Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
Ithaca, New York
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES) links Cornell's world-class research farms and plant growth facilities with one of the nation's most comprehensive statewide cooperative extension systems. Through this engaged, interactive system we address pressing issues that directly affect the health and welfare of the state, and beyond. The station has influence over 14,000 acres of farms and forests and more than a dozen research farms, facilities and greenhouses, providing critical research services to scientists. Hundreds of research projects are housed in the 127,000 square feet of greenhouse space.
Assist the Growth Chamber Supervisor with the scheduling, operation, repair, and maintenance of 130+ environmental plant growth chambers and their related electrical, lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, humidification, dehumidification, carbon dioxide enrichment/depletion and computerized control systems. Troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair these controlled environmental chambers for precision agricultural studies.
Maintain equipment on a routine basis to extend its operational life. Service and maintain equipment using metalworking, plumbing, electrical and electronics tools and techniques. Analyze problems and devise appropriate solutions. Manage an extensive parts inventory.
Engage appropriate additional service providers as needed. Some chambers are new, while others are over 50 years old; familiarity with a range of chamber technologies, troubleshooting techniques and creative problem solving is required. Actively search out potential problem situations and make proactive changes/adjustments in consultation with the supervisor.
Work collaboratively and creatively as part of a team that includes other growth chamber technicians, a growth chamber supervisor, a greenhouse supervisor, and other internal and external parties on special projects Implement and promote sustainable energy efficiency improvements. Occasionally interact with faculty and other plant growth facility users, including instruction on chamber functioning and operation.
This position is full-time (39 hours / week) and is located in Ithaca, New York.
Associate's degree or the equivalent in either refrigeration/air conditioning or in the electrical/electronics field and 2+ years experience working in the air conditioning/refrigeration field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must have 2+ years combined experience working in the air conditioning/refrigeration and/or electrical/electronic or controls fields.
Must have a thorough understanding of both areas, as applicable to environmental growth chambers.
Must possess, or obtain within one year from start date, and maintain, a Class I or Class II certification in refrigerant handling.
Must have general experience in electrical wiring, circuitry/soldering, and interpretation of mechanical and electrical drawings.
Good troubleshooting ability.
Experience with programming computerized environmental control systems.
Proficient in working safely with machine shop equipment and hand tools.
Proficiency with computer applications including Microsoft Word and Excel, email, and web browsers.
Physically able to work from a ladder or scaffold, regularly lift more than 50 pounds, and work in high temperature conditions.
Must be willing to respond for after-hours emergency duty.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
Advanced programing experience with Argus and/or Conviron environmental controls.
Horticultural research experience is beneficial but not required.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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