GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN 2 (ELECTRONIC), under supervision constructs, fabricates, repairs, calibrates, installs,
and maintains electronic, instrument communication and computer circuits, equipment and systems used for scientific
research, medical research, and administrative applications. Incumbents may perform electronic circuit design under
supervision from a higher-level technician.
The Instrument Technician 2 (Electronic) is distinguished from the Instrument Technician 1 (Electronic) by a
greater emphasis on performing more complex tasks; performing routine tasks with minimal supervision; and more
extensive experience in the repair, maintenance, construction, fabrication, and installation of electronic, instrument
communications and computer equipment and systems. Incumbents plan their work and assure that it meets established
technical requirements usually found in manufacturers and technical standards handbooks. This is the full journey
The Instrument Technician 2 (Electronic) is distinguished from the Instrument Technician 3 (Electronic) by the
absence of in-depth component level troubleshooting capability and experience in digital and computer equipment
and systems, and in analog circuits and equipment using feedback techniques.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under supervision incumbents perform many of the duties indicated for the series. Supervision over such positions
is usually exercised by a Senior Development Technician or by a faculty investigator or administrator. Examples
of assignments allocated to this level of difficulty and responsibility are:
- Repair. Typical tasks: diagnose and repair to the component level analog, digital, and electromechanical
based equipment and laboratory instruments: e.g., oscilloscopes, voltmeters, signal generators, power supplies,
centrifuges, pH meters, frequency counters, frequency synthesizers, logic modules, spectrophotometers, pulse generators,
- Computer Services. Typical tasks: diagnose and repair to the board or module level (and sometimes to
the component level) microcomputer and peripheral equipment; e.g., printers, CRT terminals, floppy disk drives,
and switching power supplies; run diagnostic software to isolate CPU, memory and peripheral problems; perform floppy
disk drive, hard disk drive, printer, and video monitor alignments using specialized test equipment and diagnostic
software; format hard disks using formatting software.
- Communications Services. Typical tasks: install communications, telephone, and network cables (in accordance
with NFPA/NEC, ANSI, FCC, and IEEE standards) in offices and labs, within buildings, and between buildings; test
newly installed cables and troubleshoot existing cables; install and test communications and network hardware and
software; troubleshoot and repair RS-232 communications problems; troubleshoot Ethernet network hardware problems
and replace faulty modules.
- Design. Typical tasks: under supervision by an engineer, incumbents may perform simple circuit design,
design modifications of existing circuits, and circuit adaptations using handbooks, data sheets, and other technical
literature: typically involve simple circuit building blocks (op amps, digital logic, function modules, etc.) where
knowledge of temperature stable biasing techniques of discrete semiconductors is not needed.
- Construction and Fabrication. Typical tasks: incumbents fabricate, assemble, and install electronic
components and assemblies following prints, diagrams, rough sketches or verbal instructions; devise methods by
which mounting and wiring insures that possible source of unwanted coupling are physically isolated, that length
of leads are kept at a minimum to reduce the possibility of regenerative feedback, that circuit components are
securely mounted to avoid malfunctioning under anticipated conditions of temperature, shock, and vibration; and
must possess the ability to follow schematic drawings and be able to break the schematic into block diagram form.
Construct routine Radio Frequency circuits.
- Calibration. Typical tasks: using manufacturer's technical manuals, calibrate and align test, measurement
and instrumentation equipment and systems, including: oscilloscopes, voltmeters, frequency counters, pH meters,
power supplies, frequency synthesizers, etc.; perform difficult calibration procedures involving the interaction
of several variables, nonlinear effects, and compromise adjustments; perform Radio Frequency circuit and equipment
tuning, adjustment, and calibration.
- Preventive Maintenance. Typical tasks: perform routine preventive maintenance of minicomputer systems,
including cleaning and replacement of air filters, clean printers, clean disk drive heads, perform mechanical adjustments,
and related tasks to ensure reliable operation over time.
- Stores. Typical tasks: maintain a parts stock and technical literature library used in the design, repair,
and fabrication of instruments and equipment; order or purchase common parts and components needed for design,
repair and fabrication of instruments and equipment through the purchasing department or directly from vendors.
- Consultation. Typical tasks: consult with faculty researchers, staff and students regarding technical
problems related to equipment and cables being modified, serviced or installed.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class are in regular personal contact with faculty investigators, staff, and students while
fabricating, constructing, modifying, calibrating, repairing, installing and servicing electronic, instrument communication
and computer equipment. Employees are in frequent contact by telephone or in person with vendors to purchase parts
and with manufacturers service representatives to exchange information and to receive assistance on assembly, repair,
calibration, or exchange of equipment, instruments, modules, or parts.
Employees in this class receive supervision from an administrator or a faculty investigator. Construction and
installation work are reviewed frequently. Troubleshooting, repair, and calibration work are reviewed on an ongoing
basis, including feedback from faculty investigators, staff, and students. Design work is closely supervised and
Two years of experience fabricating, repairing, calibrating, installing, and maintaining electronic equipment
and systems and one of the following: an Associate's degree in an Electronic Engineering Technician program; or
completion of an Electronic Technician Apprenticeship program; OR three years of experience fabricating, repairing,
calibrating, installing, and maintaining electronic equipment and systems.