Junior Engineering Technician
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Job Posting

Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:
Non Union Engineerg Technical

Classification Title:
Engineering Technician 2

Business Title:
Junior Engineering Technician

Faculty of Science

Quantum Matter Institute

Salary Range:
$42,595.00 (minimum) - $46,822.00 (midpoint) - $51,043.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:

Job End Date:Possibility of Extension:

Funding Type:
Grant Funded

Closing Date:

Available Openings:

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary
The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC (SBQMI) is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena explicitly involving quantum mechanics. One of its core areas of strength is research into various condensed matter systems which employs sophisticated Ultra High Vacuum systems.

Under the direction of SBQMI's Operations Manager, the Junior Engineering Technician will help with maintaining and constructing HV or UHV equipment and general building infrastructure required to conduct experiments. The technician will also be responsible for building, testing, troubleshooting and installing electrical systems that are required for monitoring and automating HV and UHV related equipment. This includes working with SBQMI students in building and assembling infrastructure, and assisting them in achieving a thorough understanding of their experiments at a technical level.
Organizational Status
Reports directly to the Operations Manager. The Technician also provides support to other SBQMI Principal Investigators and Researchers as requested.
Work Performed
  • Perform routine maintenance and repair of building research infrastructure and mechanical or electromechanical equipment under general supervision in a safe manner
  • Perform tasks such as soldering of copper and brass parts, as well as TIG welding of stainless steel parts
  • Maintain detailed documentation of completed projects/tasks, service records and upgrades of equipment or systems
  • Assist or perform tasks such as cleaning and moving supplies and equipment
  • Maintain a clean and safe working area, adhere to all safety procedures and rules
  • Work closely and effectively with research groups and other members of the SBQMI community
  • Other tasks as requested
Electrical and electronics duties under supervision
  • Manual assembly of electronic components, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controls and sub-assemblies
  • Read and interpret schematics, drawings, wiring diagrams, bill of materials
  • Electronic circuit troubleshooting
  • Hand soldering, inspection of thru-hole components on PCB
  • Perform electrical testing of electronic components, parts and systems
Electro-mechanical duties under supervision
  • Use of CAD software to design mechanical components and systems
  • Assembly, installation, service and repair of UHV components and systems
  • Build and assemble pneumatic circuits, sub-assemblies or manifolds
  • Build and assemble laboratory infrastructure such as water and gas manifolds.
  • Clean and assemble UHV vacuum systems including pumps, valves, gauges, detectors and sensors
  • Test, troubleshoot, repair and replace electrical systems, discrete devices, motors, frequency drives and logic control components and devices
  • Support maintenance and upgrade of HV and UHV systems
  • Help with solving design and assembly problems and develop and improve assembly techniques and documentation
Supervision Received
Work is performed under general supervision with specific instructions provided, but requires some initiative and judgment from the Technician. Routine assignments are performed independently. Receives detailed instructions on new duties or problems. Complex assignments are subject to check and supervision.
Supervision Given
None, but may provide guidance, instruction and coaching to students, researchers, and other users of the equipment, as required.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Poor decisions or errors in judgement may result in unreliable results in experiments and research, experiments being postponed or cancelled, damage to property or unsafe working conditions. The Technician is expected to consult with a supervisor when necessary.
Graduation from a technical college or institute. Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. At least one year of experience preferred on repairing/maintaining mechanical or electro-mechanical equipment.
Experience assembling and testing electronic equipment.
Vacuum related experience is an asset but not essential. - Some understanding of electrical/electronic schematics and mechanical drawings preferred
  • Working knowledge in safe use of power tools and hand tools
  • Knowledge in use of computer programs such as MS Word and Excel
  • Basic knowledge in Computer Aided Design (CAD) design is a plus
  • Good verbal, writing and communication skills
  • High mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to work in a team environment and follow directions
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills and technologies
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.