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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES
POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION

Position Classification Title: Telescope Techn,Chief
Position Classification Code: R3043
Job Family: Instruct/Research/Pub Srvc
Pay Level: 12
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Responsible for the maintenance and operations of telescope facilities and for training, assignment and scheduling of facilities support personnel in operation of the facilities maintenance/support equipment. Develops and maintains operating procedures and maintenance schedules. Plans and coordinates maintenance work and supervises contractors. Contributes to upgrades of equipment and may lead troubleshooting exercises.
Standard Duties:
Supervise, direct, delegate, and evaluate work of assigned staff. Complete design, generate contracts for fabrication, and conduct installation and testing of various electro-, opto-, mechanical systems for complex ARC telescope systems, including interfaces to instrumentation. Perform preventive and corrective maintenance to systems, as necessary, and ensure safety and integrity. Monitor trends and correct anomalies.Perform troubleshooting and problem analysis. Provide engineering drawings, schematics, firmware, and operator instructions. Provide hands-on instruction to other observatory staff for telescope systems. Specify procedures, schedule, spare lists for maintenance and repair of telescope systems. Report activities and progress related to telescope systems engineering to Site Operations Manager. Advise on resolution related to conflicts of priority, schedule, and budget. Lead telescope and systems-related engineering activities during scheduled telescope maintenance shutdowns. Document and publish any engineering studies and advances in technology in professional journals. Specify, procure, maintain specialized mechanical, electronics, and optical test and maintenance equipment. Develop an annual plan and budget for telescope systems engineering activities and projects. Perform related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
University and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization and administration; mechanical design including material selection, adhesives, vacuum systems, structural analysis, digital controls, statistics, thermo dynamics, dynamics and machining; astronomical telescopes, including mechanical drive systems and control servos; optical coatings, general analog and digital electronics, thermal measurement; CAD mechanical design; cryogenics and vacuum systems; fiber optics; writing and organization of drawings and other system documents.
Short- and long-term range planning; problem analysis and resolution; public contact.
Direct, evaluate, train and supervise the work of assigned personnel; communicate effectively in written and oral form; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct several activities; analyze and evaluate information; ability to plan and organize projects; and prioritize work; respond to mechanical contingencies.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Bachelor's degree in a related field.
   Experience- Ten (10) years of experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined
   Equivalency- Any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services.
   Certifications/License-
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-