Production Technician

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2023


PSD Engineering and Technical Support Group

About the Department

The Engineering and Technical Support Group (ETSG) provides engineering and technical support to University research groups and assists the University’s educational mission by enabling technical learning opportunities for students.

Job Summary

This position supports the research and teaching missions of the Physical Sciences Division at The University of Chicago by providing dedicated staffing to produce anode plane assemblies (APAs) for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). The DUNE APA Production Technician performs common tasks under supervision and assists faculty and senior staff with more complex tasks.

This position has an anticipated start date of June 2023 and is expected to last approximately 3 years. This position may be extended depending on project or grant funding.


  • Works under the direction of the DUNE APA Production Engineer and DUNE APA Production Manager.

  • Under close supervision, provides technical support in the development, analysis, and maintenance of engineering processes, products, or equipment.

  • Works within defined processes to interpret engineering and product documentation, such as change orders, blueprints, diagrams, sketches, and photographs.

  • Assembles, tests, and repairs electronic and production equipment, machinery, systems, and units.

  • Constructs new apparatus.

  • Operates and maintains specialized electromechanical equipment.

  • Records technical information on travelers and other quality control documents.

  • Ensures requisite quality of constructed apparatus.

  • Works closely with other University staff (e.g. safety, facilities, IT) as needed.

  • Works safely and in accordance with University safety policies.

  • Establishes and maintains respectful and professional working relationships within a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students at the University, as well as with business partners and collaborating research groups around the world.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analysis of data and with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Complies with institution, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Associate degree in engineering technology, or related area, or equivalent level of experience in these areas.


  • Experience participating in the assembly, installation, maintenance, and/or repair of electromechanical systems.

  • Experience working with scientific apparatus.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Ability to read documentation including mechanical drawings, electrical schematics, and technical procedures.

  • Working knowledge of machine design and common electromechanical components.

  • Ability to use common mechanics hand tools properly and safely.

  • Excellent electronic soldering skills.

Preferred Competencies

  • Broad, adaptable technical skill set.

  • Demonstrated aptitude for mechanical and electromechanical assembly and testing.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Ability to use material moving equipment (overhead crane, forklift, etc.) properly and safely.

  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes in workflow and procedures.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to work productively and respectfully with a diverse workforce.

Working Conditions

  • Office setting – 10%.

  • Laboratory setting – 90%.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

  • References (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family


Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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