Fresno State campus

Equipment Technician II, Electronic

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Work type: Staff
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Research, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

Equipment Technician II - Electronic

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,010 - $4,600 per month

Full CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,010 - $7,254 per month

  • This is a full-time (equivalent to 40 hours per week), probationary, non-exempt position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

Under the general supervision of the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the incumbent supports the department's mission by providing various specialized and general technical support functions. Specific duties include repair, diagnosis, and maintenance of electronic instrumentation, including instrumental software, computer-related problems, and electronic components of major analytical instrumentation and electro-mechanical equipment; design, modification, and production of electronic equipment and electrical-mechanical apparatuses for instructional and research use; operational and instructional support of departmental computer-based and other instrumentation; troubleshooting of new instrumentation; and performing other related duties as assigned. In addition, the Technician is expected to facilitate and maintain professional relationships with outside organizations.

The primary responsibility of this position is to provide lab equipment maintenance and repair for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics. In addition, the Equipment Technician II, Electronic, will provide maintenance, repairs, and user support to faculty and staff within the department/college.


Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the materials, tools and equipment utilized.
  • An understanding of chemical analytical techniques and their implementation using electronic instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of digital computers and their adaptation to instrumental measurements.
  • Safety practices, procedures, rules, and precautions associated with equipment and working conditions.
  • Ability to:
    • Coordinate different technical and instructional tasks, determine the relative importance of each, set appropriate deadlines, and complete all projects accordingly.
    • Apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative in performing instructional/technical work.
    • Learn software for chemical inventories, hazard assessments, and inspections.
    • Ability to perform complex troubleshooting and design, fabricate, and modify technical equipment.
    • Ability to analyze equipment problems and determine what repairs are needed.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both writing and verbally, to perform the duties of the position.
    • Ability to make arithmetic computations where required.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent to graduation from a four-year college/university.
  • Or Equivalent to two years of experience maintaining and repairing scientific or technical equipment.  Related experience in chemistry or biochemistry equipment as part of instructional support activities may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  • Or Equivalent to a trade school or technical arts training in biological sciences equipment, completion of an apprenticeship program, or completion of the military specialization in chemistry and biochemistry equipment maintenance and repair.
    • Preferred Skills:
      • Experience working in an academic institution, research laboratory, medical facility, or other complex manufacturing, industrial, or commercial organization.
      • Experience providing IT support as related to electro-mechanical lab and research equipment.
      • Experience providing customer service/user support.
      • Help to manage the research facilities at RIMI and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry under the direct supervision of the Department Chair. Responsibilities include the maintenance and servicing (or coordination of servicing) of the current instruments at RIMI, three NMR spectrometers, and any other new instruments commissioned.
      • Handling and magnet transfer of liquid helium and liquid nitrogen and transporting total liquid nitrogen (600 pounds tanks) multiple days weekly to fill the three magnets.
      • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
      • Current compressed gas handling training.


Department Summary

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers four rigorous, high quality degree programs (B.A. Chemistry, B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Biochemistry and M.S. Chemistry) that prepare students for careers in research, industry and education, as well as preparing students for admission to Ph.D., medical, pharmacy, dentistry and osteopathic medicine programs. Our programs provide opportunities to gain hands-on experience with modern instrumentation, to conduct research under the guidance of faculty mentors, to take laboratory classes in private-sector facilities, participate in the Chemistry Honors program, and contribute beyond the classroom to promote science in local schools and our community.


Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by June 25, 2023 will be given full consideration by the search committee.

  • Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all 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.  Questions may be sent to


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is 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" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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