Technical Shop Engineer/Manager

Payroll Title: UCP IX
Class Code: 0913-9089
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Score: 639


Under the general direction of designated administrator, manages the electronics shop for a college/division and works independently in the design, development and fabrication of complex high-precision electronic equipment and models for use in the college/division research and educational activities.


  1. Working independently, designs, develops and fabricates from original designs, prints, sketches or verbal/conceptual descriptions, complex high-precision technical equipment, models and instruments as specified or required for special research application, requiring knowledge of the laws and principles of glass technology, mechanical, electrical or office equipment/computer repair.
  2. Diagnoses, repairs, or rebuilds equipment and instruments as required.
  3. Consults with and advises researches concerning development of special instruments and devices required to accomplish research/educational goals.
  4. Consults with and advises staff in the planning of new laboratories and the modification of existing ones to accomplish research/educational goals.
  5. Keeps abreast of developments in area of expertise and related scientific fields through reading of scientific journals and technical papers.
  6. Maintains contact with vendors and searches commercial market to determine availability and cost of equipment/instruments to meet exact specifications for research/educational needs.
  7. Initiates the purchase of new types of equipment and supplies so that fabricated instruments and designs will be state-of-the-art.
  8. Recruits, trains, supervises, evaluates, schedules and assigns work to shop personnel engaged in the construction of routine and complex projects.
  9. Is responsible for the safety of all shop activities; sets up and maintains safety program and equipment maintenance program.
  10. Supervises, coordinates and schedules shop projects to meet deadlines and requests, evaluating and assigning priorities to individual projects.
  11. Develops operating budget and estimates labor and material costs for each project.
  12. Advises, assists and instructs shop users in their work in electronics shop and in operation of electronic instruments and systems.
  13. Provides instruction and operation manuals, performance specifications and all necessary documentation and data for inclusion in various professional publications and possible patent applications.
  14. Maintains and controls inventory of shop supplies and equipment, with authority for restoring depleted stocks and repair of replacement of equipment.
  15. Evaluates shop functions and recommends changes in current or future operations. Maintains files and records necessary to support shop activities.
  16. May conduct technical shop safety courses and certifies shop users are qualified to use equipment and machinery.
  17. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or physical sciences OR Equivalent combination of training and experience in design and construction of intricate instruments, gained in research lab setting
  2. At least 6 years experience in the engineering field with proven ability to design, construct, test, repair, and maintain complex electronic equipment.
  3. Ability to work independently and within reasonable time limits.
  4. Knowledge of state-of-the-art technological apparatus
  5. Imaginative approach to problem solving and ability to trouble-shoot
  6. Supervisory ability
  7. Knowledge of basic principles of electronics and electrical design


  1. Master’s degree
  2. Extensive knowledge of advanced physical principles on which scientific instruments operate.

Date Created: 06/28/85

Date Revised: 04/05/04