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Equipment Technician I, Mechanical

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Trades, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the School Director, the Equipment Technician will perform preventive maintenance, repair, assembly or fabrication, and installation of the School’s equipment in specialized facilities that support creative practice in ceramics, furniture design and woodworking, jewelry and metalwork, book arts and printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, interior architecture, and multimedia. The Equipment Technician will collaborate with members of the School on the proper use of tools, equipment, and materials; inventory, order, pick-up, and stock supplies and equipment parts; and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment.

The Equipment Technician will serve as the School’s exhibition preparator and provide construction and installation support for the University Art Gallery and three student galleries. The Equipment Technician will possess the expertise necessary to manage the Gallery Program’s publication assets, including books, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, and graduate student theses.

The Equipment Technician will support the School’s growth in the use of 3D modeling (CAD) and digital fabrication (CNC/CAM). In addition, the incumbent will train and supervise student workers on general repair and maintenance projects and inventory management.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

The School of Art and Design in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts is a creative learning community in which students develop their practice as artists, designers, and art historians who work in and across media while enhancing their visual, material, and conceptual thinking. Located on the Pacific Rim and at the border with Mexico, the School is dedicated to the integration of art, design, and community building in alignment with the School’s commitments to social / environmental justice and innovative entrepreneurship. Through both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning, we support students to innovate solutions, express ideas, imagine possibilities, and interpret the world through historical, cultural, and global contexts.

The School of Art and Design believes representation matters. Through our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, led by a collaborative team of students, faculty, and staff, we endeavor to create a safe, inclusive, and diverse academic and creative environment where students of all cultures, races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations can learn and create. We work to promote diverse communities and new cultural experiences that inspire students to break down barriers and transform lives, and with our guidance and support, help them navigate academic, personal, and professional success to emerge as dynamic artists and designers of tomorrow.

In addition to sixteen tenured/tenure track faculty members, the School employs approximately 70 lecturers and graduate teaching associates to serve over 1,100 majors and 20 graduate students. The Director leads the School with the support of eight full-time staff positions and one part-time Programs and Financial Coordinator. The full-time positions include two Equipment Technicians, one Administrative Analyst/Specialist, three Administrative Support Coordinator II positions, one Instructional Support Technician, and one Information Technology Consultant.

For more information regarding the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, click here.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to one year of journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair and operation of scientific or technical equipment in the specialty area to which assigned such as mechanical, electromechanical, electronics or in the specialized category requiring construction and fabrication skills and some precision work, trade or craft skills working with a variety of unique materials, or specialized knowledge and skill related to unusual equipment. 


Equivalent to two 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 the required experience. 


Equivalent to two 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 the required experience.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience troubleshooting and performing basic repairs on equipment and tools.
  • Experience working with 3D modeling printers and Computer Numerical Control (CNC/Computer-aided (CAM) manufacturing systems.

Licenses/Certifications Required

  • California Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 10 days of hire.
  • Personnel lift and forklift (training will be provided).

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,442 per month

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,658 - $6,620 per month. 

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on March 8, 2024.  To receive full consideration, apply by March 7, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

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. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Tina Deesen at

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