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Vacuum Pump Service Technician

Vacuum Pump Service Technician

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
3425 - Science Technical Services
Job Status 
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range 
$52,093 - $65,117

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Term: 1 year 


The Vacuum Pump Service Technician will provide front-line technical support to research groups and teaching activities, primarily, within the Faculty of Science and other organizational units on campus. The main focus of the role is to handle maintenance and repair of virtually any brand and type of foreline vacuum pump.



  • Troubleshoot, modify or repair a variety of research and teaching instrumentation primarily vacuum pumps (mechanical/rotary, diffusion, diaphragm, scroll and turbo)
  • Provide regular on-going maintenance (up to full life cycle) for vacuum pump systems
  • Proficiency with small tools, ability to do some machining, soldering and other common shop operations
  • An understanding of the applications in which vacuum science products are used

Client Service

  • Clearly communicate with faculty, students and staff and provide technical consultation to them on vacuum and electro-mechanical issues
  • Liaise with manufacturers to diagnose and repair equipment under warranty
  • Ensure pump maintenance program is scheduled and performed in accordance with specified terms
  • Function as an engaged team member


  • Maintain complete and accurate records (e.g. time cards, materials used, repair notes, etc.)
  • Ensure University of Waterloo safety standards are adhered to consistently
  • Create and maintain on-line and manual data (e.g. work order and maintenance program records)
  • Organize shop tools, inventory and documentation
  • Obtain quotes and technical documentation as required


  • Education, training and/or experience in related field considered an asset
  • Technology or scientific education considered an asset
  • Small engine, electrical or mechanical repair
  • Familiarity with and can correctly use personal protective equipment (e.g. gloves, face masks, etc.).
  • Working under a fume hood (would be an asset)
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to efficiently balance competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Willingness to take initiative to improve processes
  • Basic computer proficiency (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook)