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East Tennessee State University

Engineering Laboratory Technician

Title Code: 5125
Occ. Group: 621.871 
Engineering Laboratory Technician

Skill Level: 9         

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

IPEDS: 510

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Job Purpose

Work performed in the machining, fabrication, and construction of instructional and research apparatus used in engineering

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Fabricates, customizes, tests, troubleshoots, repairs and installs electrical, mechanical, electromechanical and electronic measuring equipment

Sets-up standard and special purpose laboratory equipment to measure and test other instruments and equipment

Measures parts for conformity with specifications

Uses precision-measuring instruments such as calipers, internal and external micrometers, dial indicators and optical comparators to measure tolerances in components

Operates wood working and metal working machinery and joining, fastening, finishing and welding tools and equipment

Performs necessary maintenance on laboratory tools and equipment

Performs arc and acetylene welding

Assists instructors in laboratory sessions

May prepare project cost summary, including labor, equipment and materials

Instructs students in the use of tools and equipment

Requisitions and maintains inventory of supplies, tools, and equipment

Supplemental Functions

All incumbents are expected to perform these functions except for those qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act for a reasonable accommodation.

These functions may vary by institution.

Incumbents may provide backup to various functions within the unit.

May be required to perform related clerical tasks as assigned

Performs other work as assigned

Direction Received

Employees work under general supervision.  Advice and guidance are available from the supervisor as needed for complex issues or exceptions to policy.

Direction Given


Job Specifications

High school diploma or GED.  Completion of a standard apprenticeship in one of the industrial trades such as machinist or electrician or its equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics

Knowledge of the materials, methods, and principles involved in constructing various instructional and research apparatus used in engineering laboratories

Knowledge of the use, care, and maintenance of tools and equipment such as wood working, metal working, electric, electronic welding tools, equipment and instruments

Knowledge of applicable occupational hazards and safety precautions

Ability to operate, calibrate and test equipment

Ability to read and  follow specifications and blueprints

Ability to provide basic instruction to students on the use of various tools, equipment and instruments

Ability to communicate and confer with vendors in ordering supplies and equipment

Ability to evaluate situations and make decisions

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with students, instructors, and other employees

Working Conditions/Physical Demands/Special Conditions

Specific working conditions, physical demands and special conditions relative to this position are on file in the Office of Human Resources for your information.

Date                         Skill         Evaluation
5/2004                        9           733033323

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. 

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