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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 538K
Category: Science & Engineering


Supervise assigned personnel involved in the design, development and fabrication of various mechanical, electro-mechanical, agricultural, hydraulic, pneumatic, or electronic instruments, apparatus, or equipment. Provide technical support to professional and technical personnel within an engineering, scientific, or instructional application.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, with delegated authority, interview and recommend selection of applicants, conduct training, assign and schedule work, act upon leave requests, conduct annual performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary actions. 

Provide technical support to professional and technical personnel within an engineering, scientific, or instructional application such as receiving work requests and reviewing drawings and schematics; consulting with engineers, faculty and staff on the design and fabrication of general and specialized instruments, apparatus and equipment; determining or recommending the choice of materials for use in fabrication; developing and implementing preventive maintenance programs;

Typical Work

Receive work requests and review drawings and schematics; consult with professional and technical personnel on design concept, equipment requirements, equipment limitations, feasibility of fabrication and safety features of equipment in use or under construction; design, determine and/or recommend choice of materials, components, etc.; 

Establish work schedules, instruct and direct difficult work operations, inspect work in progress and assure that standards of quality required by the work are met; provide technical instruction and guidance on repair procedures; 

Order (or direct the ordering of) materials and tools, maintain inventory of supplies to support assigned facilities; 

Develop and direct preventive maintenance program on instruments, tools, and specialized equipment under use; 

Maintain records and write reports as required; 

Assist in or make arrangements for vendor services; 

Assist in formulating and enforcing safety rules and cleanliness in accordance with area requirements; 

Investigate commercial practices and projects to improve operations;  

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

One year of experience as an Engineering Technician III or Lead 


Six years of experience as an engineering technician OR equivalent education/experience. 

Class Specification History

New Class: 10-6-89
New class code, formerly 4756, effective July 1, 2007.