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Instrument Technician

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 4075

Title: Instrument Technician

Department: Natural Sciences

Essential Personnel: N

Job Family: Academic Administration

Job Sub-Family: Research

FLSA Classification: E

Job Grade: 12

Grade Min: $43,001

Grade Mid: $51,601

UHD Succession Plan: N/A

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: N

Job Summary

The Instrument Technician maintains the scientific instrumentation within the department of Natural Science.


  • Monitors the instruments within the department of Natural Science to ensure optimal performance
  • Troubleshoots instruments and makes any necessary repairs
  • Gathers quotes and places orders for new instruments
  • Pays invoices for parts and other expenses
  • Maintains an inventory of all the department property
  • Prepares and sets up labs to support physics courses

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • None

Delegation of Work:

  • N/A

Supervision Given:

  • N/A


Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, Education, or a related field

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of related job experience, including experience working with analytical instruments


  • None required

Preferred Qualifications

  • None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Mechanical and Electronic knowledge


  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Ability to troubleshoot problems with instruments;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • Works in science laboratory

Physical Demands:

  • Work is normally performed in a laboratory environment. Individual has discretion in relation to walking, standing etc., and has minimal exposure to physical risks
  • Work involves occasional exposure to elements such as oils, dust, fumes, airborne particles, inclement weather, and extreme temperatures
  • May, on rare occasions, be required to work in a confined space or in a high dangerous place
  • May, on rare occasions, be required to work near moving mechanical parts, or be exposed to the risk of an electric shock
  • May, on rare occasions, be exposed to potentially hazardous bodily fluids or potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents or chemicals
  • Individual may occasionally be exposed to vibration. Must have clarity of vision, good spatial awareness, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • May be required to move items of up to 40lbs

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.

Communicates Effectively

  • Communicates clearly, concisely, and with courtesy.
  • Carefully listens to customer or thoroughly reads correspondence, and uses good judgment to respond appropriately. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Communicates requests for further action or resources to appropriate individuals with tact.

Equipment Operation

  • Demonstrates the essential skills required to use equipment and tools needed to perform job duties and responsibilities.
  • Follows maintenance and operation procedures and safety rules to minimize equipment malfunctions and prevent personal injuries.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

Last updated 4/27/2022 6:11 AM