Position Classification Title: Balloon Tech Mechanic,Assc
Position Classification Code: R5055
Job Family: Instruct/Research/Pub Srvc
Pay Level: 05
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:
Under direct supervision, performs basic and routine work in the areas of fabrication, installation and testing of mechanical systems or sub-systems. Assists senior technicians or engineers in the rigging functions to support the launch of scientific balloons and payloads.
Standard Duties:
Assists in the fabrication, installation and testing of mechanical units, systems, sub-systems or models from specific drawings and schematic diagrams. Operates standard test equipment and instruments. Records data. Performs preventative maintenance on light vehicles and equipment, documents and files records for same. Operates applicable equipment and performs functions to assist with the launch and recovery of scientific payloads and balloons. Supports field operations which could require travel for periods up to eight weeks or more several times a year both in the United States and overseas.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge/experience with stick and heli-arc welding desired. Knowledge/experience with forklift and heavy equipment operation desired. Knowledge of methods and techniques involved with assembly and testing of mechanical hardware. Knowledge of basic mechanical theory and application.
Skill in the use of hand and power tools, especially industrial sewing machine desired. Skill in the use of mechanical test equipment, i.e. pressure gauges, load cells, and scales.
Ability to perform and document preventative maintenance on light equipment. Ability to perform strenuous physical activities, i.e. recurrent walking, bending, climbing and lifting 50 pounds or more. Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to establish working relations with associates.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- High School diploma or GED certificate.
   Experience- Two (2) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- Completion of a post-secondary degree or certificate may substitute for years of experience.
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