Equipment Technician II, Mechanical

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title: Equipment Technician II

Classification Title: Equipment Technician II - Mechanical

Posting Details

Note to Applicants: As of Tuesday, January 30, 2024 this search is still open and actively accepting new applications. Apply today! (Prior applicants need not re-apply.)

Priority Review Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Monday, October 30, 2023 @ 11:55pm PT

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

The primary function of the Equipment Technician II is to provide technical and advisory support for engineering laboratory equipment and student/faculty research projects and assist with demonstration equipment.

Under general supervision of the supervising Equipment Technician III, the incumbent of this Equipment Technician II position with independent application of knowledge and experience, prepares laboratories for instruction, including equipment installation, maintenance, minor repair, and modification, in all cases employing a comprehensive knowledge of both scientific and technical principles.

This position provides laboratory preparation, equipment repair, modification, design, fabrication, and installation support services on various classes of complex and highly technical engineering-related equipment and systems in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) as well as providing direct technical support to the various student activity groups within the college.

The incumbent is responsible for preparing equipment designs from oral directions or from discussions of what functions or processes are needed in relation to student, research, or instruction needs; developing unique equipment of a specialized nature to assist students and faculty; developing experimental models, systems and devices; repairs and maintains the most complex factory built or prototype equipment. Incumbent acts as a resource to faculty and students in developing equipment capability for research; develops models to demonstrate theoretical and practical engineering principles; develops plans, specifications, and construction drawings; acts as a resource to provide advice regarding suitable makes, models and accessories; adapts complex donated equipment or one-of-a-kind equipment for which there are no manuals or resources available to make it viable as instructional equipment. The incumbent performs highly skilled repairs in maintaining complex factory-built or custom engineering lab equipment, systems and devices. The incumbent develops plans, methods and techniques for analyzing and diagnosing equipment malfunctions. The incumbent serves as a consultant on special projects and provides the technical expertise needed to successfully complete the project. The incumbent performs duties with a high degree of independence and judgement and is responsible for maintaining and contributing the highest level of service quality to the ECS Tech Shop in support of ECS operations.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,010.00 - $ 5,837.00 per month commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $ 4,010.00 - $7,254.00 per month

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Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment Type: Regular (Probationary)

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months 

Work Hours: M - F  8:00am - 5:00pm.  Hours may vary depending on operational needs.

Department Information 

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is dedicated to providing high quality education that will transform students into professionals capable of contributing to the advancement of technological knowledge, progress, well-being and sustainable growth of our Capital region and the State of California. The mission of the College of Engineering and Computer Science is to focused heavily on producing career-ready engineering, computer science and construction management professionals who possess the critical thinking skills, creativity, communication skills and the problem solving abilities necessary to make an immediate and lasting contribution to their profession. Our sixty-eight full-time faculty members earned their degrees at some of the nation’s best universities. They are dedicated to personally educating and training young people, and share a practical, design-oriented philosophy which encourages independent thinking and problem solving. The academic programs prepare our 4,000 students for both professional practice and advanced study in their chosen disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge 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.

Required Qualifications 

1. Experience using mechanical and thermal test equipment and/or automated machine tools, including preparation of laboratory materials, including installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance.
2. Experience using computers and computer peripherals, including basic office and graphics software.
3. Experience working with a diverse student population in support of courses and student projects.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
4. Strong ability to operate and perform routine troubleshooting and maintenance of engineering laboratory equipment, such as: survey instruments, data acquisition and control systems, computer integrated manufacturing, welding (MIG, TIG, oxy-acetylene, stick-arc, brazing), sheet metal fabrication, foundry work (melting and pouring metals, pattern making, green sand casting), model making, tensile and compression testing, hydraulic systems, wood working, and HVAC operations.
5. Must have knowledge of (or ability to learn) proper acquisition, handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials and the ability to maintain safety records;
6. Ability to keep abreast of industry trends and technology; ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; ability to make mathematical calculations where required.
7. Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing, including spelling and punctuation.
8. Ability to interpret, communicate, and apply knowledge of University infrastructure, policies and procedures.
9. Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
10. Demonstrated customer service experience requiring diplomacy and professionalism to effectively handle a broad range of situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems
11. Excellent computer skills and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
12. Possession of a valid driver's license and maintenance of a good driving record.
13. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community

Conditions of Employment:
- Ability to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

14. Undergraduate degree in engineering, physical science, or closely related field.
15. Prior experience providing equipment or instructional support services and technical assistance with equipment in an engineering laboratory setting.
16. Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
17. Knowledge or experience with safety requirements for laboratories using hazardous materials.

Required Licenses/Certifications

  • Possession of a valid driver's license and maintenance of a good driving record.

Documents Needed to Apply

  • Resume (Required)
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is 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 drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Eligibility Verification

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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