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BELS Teaching Lab Junior Engineer

  2024-06-06     University of California Santa Cruz     Santa Cruz  

BELS Teaching Lab Junior Engineer

Location: Santa Cruz

Job ID: 68962



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The IRD for this job is: 06-03-2024


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


Originally founded in 1997, the Baskin School of Engineering is the first professional school at UC Santa Cruz. Over the past 20 years, Baskin Engineering has become a unique 21st-century school of engineering and technology, characterized by evolutionary growth fueled by ongoing research opportunities that open new areas of intellectual inquiry. Baskin Engineering has grown to include six academic departments, various research centers, and institutes, and it has ambitious plans for further programmatic growth. The focus of Baskin Engineering's educational programming is to instill strong basic knowledge for sound practice in science and ethical engineering for the well-being of society, and its diverse curricula facilitate creative thinking and prepare students for productive and rewarding careers. Baskin Engineering is focused on building collaborative connections and expanding instruction and research activities for faculty and students at UC Santa Cruz, both at its Santa Cruz campus and at its campus in Silicon Valley, the international center of technological innovation.

We champion new ideas and uphold the


The Baskin Engineering Lab Support (BELS) group operates and supports all specialized teaching labs in the Baskin School of Engineering. BELS provides hardware engineering, embedded software engineering, and technical support services specifically related to instruction for Baskin Engineering. BELS schedules services and operates the specialized undergraduate engineering teaching labs including a small fabrication space at Baskin Engineering. BELS instructional labs are primarily located in the Baskin Engineering and Engineering 2 buildings, but at times, BELS supports instruction at other main campus buildings and off-campus locations, such as 2300 Delaware Westside Research Park (WRP). BELS also provides technical advice, design, fabrication, poster printing, 3D printing services, and equipment rentals to undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, and faculty, sometimes via recharge or miscellaneous fee reimbursement. BELS operates the Baskin Engineering receiving services and provides support for audio-visual equipment in the Baskin Engineering events center rooms and partners with ITS Local IT Specialists (Baskin Engineering LITS) on supporting computing and conference room audio-visual equipment support.

This position is pivotal in facilitating more than 20 lab courses from multiple departments across numerous instructional spaces, directly impacting hundreds of students on multiple levels. For example, this position manages specialized equipment and software essential for instructional purposes. These tools are crucial for hands-on learning and practical application of theoretical concepts, enhancing the quality of education provided by Baskin Engineering.


Budgeted Salary: $35.11 - $40.66/hour. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

• Full-time, Fixed

• Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week

• Days of the Week: Mon-Fri

• Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 007118 (RSCH AND DEV ENGR 1)

Travel: Never or Rarely


40% - Instructional Lab Support

• Under direct supervision, source and acquire lab supplies, assemble technical kits for engineering courses, and distribute course supplies to students.

• Reconcile equipment checkouts.

• Respond to requests, maintain supplies, and conduct maintenance on specialized systems such as poster printers, 3D printers, laser cutters, circuit board milling/routing machines, and other systems yet to be determined. Learn these systems thoroughly and develop procedures to maintain systems and respond to requests.

• Move and secure equipment as needed, including fabricating and installing physical security devices such as cables and padlocks.

• Verify operation and troubleshoot multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, and other test equipment.

• Provide basic-level training on the use of multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, and other test equipment to teaching assistants and undergraduate students.

• Provide AutoCAD and SolidWorks drawing capabilities for UCSC projects.

• Provide training to students on the safe use of fabrication lab equipment such as laser cutters, drill press, and various hand and power tools.

• Advise and provide design/fabrication services to research labs via recharge reimbursement as time permits.

20% - Computer Support for Lb Workstations

• Install and run updates for specialized lab software.

• Create master images for lab computers and distribute them accordingly.

• Troubleshoot software and hardware issues with lab computers.

20% - AV Support for Baskin Engineering Events Spaces

• Operate and troubleshoot installed AV systems.

• Provide all necessary support to users of Baskin Engineering event spaces on the operation of installed AV systems.

20% - Electronics Stockroom, Poster Printing, and Receiving Backup

• Maintain and update electronic stockroom stock and inventory.

• Assist students and faculty with sourcing materials from the stockroom and suppliers.

• Operate the poster printing service and update process instructions for poster printing.

• Assist Baskin Engineering receiving personnel with receiving and shipping of materials. At times, this means filling in for the Baskin Engineering receiving clerk when they are absent.


• Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

• Basic knowledge of engineering principles and methods to perform entry-level professional engineering functions.

• Analytical skills, and strong skills in attention to detail.

• Effective verbal communication skills.

• Effective written communication skills.

• Analytical and judgment skills to conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

• Ability to work in a collaborative manner.

• Experienced in operating lab benchtop test and measurement equipment, including multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, powers supplies, etc.

• Ability to solder circuit boards and components.

• Demonstrated proficiency in writing computer programs in at least one major computer programming language such as Java, C, C++, C#, or Python.


• Experience installing, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting, and remediating issues on Windows systems.

• Ability to solder surface mount components.

• Experience using 2D and/or 3D CAD software.

• Experience programming microcontrollers and/or System on a Chip devices.

• Experience operating, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining various AV hardware.


• Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

• Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.

• The selected candidate will be required to work all scheduled hours on-site.

• Ability to work a variable schedule.

• Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as directed.

• Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.

• Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.

• The University of California has implemented a covering all employees. Employees, including new hires, are required to comply with any applicable policies relating to the University of California vaccine program.

• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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