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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 538J
Category: Science & Engineering


Lead assigned personnel and perform complex engineering technician work designing, developing, manufacturing, assembling, installing, calibrating, and repairing instruments, apparatus, and equipment within a scientific, instructional or engineering application.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Regularly assign, instruct, and check the work of others. Under general direction, perform complex engineering technician work as a senior-level engineering technician. Determine most suitable design to achieve desired research goals. Perform complex engineering technician work such as: independently designing complete systems, peripherals, data acquisition programs, or interfaces; estimating equipment needs for shop; developing and maintaining preventive maintenance programs.

Typical Work

Consults with engineers, scientists, faculty, or staff on the design and fabrication of various apparatus such as mechanical, agricultural, electro-mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or electronic apparatus; determine choice of materials, etc.; 

Following general description of functions from engineers or scientists, independently design complete systems, peripherals for existing systems, or modifications to existing equipment; design computer programs to control, acquire, store, and display data; design analog and/or digital interface(s); perform skilled and precision machine tool work constructing instruments and systems;  

Estimates equipment needs for shop; evaluate and recommend the purchase, fabrication and/or modification of equipment;  

Installs and test fabricated equipment for proper operation; adjust and calibrate; troubleshoot and repair equipment malfunction(s) to system, board, or component level, including using diagnostic software; prepare written documentation; 

Assist investigators or scientists in the design or setup of experiments and the acquisition of data;

Develops and maintains a preventive maintenance program; 

Determines work priorities, estimate material requirements, maintain inventories and evaluation of equipment needs; 

Performs 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 2


Five years of experience as an engineering technician 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 10-6-89
Revised new class code: (formerly 4749) effective July 1, 2007