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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES
POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION

Position Classification Title: Balloon Tech Mechanic,Inter
Position Classification Code: R5056
Job Family: Instruct/Research/Pub Srvc
Pay Level: 06
Exempt Status: Non-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:
Fabricates, installs and tests mechanical units, systems, subsystems or models from specific drawings and schematic diagrams. Operates standard test equipment and instruments and record data. Performs preventative maintenance on light vehicles and equipment, document and file records. Operates applicable equipment and perform functions to assist with the launch and recovery of scientific payloads and balloons. Supports operations in the field which could require travel to remote locations.
Standard Duties:
Responsible for inspecting, testing, fabrication, and repair of launch equipment large and small. Repairs and maintains launch vehicles, calibrates and tests electronic ballast releasing valves; tests and repairs parachutes and constructs crush pads. Responsible for working with others providing technical support during pre-flight preparation. Responsible for working as part of a team during balloon launch and payload recovery phases. When balloon is terminated assists in locating & recovering balloon, parachute and science payload. Responsible for participating in scientific payload and balloon recovery. Travels to remote sites and recover very expensive, large, heavy payloads and balloons using heavy equipment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of methods and techniques involved with assembly and testing of mechanical hardware; basic mechanical theory and application
Skill in the use of hand and power tools, industrial sewing machine desired; use of mechanical test equipment, i.e. pressure gauges, load cells, and scales.
Ability to perform and document preventative maintenance on light equipment; acquire Class A License with HazMat Endorsements.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Associate's degree in a related field.
   Experience- Three (3) years of experience 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-