Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z2007 / Instrmt & Controls Tech 2
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.


Independently, or under general supervision, 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. Analyzes malfunctions of instruments and control systems and determines necessary steps to repair equipment. Monitors and maintains the University's Energy Management and Control System, and works with other utility technicians to ensure reliable, continuous production of utility services campus-wide.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Installs, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs 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. Reads, interprets, utilizes, and maintains schematics, blueprints, users manuals, and other equipment documentation, using computers and hard copy.
  3. Coordinates with other plant technicians to ensure safe, reliable, and efficient operation of utility plant tools, equipment, and machinery.
  4. Assists in the development of calibration and routine maintenance schedules and procedures.
  5. Analyzes and converts test data to usable form, using mathematical formulas; prepares graphical data and written reports to promulgate test results.
  6. Applies approved modifications to standard equipment to meet special technical requirements.
  7. Prepares reports and records on calibration, inspection, testing, and repair activities.
  8. Trains, or participates in the training of less qualified technicians, staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work.
  9. Maintains or participates in maintaining an inventory of repair parts and supplies, ordering materials as needed; ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of tools, equipment, and supplies.
  10. Follows established Federal, State, and University safety and environmental policies and procedures, and promotes adherence to these policies and procedures in the workplace.
  11. Assists in the operation and maintenance of the computerized building automation system (BAS), programmable logic control (PLC) based operating systems, and interface software.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 4 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure: State of New Mexico CID Electrical specialty (ES3J) Journeyman's License
  • High school diploma or GED; at least 2 years of successfully completed, directly related academic, technical, or military training may be substituted for 2 years of experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to design, install, maintain, repair and/or modify electrical, electronic, thermal, mechanical, and/or pneumatic control systems.
  • Ability to calibrate, test, and maintain a variety of electrical and electronic devices.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to work effectively in confined spaces.
  • Ability to remain available on 24 hr standby on a rotating roster basis.
  • Ability to work in elevated locations up to 75 feet.
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical, electronic, and mechanical schematics, blueprints, and drawings.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of equipment and inventory management principles.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Knowledge of calibration standards and instrument installation requirements
  • Working knowlege of computer-based maintenance and energy management systems.
  • Ability to develop and implement standard operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment and systems.
  • Proficiency in the use of Highway Addressable Remote Transducer (HART) Protocol-based process transmitters and communication and calibration equipment.
  • Ability to use mathematical formulae and Boolean logic to resolve technical problems.
  • Ability to collect and present statistical data and reports, both graphic and written.
  • Ability to use PLC-based operating systems and interface software.
  • Strong skills in the use of hand and small power tools.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and training.

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.
  • 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, standing and/or walking for extended periods of times during rush and busy hours of the semester.
  • 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: 11/10/2022