Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z4004 / Sr Electronics 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.


Lays out, builds, tests, troubleshoots, repairs, designs, and modifies developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems such as computer equipment, electron tubes, test equipment, machine tool numerical controls, and specialized systems and/or equipment. Applies principles and theories of electronics and electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. May coordinate the functions of an engineering laboratory; assists students, engineers, and/or faculty in design and preparation of lab experiments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Discusses layout and assembly procedures and problems with engineers, researchers, or other professionals; draws sketches to clarify design details and functional criteria of electronic units.
  2. Assembles experimental circuitry or complete prototype models according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronic systems and components.
  3. Recommends changes in circuitry or installation specifications to simplify assembly and maintenance.
  4. Sets up standard or complex 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. Performs routine hardware and software maintenance and assists in proper upkeep and utilization of systems.
  6. Analyzes and interprets test data.
  7. Adjusts, calibrates, aligns, and modifies circuitry and components and records effects on unit performance.
  8. Maintains technical documentation; writes technical reports and develops charts, graphs, and schematics to describe and illustrate system's operating characteristics, malfunctions, deviations from design specifications, and functional limitations for consideration by engineers in broader determinations affecting system design and laboratory procedures.
  9. May operate bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools to fabricate parts, such as coils, terminal boards, and chasis.
  10. May check functioning of newly installed equipment to evaluate system performance under actual operating conditions.
  11. Supervises lab experiments; as appropriate, supervises other technical personnel; may coordinate the functions of an engineering laboratory.
  12. May maintain inventory of parts and supplies; orders materials as needed.
  13. 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. Certification/Licensure Specific certification and/or licensure requirements may exist for individual positions in this classification.
  • 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 prepare field drawings of design proposals.
  • Knowledge of electronic layouts, components and circuitry assembly procedures.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to perform preventive maintenance on computer hardware and software.
  • Ability to write reports containing technical information.
  • Ability to read and follow technical instructions and manuals.
  • Ability to evaluate circuitry systems and design specification modifications.
  • Ability to configure and/or design electronic test equipment and circuitry.
  • Ability to communicate with and understand the requirements of professional staff in area of specialty.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to make adjustments and modifications to electronic circuitry and components.
  • Knowledge of laboratory operations and/or procedures.
  • Ability to analyze operational data and develop graphic and/or written interpretations.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) drawing design sketches of complex and/or advanced electronic units; b) independent assembly of integrated, complex experimental circuitry and prototype models, in accordance with engineering instructions; c) recommending and implementing changes and modifications to circuitry and/or installation specifications; d) setting up, calibrating, and modification of complex test apparatus and/or devising complex test equipment and circuitry; e) supervision of laboratory experiments and lower level technical personnel; and f) maintenance, oversight, and review of complex technical documentation, reports, charts, graphs, and schematics.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification and/or licensure status.

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