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Research Engineering Mechanical Technician II

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Facilities Management

Posting Number: req6774

Department: Steward Observatory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill up to two position of a Research Engineering Mechanical Technician II.

The selected candidates will fabricate, acquire, install and maintain mechanical and thermal components and mechanisms necessary to mount, move, lift, measure and figure (grinding and polishing) 18-ton mirrors.

They will precisely install mounting hardware on mirrors to within a half of a millimeter accuracy. They will calibrate hydraulic actuator mechanisms and static support and precisely install them on 23-ton polishing support cells. Finally, they will employ mechanical and chemical means to protect polished mirrors up to 8.4 meters in diameter during storage and transit.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

All University employees, including student workers and graduate assistants/associates, must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they have been granted a religious or disability/medical accommodation.

Duties & Responsibilities

*Acquisition, inspection, calibration, and refurbishment of components used to support 8.4 meter, 18-ton mirrors during processing and operations. Includes:

  • Air over hydraulic actuators with counterweights
  • Electronic load cells and embedded computers
  • Static supports (thick cable cage springs)
  • Load spreaders
  • Linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs)
  • Glass wedges
  • Thermocouples, isothermal blocks and multiplexers
  • Primary mirror positioners
  • Precise installation and safe removal of components used to support 8.4 meter, 18-ton mirrors during processing and metrology. Includes:
  • Air over hydraulic actuators with counterweights
  • Electronic load cells and embedded computers
  • Static supports (thick cable cages)
  • Load spreaders
  • Linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs)
  • Glass wedges
  • Primary mirror positioners
  • Assembly, maintenance and disassembly of fixtures, structures and vacuum systems used to lift and move 18-ton mirrors
  • Assembly, installation, maintenance and disassembly of structures used in a 100-foot test tower to evaluate the figures of mirrors
  • Employs and inspects rigging necessary to lift unique structures weighing as much as 55 tons
  • Participates in mirror lift operations, including the use of a multiple vacuum system for lifting finished mirrors
  • Operates cranes with capacities as high as 55 tons
  • Operates forklifts, scissor lifts and boom lifts
  • Maintains, troubleshoots, reconfigures, and refurbishes the two unique large machines used to precisely machine, grind and polish 8.4 meter diameter mirrors
  • Maintains and troubleshoots the compressed air powered aircart used to move 41-ton mirror-polishing cell combinations throughout the lab
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • HS Diploma or equivalent, vocational or technical training in any technical field and 3-4 years related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate's degree, or vocational or technical school degree in any technical field.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $16.69 - $22.58 DOE

Compensation Type: hourly rate

Grade: 5

Career Stream and Level: OC2

Job Family: Research Engineering

Job Function: Research

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

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