Mechanical Design Technician II

Payroll Title: UCP IV
Class Code: 0440-9084
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Score: 463


Under the direction of designated supervisor or faculty member, designs, constructs and maintains moderately complex scientific and mechanical equipment and instruments to support the specialized research and teaching activities of a department or division.


Incumbents in this position are expected to solve technical problems of more than routine difficulty with minimum resource to supervise and to be thoroughly familiar with all standard scientific and mechanical equipment and methods.  Normally expected on own initiative to make necessary modifications to be pre-designed complex equipment and procedures and to make minor modifications to known methods, techniques, procedures and records for new situations.


  1. Designs, constructs, tests, trouble shoots and installs scientific and mechanical devices, equipment and instruments, which may be complex or specialized, e.g., mechanical support and alignment devices, specimen holding devices, specimen cutting tools, vacuum chambers, microscope stages.
  2. Adjusts, calibrates, aligns, tests, and modifies complex scientific and mechanical equipment and instruments, e.g., laboratory equipment and unusual test equipment involving the use of machine tools (power and hand), metal bonding equipment (arc, gas, resistance welding).
  3. Performs preventive maintenance and repairs, which may be complex, on standard scientific instruments and equipment, e.g., fatigue machines, vacuum systems, hydraulic presses, shop equipment, stages etc.).
  4. Advises faculty, researchers, technicians and students on equipment and component capability and performance; recommends appropriate equipment for experimental purposes.
  5. Monitors inventory for supplies.
  6. Resolves moderately complex design and malfunction problems for mechanical and scientific equipment.
  7. Instructs others in the proper and safe use of scientific and mechanical equipment and instruments, e.g. laboratory and shop equipment and tools.
  8. Assists in operating a variety of mechanical instruments and devices, e.g. rolling mill, swaging machines, specimen-peeling tools.
  9. Provides general support services such as carpentry, plumbing and other services related to lab equipment.
  10. If applicable, controls and coordinates use of lab equipment, assigning equipment to various teaching laboratories as needed.
  11. Keeps informed regarding current developments in the field of mechanics and academic discipline specific to the department to be served.
  12. Performs other related duties as required.


  1. Graduate of technical school with an Associate degree in mechanics or related field AND Three years machine apprenticeship, and/or two to four years progressively responsible experience in construction, maintenance, testing, repair and design of scientific or mechanical equipment OR Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Knowledge of principles of mechanics and familiarity with scientific discipline in department to be served
  3. Knowledge of the methods and materials used in repair and maintenance of scientific and mechanical instruments and devices.
  4. Ability to read and interpret complex diagrams and specifications, and to modify moderately complex mechanical and scientific instruments and devices.
  5. Ability to independently resolve moderately complex problems.


Date Created: 6/28/1985
Date Scored: 3/10/1983