Equipment Technician II - Mechanical

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
Construction and Skilled Trades

Job Description

Job Summary

Reporting to the Engineering Central Shops Department Lead, the equipment technician maintains equipment within the college, with a particular focus on Mechanical Engineering. The equipment technician assists with faculty and student projects.

Key Responsibilities
  • Maintains and upgrades equipment and instrumentation in Mechanical Engineering laboratories, such as robotics, mechatronics, controls, measurements, thermal systems, and mechanical design laboratories.
  • Provides assistance as needed with mechanical- and aerodynamics-related equipment maintenance and upgrades in other departments in the College of Engineering.
  • Assists with faculty and student projects as needed, particularly for Mechanical Engineering, including machining and fabricating parts and guiding students in the Engr 123 machine shop..
  • Ensures safe operation of department labs, club spaces, and Engr 123 machine shop.
  • Inventories supplies and materials for Mechanical Engineering labs and Engr 123 machine shop. Orders parts, tools, and instruments.
  • Participates as a member of College’s technician team. Interfaces collaboratively and effectively with other College technicians; assists other departments with technical issues when needed.
  • Participates as a member of the building emergency response team
  • Works with student assistant team to move furniture and equipment and make deliveries
  • Programs and maintains omnilocks for the college

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Demonstrable skill in basic machine shop fabrication practices and tools such as mill, lathe, CNC, drill press, arc welder, CAD/CAM, 3D printing, and others.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair, install and replace, modify and maintain equipment and associated instrumentation in mechanical/aerospace specializations down to the module level. Examples include pumps; vacuum units and gages; engines; pressure, temperature, strain, positioning, vibration, velocity and acceleration sensors and associated conditioning units; pneumatic and hydraulic actuators and controls, and electromechanical devices. Additional consideration will be given to those candidates with knowledge of data acquisition programs such as LabVIEW, instrumentation, and controls.
  • Good communication skills; ability to work with diverse groups of people including department chair and faculty, students, other college technicians, facilities and operations, and vendors.
  • Ability to identify and initiate tasks, to prioritize tasks, and to work independently.
  • Ability and desire to learn new technical skills both on-the-job and through pertinent training.

Required Qualifications (Only one of the three qualifications below must be met)

1. 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, or

2. 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, or

3. 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


A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in technology or closely related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a technical environment


Classification: Equipment Technician II - Mechanical
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,821/month - $5,056/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,010/month - $7,254/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: October 9, 2023 through October 23, 2023. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

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Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now 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 information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: Oct 09 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
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