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General Description:

The Electronics Technician is responsible for supporting the CEE department’s research and educational mission. Duties include understanding and assisting with data acquisition (hardware and software) developing and supporting technical aspects related to sensors and networks; maintaining and repairing complex laboratory and field instrumentation, as well as field-deployed sensor networks; and upgrading legacy devices.

The work requires significant collaboration skills and creativity working with a diverse group of graduate students, faculty and other staff (e.g, machinist, or other equipment operators) to develop concepts, make improvements and finalize prototype systems used in state-of-the-art research.  Thus, inherent curiosity and interest in research are important attributes.  The staff member is also expected to have good communication skills and collaborative spirit to teach students the responsibilities that are needed to achieve their research objectives.

Research and Development Support ~ 40%

  • Work with students or faculty on various technical needs such as data acquisition, sensor development or network maintenance, performing tests and diagnoses on systems, production processes, controls, test procedures, instruments, equipment, products or product performance to ensure controls achieve desired results
  • Work with faculty and students to develop concepts, modify and improve them, and finalize preliminary designs; design efficient prototypes to responsibly spend research funding
  • Be a resource for students on the latest instrumentation that can be used to conduct experiments; leverage experience learned from one research project to apply to the next one
  • Actively participate in the development and modification of instrumentation plans for advanced and real-time experiments.

Electronics Maintenance and trouble-shooting ~20%

  • Conduct performance and reliability testing on the electrical and/or mechanical properties of assemblies, components, networks or equipment
  • Develop, analyze and maintain processes, products and/or equipment, including diagnostics; may write application specific software for automated test equipment, and employee system diagnostics routines or software
  • Assist with purchasing necessary materials in appropriate amounts for use in research support
  • Modify complex devices/apparatus for research using shop tools such as solder, special adhesives, unique component parts, or customized instrumentation
  • Monitor, adjust, test, calibrate, maintain and repair instruments, components or fixtures including programmable controls, and test equipment
  • Troubleshoot breakdowns, perform preventative maintenance and call for repairs
  • Work with other technical staff and appropriate faculty to anticipate and schedule software or equipment repairs, upgrades, replacements or new purchases.
  • Develop process control manuals or instructions and related documentation to guide other users.

 Class/Teaching Support ~ 15%

  • Develop and/ modify devices/apparatus for teaching labs using available shop tools or coordinating with outside vendors when necessary
  • Set-up laboratory tests with required equipment and supplies
  • Instruct and assist students with field and laboratory experiments
  • Maintain appropriate lab supplies on hand by inventorying stock, placing orders and verifying receipt of goods

General Equipment Maintenance/Repair ~ 15%

  • Following training, monitor, adjust, test, calibrate, maintain and/or repair mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical/electronic equipment, instruments, components, or fixtures, including programmable controls, numeric controls and test equipment
  • Resolve design problems or malfunctions in specialized equipment
  • Troubleshoot breakdowns, perform preventive maintenance and call for repairs
  • Work with other technical staff and appropriate faculty to anticipate and schedule software or equipment repairs, upgrades, replacements or new purchases
  • Develops process control manuals and related documentation

Safety Issues ~ 5%

  • Instruct new laboratory users regarding lab specific safety procedures and document their training
  • Determine safe operating procedures for test equipment; monitor and enforce codes to be in compliance with OSHA and U-M OSEH requirements
  • Actively participate in department’s Safety Committee
  • Learn the basics of the other technicians’ work responsibilities to communicate effectively and work safely in their absence to cover the needs of the department
  • Work cooperatively with other personnel and functions to exchange information and resolve problems in an efficient and safe manner

Facilities Issues ~ 5%

  • Space renovations, furniture or equipment moves, facilities updates and utilization
  • Notify Plant Operations Call Center of building related issues and follow up to ensure work was completed satisfactorily
  • Actively participate on the Facilities Committee (may be part of the Safety Cmte) to plan for equipment or software maintenance, repair, upgrades or replacement over a multi-year period, including the estimated budgetary effects of such plans

Required Qualifications*

  • Associate’s degree plus six years of proven experience in electrical/electronics or a BS degree in electrical engineering or related field
  • Expertise with popular data acquisition, actuation and control systems software (e.g., Labview)
  • Extensive experience operating test equipment, including soldering equipment, multi-meters, and oscilloscopes, with a thorough knowledge of electrical/electronic components and equipment
  • Demonstrated experience in the calibration, maintenance and repair of scientific equipment systems, including competency in problem-solving, analysis, decision-making, learning and teamwork
  • Ability to stay well-organized and negotiate deadlines where appropriate to avoid over-committing to projects or missing due dates for deliverables
  • Ability to analyze and present data using Excel or other database program
  • Must be able to combine various fundamental operations necessary to complete the job in a fully competent manner

Desired Qualifications*

  • BS degree plus 8-10 years of related technical experience, preferably in a university research setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, efficiently and productively with a diverse group of students, staff and faculty
  • Programming experience in low-level languages, such as C/C++
  • Experience setting up embedded systems in Linux/UNIX or other real-time operating systems
  • Knowledge of U-M resources, policies and procedures

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.