Equipment Technician III, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

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

Working Title: Equipment Technician III

Classification Title: Equipment Technician III, Specialized Equipment

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Sunday, February 18, 2024 @ 11:55 PST

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

Equipment Tech III specializing in chemistry will resolve all issues regarding the maintenance, repair, installation, modification, and procurement of department scientific instruments, including AA, FTIR, XRD, Mass Spec, NMR, Fluorescence, and UVvis spectrometers, GC, LC, SEC-MALS and IC chromatography systems, large capacity DI/RO water purification system, regenerative compressed air dryer, lyophilizers, centrifuges, incubators, DOC gel imaging systems, micro plate readers, rotary evaporation vacuum systems, laboratory balances, high temp glassware-washers, water baths, ovens, pH meters, hot plate stirrers, computer hardware and specialized software, laser printers, etc. The incumbent interfaces closely with the stockroom and office staff and the department chair to assure that department equipment and instrumentation is adequate and working properly to meet the teaching and research needs in the chemistry department. Occasionally assist with department functions and special events.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (eligible for overtime compensation) 

Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,850.00 - $6,350.00 per month commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,394.00 - $7,950.00  per month

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Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment Type: Regular (Probationary)

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months 

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

Department Information 

The Department of Chemistry at Sacramento State offers an American Chemical Society approved BS Chemistry degree, a BS Biochemistry degree, BA degrees with concentrations in biochemistry and forensics, and master’s degrees in chemistry, including a biochemistry concentration. The department is undergoing rapid growth and currently has over 400 majors. Our degree programs include a strong focus on instrumentation and hands-on experiences. We place a high value on faculty mentored research for undergraduates and graduate students. Our graduates obtain industry and government jobs in chemistry, biochemistry, and biotechnology; complete MS/PhD programs in all areas of chemistry; complete professional health degrees in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and optometry; and teach in high schools/community colleges in the Sacramento region.

For additional information about the Department of Chemistry, please visit

Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge and Abilities:
Comprehensive knowledge of the methods. materials, tools and equipment used in the construction, installation, maintenance. repair and operation of equipment in the area of specialization; thorough knowledge of equipment design theory; knowledge of drafting techniques: thorough knowledge of repair, maintenance, troubleshooting and overhaul.
Ability to apply previous experience and knowledge to the design of new applications; ability to plan, organize, and coordinate the work of technical projects; ability to review and prepare specifications for technical equipment; ability to design, fabricate, and assemble devices; ability to coordinate equipment repair performed by other specialists; ability to analyze equipment problems and determine what repairs are needed; ability to install. replace, repair, and maintain a wide variety of equipment for the area of job assignment; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; 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 III, all specialties:
The ability to train and supervise others.
Equivalent to three years of progressively responsible journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair and operation of scientific or technical equipment in the specialty area to which assigned, including one year involving design modifications and fabrication of complex and highly technical equipment.
Equivalent to two years of semi-skilled experience maintaining and repairing scientific or technical equipment or related equipment experience 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 may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Required Qualifications 

1. Experience in repairing electronic, electromechanical, and electrical circuitry.
2. Experience in the application of scientific principles and method toward troubleshooting malfunctioning equipment.
3. Experience reading electronic schematics, wiring diagrams and block diagrams to troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment.
4. Experience setting up and/or troubleshooting software to maximize instrumentation utility
5. Experience interfacing computers to scientific equipment
6. Experience using test equipment, such as digital voltmeters, oscilloscopes, etc., to troubleshoot, repair and maintain instrumentation.
7. Experience using, maintaining, and/or troubleshooting chemical or biochemical instrumentation.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
8. Ability to analyze problems and execute solutions in an environment that often demands quick resolution of technical issues that affect overall productivity of students, faculty and staff.
9. Knowledge and understanding of electronic circuity.
10. Ability to identify malfunctioning electronic components and replace them using standard hand tools and soldering devices.
11. Strong mechanical aptitude as applied toward the installation and modification of instruments and their supporting hardware and infrastructure.
12. Knowledge of design and use of common chemistry/biochemistry instrumentation such as NMR, MS, UV.
13. Ability to design and fabricate mechanical solutions that improve the usability, safety, and dependability of equipment and surrounding infrastructure.
14. Demonstrated ability to work with students, faculty, and department, college and university staff in a collaborative, cooperative and collegial manner.
15. Ability to prioritize and schedule a complex and rapidly changing workload.
16. Ability to work autonomously with little direct supervision to meet the complex instrumentation and computer needs of the Chemistry department.
17. Ability to organize inventories, maintain maintenance logs, and repair and replacement priorities.
18. Ability to occasionally move, lift, carry, transport and/or position objects or equipment up to 50 lbs.
19. 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 background check

Preferred Qualifications 

20. Three or more years’ experience in design, repair, operation and or modification of chemical instrumentation such as spectroscopic and chromatography systems. Demonstrated experience troubleshooting, maintaining and/or repairing more complex chemical instrumentation such as NMR and Mass Spectrometers. Experience with both dated and modern equipment.
21. Two or more years of college level chemistry coursework.
22. Experience using chemical/biochemical instrumentation.
23. Experience instructing users in the operation of chemical instrumentation.
24. Comprehensive knowledge of computers and operating systems (from DOS to Win11) used in both modern and dated laboratory instrumentation.
25. Ability to work with technical persons from remote sites.
26. Experience with budget and procurement.
27. Experience with chemical hazards and working in a chemistry environment.
28. Experience locating sources of difficult to find instrument parts.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, cover letter

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

Candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (ie. 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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