The Division of Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for the Instrument Mechanic position within the Biology Service Facility (BSF). This is a non-exempt, full-time, staff position, market range 07.
The University and Region:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 30,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem surrounded by eight gorgeous lakes, with a beautiful and accessible downtown, a diverse music scene including internationally recognized festivals, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a strong offering of diverse cultural and outdoor activities. UTK is located within easy driving distance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville and Cincinnati. It is only a day's drive to Memphis, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people.
Division of Biology:
The Division of Biology houses three different departments: Microbiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology. The Division is home to over 1,000 faculty, staff, and students. These researchers are actively engaged in scientific exploration, including field studies throughout the world. BSF functions to actively support these endeavors.
As a support facility that falls within the Division of Biology, BSF is committed to excellence in the service and support of laboratory equipment utilized by our scientific community. Our primary goal is to support teaching and research by lowering equipment down time, minimizing repair costs, and providing service equal or superior to that of outside vendors. We seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a profound passion for working with and serving all students and faculty.
Reporting to the Technical Manager, the primary purpose of the position is to develop, modify, maintain and repair specialized scientific equipment for faculty, staff, and students involved in teaching and research at UT Knoxville, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Institute of Agriculture.
Diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair mechanical equipment which includes autoclaves, cage washers, surgery tables, vacuum pumps, hydraulic pumps, freeze dryers, and glassware washers for faculty, staff, and students.
Identify and perform preventative maintenance on equipment.
Rebuild hydraulic, pneumatic, and solenoid valves.
Troubleshoot and identify electrical component failures down to the board level. Diagnose, install, calibrate and program control panels. Diagnose and repair/replace power supplies.
Locate online manuals, electrical schematics or parts diagrams and correctly identify required replacement parts.
Assist in estimating materials, supplies, and labor hours for projects. Compile parts and materials orders for supervisor and departmental approval on projects.
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.