health standards, and environmental standards and procedures.
  • Ability to perform basic electrical and mechanical operations.
  • Knowledge of operation, repair, and troubleshooting of various high vacuum and other technical pieces of equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) independent judgement to adapt complex research concepts to actual practice and modify processes and equipment accordingly; b) systematic troubleshooting methodology for repair and maintenance of equipment and devices related to optoelectronics research; c) design and fabrication of complex devices and prototypes related to research center activities; d) understanding of engineering and scientific principles in specific areas related to optoelectronics research to work in an independent fashion in the application of these principles.

Conditions of Employment

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

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • 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.
  • Work involves moderate physical effort; requires occasional handling and manipulation of equipment weighing in excess of 200 pounds.

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

Revised Date: 03/20/2017