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    Classified Staff Job Description

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    Classified Staff Employee Job Description

    Job Code: 030335
    Title: Staff Technician, Senior
    Pay Grade: 51
    Pay Range

    Purpose of Classification:
    Performs a wide variety of difficult technical tasks involved in implementing complex scientific research projects of large scale and long duration. Independently, or as a group leader, works under general directives with a high degree of autonomy to accomplish project objectives. Exercises broad discretion in the application of substantial available resources including management and engineering support, manpower, time, workspace, vendor or contractor services, equipment, materials and the incumbent's own knowledge and skills. Activities are usually concentrated in a specific field of expertise such as mechanical technology, electronics, design drafting, optics, computer applications or instrumentation, but require extensive familiarity with different scientific, engineering and technical disciplines.

    Distinguishing Characteristics:
    This is second in a series of two classifications. It is distinguished from the Staff Technician in the higher degree of proficiency required, the broader range of decisive latitude authorized and the increased scale and complexity of project assignments. Incumbents differ from technicians in related classifications by defining tasks for themselves and others rather than being directed in specific assignments. This classification can be differentiated from various engineering and research positions by its focus on critical project issues of implementation instead of abstract concepts. Incumbents may be required to work in adverse environments such as great heights, confined spaces or remote, inaccessible sites. Long or short distance travel may be required.

    Example of Duties:
    • Participates in project planning and scheduling; produces labor and material estimates of considerable magnitude and complexity; provides feedback for scientists, managers and engineers regarding work progress.
    • Provides extensive support for complicated engineering endeavors by performing design drafting, CAD/CAM operations, design review, documentation tasks, prototype construction, liaison with technical staff and other technical services as required.
    • Coordinates numerous activities with project and department staff in similar or differing fields; interacts with other University departments and serves as liaison with a variety of vendors when required.
    • Develops techniques, procedures and tooling for fabrication, assembly, testing, installation and other operations including some of considerable difficulty and significant importance.
    • Supervises and trains subordinates from similar or dissimilar fields, of differing status and skill levels, as workloads require; participates in evaluation and selection of applicants for staff positions.
    • Inspects and maintains quality control in project critical areas.
    • Works with administrative staff and Purchasing Department to procure a wide variety of necessary parts, materials, equipment and services, often on a large scale and under stringent specification requirements; maintains inventories of standard supplies, tools, equipment and spare parts sufficient to support the activities of a sizeable staff.
    • Performs modifications, troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance on a wide variety of standard and highly specialized technical equipment.
    • Fabricates, assembles, installs and tests devices and instruments when workloads require or when a high level of proficiency is required due to extreme difficulty or critical nature of the particular task.
    • Operates many types of equipment including highly sophisticated, specialized, unique systems designed and constructed solely for scientific research projects.
    • Keeps records, writes reports and may assist in the preparation of proposals or publications.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of a broad range of common and special equipment, systems, techniques, standards and practices applicable to a particular field of expertise.
    • Knowledge of typical applications, equipment and techniques for a wide range of related and unrelated technical fields.
    • Knowledge of scientific and engineering principles and theories relevant to extensive project requirements.
    • Knowledge of principles and practices applicable to supervision and management activities for large research projects.
    • Knowledge of safety principles utilized in equipment design and workplace operations of various types.
    • Skill in staging and coordinating a number of diverse project activities, independently, sequentially or concurrently as circumstances require.
    • Ability to effectively communicate.

      Minimum Qualifications:
      • Completion of a two year technical vocational or college program in the field of expertise with emphasis on math, science, engineering or technology AND eight years of broadly diversified experience in a variety of positions involved with complex applied technology such as science projects, aerospace, nuclear power, or sophisticated instruments; OR,
      • Ten years of broadly diversified experience in a variety of positions involved with complex applied technology such as science projects, aerospace, nuclear power or sophisticated instruments; OR,
      • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.


      Revised: 11/10/2003

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