Equipment Technician III - Biology Department

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

Equipment Technician III
(Equipment Technician III, Specialized Equipment)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $5,600 - $6,250 per month 

Full CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,394 - $7,950 per month

  • This is a full-time (equivalent to 40 hours per week), probationary, non-exempt position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

The Equipment Technician serves as the primary technician for the wide-ranging equipment housed within the Biology Department. An important focus of this position is microscope maintenance for the teaching and research labs in the department. Working independently under general supervision, this person performs duties in consultation with the Chair and other technicians in the College of Science and Mathematics to maintain instructional research equipment.


Key Qualifications

  • Learn skills and demonstrate willingness to assume new responsibilities.
  • Work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and the general public from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to handle multiple work priorities.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Performs duties under all safety and environmental regulations, rules, policies, and guidelines.
  • Possess or be willing to learn computer skills, record keeping, communication and information gathering.
  • Possess or be willing to learn installation, maintenance, repair and operation of microscopes and other scientific instrumentation.
  • Possess or be willing to learn to troubleshoot instrument problems. The incumbent also will be expected to take the initiative to learn how to operate and repair unique, complex, and specialized devices.
  • Possess or be willing to learn to analyze equipment problems and determine what repairs are needed.
  • Possess or be willing to learn to install, repair, and maintain a wide variety of equipment.
  • Strong ethic and ability to work both independently and cooperatively.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of scientific or technical equipment:
    • Or equivalent to two (2) 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 (1) year of the required experience.
    • Or equivalent to two (2) years of trade school or technical arts training with specialization in the type of equipment repair to which assigned. Completion of an apprenticeship program or completion of a full military specialization in the required type of equipment maintenance and repair may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
  • Preferred Skills:
    • Knowledge of a diverse array of optical instruments.
    • The ability to diagnose and repair computer interfaces with biological instrumentation.
    • Maintenance of microscopes, PCR/qPCR machines, DNA sequencer, biosafety cabinets, water baths, mass spectrometers, fridges, freezers, incubators, shakers, etc.


Department Summary

The mission of the Department of Biology at California State University, Fresno is to prepare students for the future with broad training in biology at the undergraduate and graduate (Master's level). The Department focuses on innovative student-centered strategies, research-focused teaching, and faculty mentoring to advance student success. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, students work with faculty to carry out cutting edge research of relevance to Central California and beyond. Research and teaching programs are collaborative and integrative. To meet the needs of the diverse Central Valley population, the Department promotes science literacy, does outreach to the community, provides content expertise for science educators, and prepares science teachers.


Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by March 3, 2024 will be given full consideration by the search committee.

  • Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.  Questions may be sent to


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 California State University, Fresno. 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 Fresno State has identified 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.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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