Instrument Mechanic- Biology Service Facility

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Closing date
Oct 20, 2021

View more

Science, Life Sciences
*Position Announcement: Instrument Mechanic,*
*Biology Service Facility*
The Division of Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for the Instrument Mechanic position within the Biology Service Facility (BSF). This is a non-exempt, full-time, staff position, market range 07. *The University and Region: *The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 30,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity. The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem surrounded by eight gorgeous lakes, with a beautiful and accessible downtown, a diverse music scene including internationally recognized festivals, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a strong offering of diverse cultural and outdoor activities. UTK is located within easy driving distance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville and Cincinnati. It is only a day's drive to Memphis, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people.*Division of Biology:*The Division of Biology houses three different departments: Microbiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology. The Division is home to over 1,000 faculty, staff, and students. These researchers are actively engaged in scientific exploration, including field studies throughout the world. BSF functions to actively support these endeavors. *The Department: *As a support facility that falls within the Division of Biology, BSF is committed to excellence in the service and support of laboratory equipment utilized by our scientific community. Our primary goal is to support teaching and research by lowering equipment down time, minimizing repair costs, and providing service equal or superior to that of outside vendors. We seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a profound passion for working with and serving all students and faculty. *The Position: *Reporting to the Technical Manager, the primary purpose of the position is to develop, modify, maintain and repair specialized scientific equipment for faculty, staff, and students involved in teaching and research at UT Knoxville, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Institute of Agriculture. *PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES*
Diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair mechanical equipment which includes autoclaves, cage washers, surgery tables, vacuum pumps, hydraulic pumps, freeze dryers, and glassware washers for faculty, staff, and students.Identify and perform preventative maintenance on equipment. Rebuild hydraulic, pneumatic, and solenoid valves.Troubleshoot and identify electrical component failures down to the board level. Diagnose, install, calibrate and program control panels. Diagnose and repair/replace power supplies. Locate online manuals, electrical schematics or parts diagrams and correctly identify required replacement parts.Assist in estimating materials, supplies, and labor hours for projects. Compile parts and materials orders for supervisor and departmental approval on projects. Maintain a safe and clean working environment.

* High school diploma or GED
* 2 years of experience working in mechanical and electronic equipment repair.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
* Ability to safely work with, drills, band saws, boring machines, hand tools, and digital multi-meters.
* High aptitude for electromechanical diagnostic and repair.
* Ability to disassemble and correctly rebuild equipment in a timely manner with little oversight.
* Plumbing skills with strong understanding of pneumatics and hydraulics to include solenoid valves.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Excellent problems solving skills with ability to see and design solutions.
* Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
* Ability to quickly learn unfamiliar equipment and become proficient in repair with minimal guidance.
* Basic understanding and ability to use tablets, computers, e-mail and internet.
* Ability to look up parts via online schematics and catalogs.
* Ability to learn and utilize a Computerized Maintenance Management Software system (CMMS).
* Capable of continued learning and progression as tools and equipment advances.
* Vocational/technical training or apprenticeship as maintenance machinist or an Associate's Degree in a closely related field.
* 2 years of experience in machining and welding (arc, tig, mig).
*SALARY: *DOE&Q*APPLICATION PROCESS: *For consideration, all applicants MUST submit a resume and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references into the UT Human Resources online portal. Visit [](*ANTICIPATED START DATE*: As soon as possible.*Review of Applications will continue until position is filled.*The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title Vl/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

*Job: *Other Tech/Para-Professional
*Primary Location: *US-Tennessee-knoxville
*Organization: *Division Of Biology
*Schedule: *Full-time
*Job Posting: *Aug 2, 2021, 2:09:54 PM

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert