Mechanical/Electrical Instrumentation Engineer

Payroll Title: UCP X
Class Code: 1027-9090
Job Family: TLR
Score: 711


Under the general direction of a designated administrator, manages the daily operation of a technical shop for a college/division.  Responsible for overseeing the daily shop functions as well as working independently in the installation, repair, design and construction of complex electronic and/or mechanical equipment, computers/controllers and/or software used in various aspects of research and educational activities in a school or college.


This position is intended to serve dual functions: provide academic support and training to students as well as serve as chief resource for the development and fabrication of complex equipment for research purposes within a school or college.  The accomplishment of these functions require the knowledge and ability to utilize principles from electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, as well as principles from other physical sciences notably chemistry, material science and physics.


  1. Works independently in designing, developing and constructing sophisticated experimental equipment from conceptual and verbal descriptions, utilizing knowledge of multi-discipline laws and principles for various physical sciences.
  2. Modifies experimental apparatus and plans modifications for new laboratory space in consultation with other staff.
  3. Supports faculty and students with their experimental and research needs.  In an Electronics Shop this may include installing hardware and software and debugging computerized instrumentation and equipment whether it be newly constructed, repaired or acquired for a data acquisition system.  In a Machine Shop, this may include evaluating, diagnosing and maintaining CNC machinery by ensuring correct interaction of mechanical and electrical programming.
  4. Guides students and faculty in the principles of electronic and/or mechanical instrumentation in experimental design and monitors usage of computerized and non-computerized experimental apparatus.
  5. Diagnoses, repairs or rebuilds sophisticated and standard research equipment and instruments for faculty, researchers and graduate students as required.
  6. Consults with and advises faculty and researchers in accomplishing research/educational goals with respect to complex electronic and/or mechanical instrumentation.
  7. Is responsible for developing technical shop curriculum and conducting training to students registered in credit courses; includes certifying students on shop safety and appropriate selection of materials to support course work.
  8. Projects and manages operating budget for Shop; purchases equipment and supplies that are necessary to perform Shop functions.
  9. Keeps abreast of developments in instrumentation and research applications through reading of scientific journals and technical papers; maintains contact with vendors and searches the commercial market to determine availability and cost of highly technical/specialized electronics or mechanical equipment, sensors, instruments, computers and software used in performing duties.
  10. Combines and utilizes complex theories of physics, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemistry, etc. to design and develop measurement systems used by University faculty and staff.
  11. Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates shop personnel, including technical staff.
  12. Supervises, coordinates and schedules shop projects.
  13. Maintains files and records necessary to support Shop activities.
  14. Evaluates Shop functions and recommends changes in current and future operations.
  15. May provide instruction and operation manuals, performance specifications and all necessary documentation and data for inclusion in various professional publications and possible patent applications.
  16. May consult with faculty in planning educational activities within the Shop.
  17. Provides other related duties as required.


  1. For Electronics Shop – Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science or physical sciences, with demonstrated training in both software and hardware aspects of electronic instrumentation as applied to engineering and physical sciences OR equivalent combination of training and experience.  At least 10 years experience in electronic instrumentation with emphasis on conceptual design of scientific measurement or control apparatus with the past history of fabrication of these apparatus and their repair, test and maintenance in a research laboratory setting.
    For Machine Shop – Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or physical sciences OR equivalent combination of training and experience in design and construction of intricate instruments.  At least 10 years experience in a research laboratory setting in the design and construction of high-precision instruments at the level of model maker, with the ability to design and fabricate research equipment based on verbal description of performance needs.
  2. Knowledge of computer software systems and languages required for specialty area such as Windows 95, Windows NT, UNIX, CNC programming languages, etc.
  3. Ability to work independently and with a creative approach to problem solving and troubleshooting.
  4. Demonstrated administrative, managerial and supervisory skills.
  5. Thorough knowledge of safety procedures and ability to plan, organize and conduct shop safety courses.


  1. Practical knowledge in design, construction and trouble-shooting of high and ultra-high vacuum systems for Electronics Shop.
  2. Practical knowledge in the use of large industrial machinery, with emphasis on its construction and trouble-shooting, maintenance and installation.

Created: 09/10/99

Revised: 09/09/03