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Mechatronics Engineering Instructional Support Technician

Apply now Job no: 535369
Work type: Staff
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Classification:  Instructional Support Technician II - 11/12 - Non-exempt
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week 
FLSA:  Non-exempt 

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $4,114 to $4,644* mo.
CSU Salary Schedule
*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.

This is an 11-month position with the month of July off.

Scheduling options include 11 months of work paid over a 12 month period.

Priority Screening Date:  February 26, 2024
Recruitment Status:  Extended


California State University, Monterey Bay is a mid-sized university in California’s Central Coast that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees. Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB is part of the nation’s largest four-year public university system, California State University, which educates nearly 460,000 students every year. 

With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,000 students, CSU Monterey Bay is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our staff and faculty transform students’ lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning, and a strong emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. CSUMB’s sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in developing a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Many appreciate living and working close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, with easy access to recreational areas from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. Nearby opportunities for collaborative research include working in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, and with colleagues at local research universities, including UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University.

As one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate rental housing on East Campus, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. With proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, opportunities for faculty, staff and students are as endless as the shores of the nearby Pacific Ocean.


Under the general supervision of the Dean of the College of Science and the work direction of the Chair of the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, the Laboratory Support Technician shall provide comprehensive services in support of laboratory courses within the Department of Mechatronics Engineering.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare, set-up, and clean up materials for labs courses that include engineering and physics, and/or other related fields as needed. Document lab set-ups and organize materials for future labs. Work with faculty and staff to plan, coordinate, and troubleshoot lab activities. Proactively plan ahead to meet multiple deadlines and priorities.
  • Accurately maintain existing inventories of lab materials, supplies, equipment, and chemicals. Organize materials and lab spaces in collaboration with other lab staff. Provide specifications for ordering laboratory materials, reagents, and lab and field equipment. Assist in scheduling and checkout of shared resources among multiple users.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and perform minor repairs on specialized lab and field instrumentation, including computer interfaces for data collection. May interact with repair technicians from outside the department. Responsible for the purchase, installation, and maintenance of engineering laboratories
  • Develop familiarity with safety aspects of all materials, equipment, and procedures used in engineering and science labs. Organize and update safety information for access by students, instructors, and staff. Prepare biological and chemical hazards for disposal as needed, acting in compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines. Share safety information with staff, faculty, and students.
  • Design, fabrication and construction for unique, highly technical and prototype equipment or systems
  • Provide training as necessary for faculty, staff, and students in the use of specialized instrumentation and protocols. Train student workers in safety aspects of specialized procedures. Develop protocols for equipment use. Train students in fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, CNC, lathes, among others.   

Other Functions:

Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


Knowledge of the principles of performing support services; knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques related to the discipline and the curriculum; knowledge of the materials and supplies in the curriculum and the curriculum and their uses.

Ability to: plan, organize, and schedule activities; ability to operate technical equipment related to the discipline; ability to maintain records; ability to adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical and scientific equipment.


Equivalent to three years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to the area to which assigned.

OR the equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area may be substituted for one year of the required experience;

OR the equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


Ability to:  adjust, trouble-shoot, and perform simple maintenance of scientific and engineering instrumentation; pay attention to detail and follow verbal and written instructions; work both independently and interdependently in a rapidly evolving setting; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; communicate verbally and in writing in a cooperative, professional, and tactful manner within a diverse team of students, faculty, and support staff.  Use electronic and electrical test equipment, such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, and function generators. Skilled troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, calibration, and assembly of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electro, mechanical instructional support equipment. Use fabrication equipment, such as CNC router, lathe, laser cutters, 3D printers, and welding.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Industrial Automation, or related discipline with coursework in engineering, manufacturing, or closely related discipline with at least two (2) years of experience as a technician where duties included direct responsibility for preparing labs for college courses in engineering or closely related discipline.  Experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting engineering equipment and lab instrumentation used in college-level courses.  Experience handling chemicals and hazardous waste safely; specifying scientific supplies and equipment for procurement; and with the safe operation of hand and power tools. Experience with electronic equipment, pneumatics, machining tools, lathes, welding, CNC routers, mills, among other equipment. RSS or equivalent chemical inventory database and experience with tracking scientific supplies and equipment.

Technical fluency in the use of Microsoft Office Professional, including with Excel and Access, or similar programs; Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Forms, etc.); CAD software, Oracle-PeopleSoft/Common Management System or equivalent student, HR and Financial information systems; intranet drives; and internet browsers.


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083  as a condition of employment.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:
    • responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property;
    • access to controlled or hazardous substances;
    • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards; and
    • responsibility for operating commercial vehicles, machinery or equipment that could pose environmental hazards or cause injury, illness, or death.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.


Position requires frequent movement; bending; climbing; reaching; standing; lifting objects up to 40 pounds; and applying force. Office environment with standard equipment and tasks. Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time. Requires travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.

This position requires, but is not limited to, performing work indoors and outdoors in a variety of local weather conditions and environments. Must participate in all OSHA and University safety programs, as required, and follow all work safety guidelines. Involves working with chemicals; compressed gases; biological materials; glass and other sharps.  Work involves use and maintenance of scientific equipment, risk of being exposed to fire, fumes, chemical and biological hazards, and electrical shock.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 15 paid holidays a year. For more information, visit Employee Benefits Summary. As a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or emailing All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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