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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN 3 (MECHANICAL), under general supervision, designs, constructs, fabricates, repairs, modifies, installs, and maintains original and innovative precision mechanical instruments, systems, or equipment used for scientific and/or medical research. Incumbents typically perform original mechanical equipment and instrument systems design under supervision from an Instrument Technologist (Mechanical) or professional engineer.
This is the third level of a four-level series. It is distinguished from the higher level by the absence of responsibility for independently designing complex state-of-the-art mechanical systems and for having a comprehensive knowledge of system integration. It is distinguished from the lower levels by having the primary responsibility to design equipment or units of a system that are not state-of-the-art or do not involve total system and integration. Employees design original equipment from verbal requests, sometimes with very vague instructions from a scientific faculty investigator. Designs require some adapting of existing precedents or techniques and the ability to exercise originality based on an understanding of the interaction of various sub units in the system. Incumbents work with a high degree of independence and are responsible for the technical quality and accuracy of their work.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under general supervision, incumbents perform all or many of the duties listed. Incumbents in this class are expected to operate independently in the design, fabrication, construction, and maintenance phase of a major research effort.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class are in regular in-person contact with physicians, academic researchers, staff, and students while designing, fabricating, calibrating, and repairing scientific instruments and equipment. Employees are in frequent contact by telephone or in person with vendors to purchase parts and with manufacturer's service representatives to exchange information and to receive assistance on the assembly, repair, calibration, or exchange of instruments, equipment, or parts.
Employees in this class receive general supervision from an instrument technologist, shop supervisor, or faculty researcher. Design work is reviewed periodically at milestones and upon completion for adherence to design objectives. Work is reviewed on an ongoing basis from feedback from researchers and staff as to whether instruments perform well and are calibrated and repaired properly. Employees follow operator's manuals for the maintenance and repair of instruments and standard scientific and mathematical principles in the fabrication of instruments.