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Piano Technician II

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Theatre Arts

Position Summary

The School is unique among other departments and schools at San Diego State University because of the wide range of music curricula offered (2 undergraduate degrees with 7 specializations, 2 master's degrees with 7 specializations and 4 minors, as well as the Performer's Certificate and the Artist Diploma). Dance offers BFA and BA degrees and a minor. The office staff serves approximately 300 undergraduate music majors, 30 graduate music majors, and 85 undergraduate dance majors and minors. The School sponsors approximately 250 concerts and events throughout the year as part of the curriculum and for the community at large.

The Piano Technician II is responsible for technical and maintenance support for the School of Music and Dance’s keyboard instruments. The Piano Technician II will have primary responsibility for tuning, maintenance, repair, rebuild, inspection, and inventory of these instruments. There are 56 acoustic pianos (37 grands and 19 uprights), 65 electronic keyboards, 6 harpsichords, 2 celesta, and 1 portative organ in use by the School of Music and Dance.

The scope of work ranges from tuning to complete overhaul and rebuilding of pianos and similar instruments, including electric/electronic pianos: restring; replace or reshape hammers; replace, repair, or make parts for actions; replace or adjust dampers; remount or make bridges; repair loose or cracked soundboards; repair damage to keyboards, cases, etc.; minor refinishing; repair benches; and other similar tasks.

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This is a full-time 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.

Education and Experience

Two years of experience in tuning and repairing pianos, harpsichords, and related instruments; as well as two years of experience in overhauling and rebuilding pianos. 

Completion of a formal training program which provides the individual with the knowledge and abilities required of the position may be substituted for the two years of general tuning and repairing experience. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with record-keeping, maintenance scheduling, ordering parts, typing, etc., are useful for completion of tasks but not mandatory for application.

Specialized Skills 

Piano technician will be required to make estimates of time and money required for maintenance, recommend priorities, and make work decisions concerning methods, etc. Piano technician will also have to exercise judgment in last minute alterations of schedules in order to ensure that “emergencies” do not prevent completion of School academic and/or artistic activities.

Additionally, individual must have sight corrected to 20/20 in at least one eye; hearing sufficient to distinguish between pitches in conditions of varying background noise levels); physical capability to assist in movement of pianos, climb and descend stairs; ability to work safely with hand and power tools. 

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $5,067 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. 

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CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,244 - $5,869 per month.

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy 

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus.  Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine.  Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.  

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on October 4, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by October 3, 2022. 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 before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Olma Javonillo at


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