Position Classification Title: Balloon Tech Mechanic,Sr
Position Classification Code: R5057
Job Family: Instruct/Research/Pub Srvc
Pay Level: 07
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:
Supervises and performs highly skilled mechanical flight support for the scientific balloon program consisting of pre-flight, launch and recovery preparation and procedures. Responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of specialized equipment used in support of the launch and recovery tasks. Provides assistance from aircraft during flight and terminate operations of scientific payloads as assigned. Supervises and assists in ground recovery. Operates and maintains heavy equipment.
Standard Duties:
Assists payload pickup, equipment layout, gas computation and inspection of flight hardware prior to inflation. Assists and supervises in flight hardware fabrication, assembly and inspection. Supervises and assists in all aspects of ground recovery after impact of science. Contacts with land owners and secures proper equipment to complete recovery operations. Supports extended operations in remote locations. Responsible for logistics, packing, shipping of all equipment to remote locations. Assigns duties to prepare hardware and various equipment for remote locations. Operates launch vehicles during balloon launch operations. Designs, manufacture equipment from steel and aluminum. Weld and fabricate aluminum and steel for construction and support of scientific payloads.Reads blueprints and uses associated tools.Oversees the supervision of personnel which includes: work allocation, training, promotion and enforcement of internal procedures and controls and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
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- Five (5) 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.
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