Equipment Technician

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Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Trades


Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Resources and Operations and receiving work lead direction from the Department Chair of Biological Sciences, the Equipment Technician provides support for all optical instrumentation in the Biological Sciences Department and also provides technical support to other departments within the College of Sciences as needed. Working independently under general supervision, this person performs duties in consultation with the Information Technology Consultant, Chair, and other technicians in the College of Sciences to provide routing support in maintain instructional and support equipment.


Key Responsibilities

  • Repair, maintain and calibrate electromechanical and laboratory equipment for Biological Sciences as well as other departments within the College of Science as needed
  • Modify equipment or design and fabricate parts or modify equipment according to faculty specifications to meet instructional needs
  • Responsible for keeping preventative maintenance records on equipment and calling service representatives if repairs are under warranty or outside of area of expertise
  • Maintains all optical instrumentation, including repair, fabrication and design of components
  • Development and fabrication of specialized tools and templates
  • Proficient in the calibration of all optical instrumentation
  • Orders, receives, stores, and tracks gas cylinders including liquid nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen cylinders.
  • Monitors temperature stability of ultra-cold freezers, standard freezers and refrigerators
  • Repairs refrigerators, freezers and ice machine, if repairs are outside of expertise, requests support from CoS Central Shops
  • Maintains documentation of equipment and orders part as necessary


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to communicate with constituents in a professional and respectful manner
  • Ability to compose and appropriately format correspondence and reports
  • Working knowledge of software applications: word processing, spreadsheets, database management
  • Ability to handle multiple work priorities, organize and plan work and projects
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Must possess excellent customer service and public relations skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the construction, installation, maintenance, repair and operation of microscopes and other scientific instrumentation
  • Thorough knowledge of equipment design theory
  • Ability to troubleshoot instrument problems. The incumbent also will be expected to take the initiative to learn how to operate and repair unique, complex and specialized devices
  • Ability to analyze equipment problems and determine what repairs are needed
  • Ability to review and prepare specifications for technical equipment
  • Ability to install, repair, and maintain a wide variety of equipment. Knowledge of drafting techniques
  • Thorough knowledge of repair, maintenance, troubleshooting and overhaul of scientific instrumentation
  • Performs duties under all safety and environmental regulations, rules, policies and guidelines
  • Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement or established processes and practices
  • The ability to train and oversee the work of student assistants
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships in a diverse multicultural environment


Required Qualifications

  • Equivalent to three (3) years of progressively responsible journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair and operation of scientific or technical equipment in the specialty area to which assigned, including one (1) year involving design modifications and fabrication of complex and highly extetechnical equipment
    • Or equivalent to two (2) years of semi-skilled experience maintaining and repairing scientific or technical equipment or related equipment experience as part of instructional support activities may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience
    • Or equivalent to two (2) years of trade school or technical arts training with specialization in the type of equipment repair to which assigned. Completion of an apprenticeship program or completion of a full military specialization in the required type of equipment maintenance and repair may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. A Federal Communications Commission license is required for some positions



Classification: Equipment Technician III, Specialized Equipment
Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,811/month - $7,250/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,394/month - $7,950/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Certification

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: September 22, 2023 through October 8, 2023. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


Contact Information

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Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

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Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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