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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, Custodial/Facilities, Probationary, Full Time, Safety, Theatre Arts, Trades

Position 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.

Under the general supervision of the School Director, the Equipment Technician will serve as the School of Art and Design’s safety monitor and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) liaison. These roles entail oversight of the School’s safety forms, information gathering for Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) compliance reports, and support of faculty and staff to develop and enforce safety procedures. The incumbent will cooperate with EH&S regarding general safety practices, such as procedures for hazardous waste disposal and chemical spill treatment. The Equipment Technician will perform preventive maintenance and repairs on the School’s equipment and facilities; collaborate with members of the School on the safe use of equipment; inventory, order, pick-up, and stock supplies and equipment parts; fabricate and install equipment as necessary; coordinate key and swipe card access; and provide construction and exhibition installation support for the School’s galleries. The incumbent also will train and provide lead direction to student workers on general repair and maintenance projects. The Equipment Technician will possess the expertise necessary to maintain the School’s digital assets and support the School’s growth in the use of 3D modeling (CAD) and digital fabrication (CNC/CAM).

For more information regarding the School of Art and Design, click here.

Full-time, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation.  Work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. but may vary based on institutional needs.

This position is physically located at the SDSU Main Campus in San Diego.

 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.

Preferred 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
  •  Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design or related field
  •  Experience working in higher education or public sector setting

Licenses and/or Certifications Required

California Driver’s License

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $3,841 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. 

SDSU 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 5, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by October 4, 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 continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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

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 Rachael Stalmann at

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