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San Diego Community College District
  • Position Number: 3653036
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Computing - Support and Training

Instructional Lab Technician / Machine Shop

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 12/15/2022

Position Number: 010292

Location: San Diego City College

Position Type: Classified

The Position:
Applications are currently being accepted for Instructional Lab Technician / Machine Shop in the Engineering Department, located at San Diego City College. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5:30 PM. Selected candidate must be willing to adjust work days/hours based on the department's needs.

DEFINITION Under the direction of an instructor or assigned supervisor or manager, assist, and support the instructional program; perform complex technical work in machine shop laboratories; perform clerical and technical work in support of the instructional program and prepare instructional materials as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS The Instructional Lab Technician class is distinguished from the Instructional Assistant class in that positions assigned to the class of Instructional Lab Technician oversee a complex instructional laboratory for an academic or vocational area and must possess extensive technical or academic training and experience in the field of specialty. Under the direction of an administrator or specified faculty member, incumbents work independently and provide work direction and training to Instructional Assistants and/or student assistants.

  1. Oversee the operation and maintenance of an instructional laboratory environment; setup, operate, and maintain laboratory, classrooms, lab equipment, machinery, and tools.
  2. Assist students in the completion of assignments related to machine shop or welding. Tutor students individually or in small groups. Reinforce or follow up on instructions provided by the instructor. Provide relevant information to instructors regarding student progress.
  3. Assist faculty, students, and staff in the proper use and operation of equipment, machinery, materials, and tools. Assist students in the proper selection, operation, and care of instructional materials and equipment. Explain concepts, principles, and terminologies to students; and provide information to students, instructors, and others. Operate a variety of equipment related to the instructional laboratory.
  4. Control the circulation of instructional supplies, materials, tools, and equipment to students and instructors; check items in and out, maintain appropriate records and inventories.
  5. Order, receive, catalog, and store supplies, tools, equipment, materials, and related components; maintain appropriate records and local inventory control for equipment and materials. Provide technical assistance in the preparation of specifications for equipment and material purchases; recommend selection of equipment as requested. Schedule repairs of all lab equipment according to approved procedures.
  6. Make minor repairs on equipment; check, repair, and replace worn, loose, broken, or damaged parts and electrical connections. Test, adjust, and maintain equipment; make visual and operational checks of equipment to ensure it is functioning properly. Assure proper storage and handling of equipment. Trouble- shoot faulty operation of equipment.
  7. Prepare materials for demonstrations by instructors or for use by students; maintain records of materials and equipment loaned out to students. Perform clerical duties, such as answering telephones, taking messages, opening and routing mail, scheduling appointments, collecting fees, scoring and recording student assignments, preparing reports, and maintaining records and files.
  8. Maintain instructional areas, laboratory, storeroom and materials, and technical areas in a safe, secure, clean, and orderly condition. Ensure that students observe appropriate safety procedures.
  9. Provide information to students, instructors, and others as requested; ensure that students observe appropriate safety procedures.Assist in preparing, administering, scoring, and recording student tests; provide relevant information to instructors regarding student progress.
  10. Repair and maintain instructional materials, supplies, and equipment. Schedule repairs and maintenance for all lab equipment according to approved procedures.
  11. Provide training and work direction to student aides and hourly assistants.
  12. Perform related duties as assigned.

Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the option of the Chancellor.

Major Responsibilities:


Desired Qualifications:

  • Setup, operation and programming of modern CNC mill and lathes. Preferably Haas, Fadal and Tormach.
  • Modern additive manufacturing/3D printing
  • Usage of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Preferably Master-cam V2018 and newer.
  • Basic knowledge of blueprint reading and geometric tolerancing; shop math, and tool geometry, safety, machinist handbook, and speeds and feeds.
  • District organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • General needs and behavior of students of various ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. Instructional methods and techniques.
  • Operation, maintenance, uses, and characteristics of a wide variety of equipment used in instructional labs and learning centers for machine shop and welding.
  • Oral and written communications skills.
  • Principles and practices of work direction and training.
  • Programming languages and familiarity with Assembly language and an Editor. Record-keeping techniques.
  • Safety regulations involving area of specialty.
  • Technical aspects of maintaining machine tools and tool crib.

Skills and Abilities:
  • Advise students in the proper operation and use of lathe and attachments, milling machines, surface grinders, drill presses and bench grinders, and use of basic hand tools and measuring tools. Assemble, maintain, and repair laboratory equipment.
  • Assist students in understanding and applying basic principles of a machine shop and welding. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Complete precise and detailed work.
  • Demonstrate competence in the field of machine shop and welding.
  • Ensure the care and security of assigned equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Explain work assignments to students.
  • Follow set standards and procedures and make decisions based on facts and test results. Issue and receive equipment and supplies.
  • Learn and apply techniques of precise measurement and notation.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Make simple arithmetic calculations.
  • Make visual comparisons to check for accuracy
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Provide orientation to instructors, staff, and students in the operation of equipment related to
  • welding and machine shop.
  • Read drawings and blueprints.
  • Relate effectively with people from varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Train and provide work direction to others.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Work independently with little direction.

Training and Experience:
  • Any combination of training and experience equivalent to: satisfactory completion of 15 semester units of courses related to machine shop and at least two years of successful work experience in the field of specialty. Experience in an instructional setting is desirable.


Pay Information:
Range 23 ($3,906.94- $6,236.37) per month based on the current Classified salary schedule. New employees will begin on Step A ($3,906.94), Step B ($4,102.29) with 18 months of verified, paid, full-time equivalent related job experience or up to Step C ($4,307.40) with 36 months of verified, paid, full-time equivalent related job experience. For purposes of salary placement, 7.5 semester units (or equivalent quarter units) of directly related coursework from a regularly accredited institution will be equivalent to one (1) year of job experience. Promoted or transferred employees will be placed as specified in the CBA. This position is FLSA Non-exempt (may accrue overtime). Excellent Benefits are provided to all Contract employees with assignments greater than, or equal to, 50% (0.50 FTE) and all eligible dependents. A temporary probationary period will apply to the employee entering this assignment. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements/handbooks and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

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All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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