AESES - Technician 6

Technician 6
Revision Date:
August 2005

Classification: Technician 6
Hay Point Range: 400 - 480


General direction is received from a senior technician, academic staff member, department head or director. Positions at this level are often responsible for recommending the selection of junior technical positions, training and supervising them and participating in their performance evaluation. While some positions implement research projects, others implement construction projects. Some produce creative and artistic programs using a variety of media, while others design, develop, acquire and maintain a variety of equipment. Administratively, they coordinate expenditures to keep within a prescribed budget.

These positions make a direct contribution to independent research and professional publications and frequently involve acting as demonstrators and lab instructors, as well as advising and training graduate students.

Incumbents are expected to perform any duties performed by Technician 1s - 5s as required to support the activities of the unit.


Duties and Responsibilities that apply generally include:

  • Is responsible for the operation of a complex service or function within a unit.
  • Administers department laboratories or workshops, including managing budget allocations.
  • Is responsible for the operation and maintenance of specialized equipment that requires extensive theoretical and/or practical knowledge. Instructs staff and students in its use and operation. Interprets data using manual and automated means.
  • Selects, orders and maintains large and complex inventories of equipment and supplies.
  • Participates in developing and refining new procedures and in establishing and maintaining quality control standards.
  • Designs and evaluates programs used for teaching or research purposes or for public presentations.
  • Lectures to students in classroom situations or laboratory tutorials.
  • Prepares administrative and technical reports.
  • Provides advice and guidance to academics, graduate students, post‑doctoral fellows and technical subordinates on technical and practical matters.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities that involve Fine Arts include:

  • Responsible for the design and construction of buildings, grounds and utilities pertaining to University property, including engineering design and drafting, cost estimations and feasibility studies.

Duties and Responsibilities that involve Mechanical and Industrial Arts include:

  • Under production and technical goals for a unit, gathers information, conducts comparative tests and recommends equipment for purchase. Translates client's goals and needs in teaching, research and business applications into equipment, systems, etc.
  • Determines standards and practices for an area. Designs and develops or acquires complex equipment and/or systems using a wide variety of skills and comprehensive theoretical knowledge.

Duties and Responsibilities that involve Research include:

  • Conducts experiments and interprets results.
  • Co‑authors or authors research publications, including preparation and presentation.
  • Is responsible for keeping abreast of developments in the general area of expertise.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • PhD in related study area with three years = directly-related experience.
    - or -
  • Masters degree in related study area with five years = directly-related experience.
    - or -
  • Bachelors degree in related study area with seven years = related experience.


An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to conduct research independently.
  • Ability to plan, organize and administer projects.
  • Must be able to work within time and budget constraints.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new techniques.
  • Ability to keep abreast of developments in the areas of expertise is required.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team is essential.
  • Ability to train and to supervise the work of staff and students.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential.

Physical Requirements

  • Good manual dexterity and eyesight required.
  • No allergies to animals, plants or plant products or job‑related materials.
  • Physically capable of performing the duties as assigned, which may include mobility and/or moderate to heavy lifting.

Other Job-related Qualifications

  • Some positions require incumbent to possess philosophy compatible with animal-based research.
  • Knowledge of WHMIS and radioactive/hazardous materials protocols and regulations.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.