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Instructional Support Technician - Mechanical Engineering

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals
Position Description

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the department chair this position performs comprehensive support services for the Mechanical Engineering Department making extensive use of materials and supplies including those which are living or unique and scientific equipment both in upper and lower division laboratories and instructional centers and spaces.

The incumbent utilizes excellent depth of knowledge of the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department, ME related disciplines and programs, and understanding of laboratory techniques and methods to determine suitability of materials for related instructional needs. This position operates and performs routine maintenance of laboratory equipment, procures materials and equipment to support the curricular and scholarly activities of the department faculty and students, informs and educates students and faculty on CSU and campus policies and procedures including those pertaining to safety, and promotes a culture of safety and collaboration.  

Department technical and instructional support staff in the College of Engineering are part of a broader instructional and equipment support team and work together collaboratively to innovate and develop best practices.

Department Summary

The Mechanical Engineering Department (ME) is a major academic department within the College of Engineering. The department prepares students for careers in Mechanical Engineering, offering a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to its major specific curriculum, the ME Department offers a variety of service courses in Aerospace Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. The ME program has 11 highly intensive laboratories including two student project labs, the Mustang 60’ and the Aero Hanger Machine Shop that see over 65,000 hours of student work each year and serves the entire campus.

Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the principles of performing support services; knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques related to Mechanical Engineering and/or closely related disciplines and curriculum.
  • Familiarity with basic laboratory electronic measuring equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, thermocouple readers, load/pressure sensors and associated data acquisition electronics.
  • Ability to calibrate, adjust, operate, and maintain the equipment used for lab instruction.
  • Ability to read wiring schematics and to debug electronic circuits and make repairs using standard techniques such as soldering.
  • Knowledge of, or ability to quickly obtain, the materials and supplies necessary for the Mechanical Engineering curriculum and programs and their uses and applications.

Education and Experience

Education and Experience:

  • Three years of experience providing instructional support services in a discipline related to the Mechanical Engineering or in producing materials or supplies related to the discipline. (Two years of college with 16 semester units in courses in the related specialty area discipline may be substituted for one year of required experience OR four years of college with 16 semester units in courses in the related specialist area discipline may be substituted for two years of required experience.)

Licenses, Certificates, Credentials:

  • State of California Driver’s License or ability to obtain one by date of hire.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $53,500 - $69,550 annually

Classification Range: $50,160 - $87,048 annually

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. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

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. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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