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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Technician, Assistant

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 5260

UW Job Family: 52

SOC Code: 27-4011

Pay Grade: 14

Date: July 01, 2004

Job Purpose:

Under direct supervision, provides assistance with basic precision work in the assembly, maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical, computer or other electronic equipment, machinery and systems under close direction from the assigned supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications


High School Diploma/GED


1 year technical training or experience in the assembly, repair and maintenance of equipment or machinery

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices of the trade involved.
  • Data gathering methods.
  • Basic equipment safety inspection methods and techniques.
  • Basic and safe operation of standard lab, research, and/or computer equipment.
  • Safety measures and occupational hazards of the trade.
  • Basic maintenance and repairs for the assigned equipment, experiments, and tools.
  • Tools and equipment associated with the basic tasks of the position.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Perform basic assembly of equipment.
  • Follow detailed written and oral instructions.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Prepare and interpret basic schematics.
  • Troubleshoot basic failures and problems.
  • Weld and solder using a variety of methods and techniques.
  • Draft basic mechanical and electronic diagrams.
  • Move up to 100 lbs.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Assist, as directed, with the installation and testing of computer, electronic, mechanical and electrical equipment, components and systems using standard meters and testing devices; locate and replace defective parts; perform preventive maintenance on designated equipment or electronic systems, as directed.

Learn the complexities and unique aspects of systems in place in the department.

Some positions will assist with the installation of and/or utilize software/hardware computer applications and/or utility programs.

May assist with preparation of drafts of mechanical or electrical drawings to assist in the fabrication or construction of complex equipment or apparatus.

May assist in performing basic tasks specifically related to electronics, computers, mechanical, and electrical systems and components.

May weld and solder as required.

Perform basic assembly of manufactured parts into completed equipment; operate and test equipment to ensure proper working order, as directed.

Supplemental Functions:

Maintain records of drawings, time and materials required to complete projects. 

May assist with inventory of equipment and materials.

Working Conditions:

Shop and field site environments; regularly exposed to electrical, mechanical, chemical and fire/explosive hazards, fumes and vapors; occasionally subject to confined spaces.

Some positions require travel regularly.

Distinguishing Features:

Technician, Assistant: Entry level that works under direct supervision performing basic work including running tests, troubleshooting problems, and preventive maintenance. Responsible for safety compliance for the shop/project; assemble basic equipment; troubleshoot basic failures and operational problems, and assist with providing problem resolution.

Technician: Works under general supervision performing fundamental work including running tests, troubleshooting problems, preventive maintenance, and providing problem resolution. May create finished products from design drawings. Responsible for safety compliance for the shop/project; assemble fundamental equipment; fabricate parts, tools and equipment; troubleshoot routine failures and operational problems.

Technician, Senior: Performs under limited supervision specialized and advanced troubleshooting and repairs; employs advanced methods of troubleshooting and resolving systematic problems, may take projects from original design concept to finished product; assemble complex equipment and systems; may have budget responsibility; maintains an inventory of replacement parts and supplies. May supervise and have project leadership.

Technician, Master: Highest level of expertise in the career field with work performed under very limited supervision. Tasks, duties and responsibilities are primarily at the design level. May supervise project from design to completion, or may supervise assigned employees; may be involved in long-range project planning; has budget responsibility and authority; has expert knowledge and application of the specific research, engineering, computer network, or telecommunications network systems.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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