Astronomical Instrumentation Spec.

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Purpose of Classification:

Installs, maintains and repairs astronomy research instrumentation and assists astronomers in using the equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Astronomical Instrumentation Specialist, Senior in that incumbents do not have overall responsibility for coordinating and overseeing the completion of projects. Incumbents are required to travel to a remote location and work at elevations of up to 8,500 feet.

Example of Duties:

  • Configures astronomic instruments, checks for proper functioning of instrument and mounts the instrument on the telescope.
  • Participates in instrument improvements in accordance with a specific plan, while working within the individual project budget.
  • Coordinates with scientist to ascertain whether instruments meet the requirements for astronomical research programs.
  • Recommends improvements to instrumentation.
  • Plans, creates and participates in the analyses of astronomical instrumentation problems and utilizes sound engineering principles to assist in the solution of the problems; diagnosis and repairs parts of the instrument which are malfunctioning.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles of physics and related practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of astronomical research problem solving techniques and applications.
  • Knowledge of astronomical instrumentation and related engineering equipment.
  • Skill in engineering design applications.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics or related field; OR,
  • Four years of astronomical instrumentation experience; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
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