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Design Tech (Equipment Technician II, Electronic, Non-Exempt) - School of Design

Apply now Job no: 514955
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Working Title

Design Tech

SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus.  Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be 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 may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


School of Design

Appointment Type

This is a one-year probationary position.

Time Base

Full-Time (1.0)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Anticipated Hiring Range

$4,900.00 - $5,200.00 Per Month ($58,800.00 - $62,400.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the department director, monitors, repairs and maintains equipment in School of Design labs.  When necessary, and in consultation with the Director and lead technician, will perform or arrange for major or specialized repairs in conjunction with faculty and outside vendors. This position will also require the ability to create, organize and maintain records and files, and to plan, execute, and complete projects in a timely fashion, with minimal impact on curriculum.

Position Information

Upkeep and Maintenance

  • Prioritize safe student learning in all projects, timelines, and decisions by providing a safe organized, space for productive learning
  • Support curriculum by prepping studios before the start of the semester
  • Ensure uninterrupted delivery of curriculum and lesson plans by monitoring conditions in facilities
  • Inspect, adjust, lubricate periodically; replace worn or defective parts as needed; overhaul, assemble, and install electrical and electro-mechanical devices and equipment.
  • Give technical advice relative to test equipment operations, to the selection and purchase of new equipment and to the selection of vendors
  • Troubleshooting usually following manufacturers’ instructions or standard techniques for electro-mechanical equipment.
  • Use meters and testing devices to test circuits and locate malfunctions.
  • Repair and maintain equipment such as drill presses, table saws, sanders, lathes, some rapid prototyping equipment, miter saws and band saws using manufacturers’ guides, schematics, and instructions. Debug and troubleshoot electronic systems using test equipment and diagrams.

General lab support

  • Monitor student occupied labs for safe and practical usage in accordance with The School of Designs Code of Conduct and  best practices.
  • Maintain an organized and safety-minded shop culture that complies with OSHA and ADA guidelines
  • Serve as part of emergency response team and assist in evacuation of lab spaces during an emergency.
  • When requested by the Director, demonstrate the proper operation of special equipment to students.
  • When necessary create and submit work orders to the building coordinator or operations team for any facilities repairs, lab updates or repairs to the building spaces occupied by The School of Design.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledges and Abilities:
For Equipment Technician II and Supervising Equipment Technician II, all specialties Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in construction, installation, maintenance, repair, and operation of equipment in the area of specialization; knowledge of the repair and maintenance of tools and shop equipment, working knowledge of design and drafting procedures.

Ability to perform complex troubleshooting; ability to design, fabricate, modify, and repair technical equipment of the specialty assignment following original or suggested plans; ability to analyze equipment problems and determine what repairs are needed; ability to install, place, and maintain a wide variety of equipment related to the area of job assignment ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position, ability to make arithmetic computations where required.

For Supervising Equipment Technician II, all specialties
The ability to train and supervise others.



For Equipment Technician II and Supervising Equipment Technician II. all specialties. Equivalent to two years of journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of scientific or technical equipment in the specialty area to which assigned such as mechanical, electromechanical, electronics or in the specialized category including construction and fabrication and some precision work or requiring trade or craft skills working with a variety of unique materials.

Equivalent to two years of semi-skilled experience maintaining and repairing scientific or technical equipment or related experience in the type of equipment to which assigned as part of instructional support activities may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Equivalent to two 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 for one year of the required experience. 

Preferred Qualifications

A successful candidate will have:
•          Bachelor’s Degree or Technical degree in Industrial Design or closely related field.
•          Experienced in using CAD software such as Solidworks, SketchUp, Fusion 360, Rhino, or Auto CAD.
•          Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
•          Practical knowledge of woodworking machinery and woodworking techniques.
•          Practical knowledge of metalworking machinery and metalworking techniques such as gas and arc welding
•          Basic understanding of additive and subtractive machining methodologies
•          Ability to work independently
•          Ability to effectively communicate technical information to individuals with varying levels of expertise
•          Good problem-solving skills.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions.  SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

Employment Requirement

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU).  CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California.  Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception.  While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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