Equipment Technician III - Mechanical Engineering (504980)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Part Time Construction and Skilled Trades Engineering

Job Description


Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Department chair, this position performs highly skilled prototyping, design, construction, repair, maintenance, and modification of complex and custom equipment, devices and systems for the ME Department laboratories, classrooms and associated facilities. Emphasis is upon the design, fabrication, and construction of prototypes and unique equipment, teaching aids and technical apparatus for use in the laboratory or classroom, related to instructional support and research. This position oversees the safety of the departments teaching and research laboratories, and is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the department machine shop. Responsibilities also include operation of major metal machining tools, wood working machinery, grinding and sanding machinery, metal cutting machinery, sheet metal equipment, electric and gas welding equipment, paint booth, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining centers and is also responsible for the purchasing, installation and maintenance of all equipment in Mechanical Engineering Department shop and teaching laboratories. This ET III will act as a design and manufacturing consultant for students in the program. In addition, this position supports general upkeep of all labs in the ME Department with an emphasis on safety procedures and equipment.

This position is part-time with a 0.75 time base. The position exercises independent judgment, discretion, ingenuity, and innovation to resolve complex technical problems; provides substantive input to department regarding their acquisition of equipment, and additional resources; manages service contracts, and provides the leadership necessary to streamline and maintain effective laboratory operations.

Department Summary

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department is the largest academic department within the College of Engineering and the University. The department prepares students for careers in Mechanical Engineering. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree to approximately 1200 undergraduates and a Master of Science degree to approximately 70 graduate students. In addition, the ME Department offers a variety of service courses to approximately 2,400 non-ME majors per year (Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, General Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering). The ME program has 11 equipment intensive laboratories, including two student projects labs (the Hangar shop and the Mustang 60 shop) and support a variety of faculty and student research projects in and out of the laboratories. The department is comprised of 32 tenure/tenure track faculty, approximately 18 lecturers and part-time faculty, 1.5 administrative support positions, 4 technical support positions and over 70 student employees.

Key Qualifications
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the construction, installation, maintenance, repair and operation of technical and electro-mechanical equipment, including mill, lathe, drill press, CNC controllers and machine tools, Rapid prototyping machines and support software, welding processes (gas, stick, MIG, TIG, plasma), sheet metal fabrication and other fabricating processes on materials such as wood, plastics, composites and metal.
  • Thorough knowledge of equipment design theory.
  • Knowledge of drafting techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of repair, maintenance, troubleshooting and overhaul.
  • Ability to apply previous experience and knowledge to the design of new applications.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to three years of progressively responsible journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance,

repair and operation of the type of equipment typically used in Mechanical Engineering, including one year involving design modifications and fabrication of complex and highly technical equipment. (Equivalent to two years of semi-skilled experience maintaining and repairing scientific or technical equipment or related equipment experience as part of instructional support activities may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Equivalent to two years of trade school or technical arts training with specialization in the types of equipment typically used in Mechanical Engineering, completion of an apprenticeship program, or completion of a full military specialization maintenance and repair with the type of equipment typically used in Mechanical Engineering may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)


Anticipated Hiring Range: $52,500 - $63,750 per year (Calculated at .75 FTE)

Classification Range: $36,963 - $66,870 per year (Calculated at .75 FTE)

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer.

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 Cal Poly. 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 Cal Poly has designated 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.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H1-B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map