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Electronics Technologist, Structures, Materials, Fatigue & Concrete

Date: February 17, 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Technical Resources Manager
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering


E3 2141B



Primary Purpose

Reporting to the Technical Resources Manager and under the academic direction of the Faculty Lab Coordinator, the Electronics Technologist is responsible for the electronic equipment in the Structures, Materials, Fatigue & Concrete Laboratories that encompass undergraduate, graduate and faculty research and teaching.  The Electronics Technologist will assist in the planning, implementation and management of the data acquisition systems and servo hydraulic controllers.  The areas of research and the types of electronics used are continuously evolving and changing to keep pace with technology and institutional requirements.  The Electronics Technologist is expected to be responsive to these changing needs.  Responsibility for the electronic equipment includes, electronic design, sourcing, programming application software, fabrication, troubleshooting and maintenance of complex digital and analogue electronic testing equipment.  The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is one of six departments in the Faculty of Engineering and one of the largest and most well-respected civil and environmental engineering departments in Canada.  It offers undergraduate degree programs leading to a BASc in civil, environmental and geological engineering, graduate thesis-based programs (MASc and PhD) and a practical MEng program.  The department’s 830 undergraduate and 190 graduate students are supported by 44 faculty, 8 administrative staff, 12 technical staff and 16 research staff.   

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Develop and demonstrate advanced operation of PID servo-hydraulic digital controllers which involve a PC based software controller interface, look after maintenance, trouble-shooting and calibration



2.  Supervise, instruct and assist undergraduate and graduate students in the use of specialized testing equipment within the Structures, Materials, Fatigue & Concrete Laboratories




3.  Independently and efficiently perform test measurements using sophisticated instrumentation, including: voltage transducers (e.g., strain gauges, LVDT’s, string pots, DCDTs),  data acquisition hardware systems, LabVIEW™ programming, calibrations and setup

Position Requirements


Minimum three-year technologist diploma


Several years’ experience in a research or related industrial setting


Experience in programming and configuring test instrumentation and data acquisition systems , servo hydraulics,  destructive and fatigue testing


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Basic Advanced Basic LabVIEW advanced

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally works with staff colleagues, faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate); must have excellent communication skills (oral and written), be organized and possess excellent problem solving skills

Level of Responsibility:

Works with a team of other technicians/technologists under the direction of the Faculty Lab Coordinator; the job has specialized work with minimal supervision

Decision-Making Authority:

Minimal; within sphere of expertise

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Majority of time is spent working in the various laboratories with occasional need to sit in a comfortable position in an office carrying out administrative tasks; there is frequent need to give close attention to various stimuli such as written material, online material and information discussed with co-workers, faculty and students 

Working Environment:

Working outside of normal hours might be occasionally required to deal with emergencies, maintenance, or extended run experiments