PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
At Central Connecticut State University, this class is accountable for operating a planetarium or observatory, producing planetarium shows, and maintaining and repairing electronic, mechanical, and electrical planetarium equipment.
Works under the general supervision of the director of the observatory and/or planetarium or other employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Plans, organizes, and produces planetarium shows for students and the public; repairs, maintains, and operates planetarium and/or observatory equipment (telescopes, optics, etc.); designs and builds new planetarium and/or observatory equipment; advises the director on show production; orders necessary supplies and equipment; interfaces with contractors and vendors that service the planetarium and/or observatory; trains and supervises part-time technicians and support staff; writes programs for storage and retrieval for planetarium shows; recommends long-range show production schedules; schedules planetarium shows; assists with the preparation of proposals for grants, endowments, etc.; executes live and taped planetarium shows; interfaces with students, faculty, the public, and the news media on matters relating to the planetarium; assists with the planning, administration and teaching of outreach programs for school systems as assigned by the director; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply the principles and practices of the operation of an observatory/planetarium; knowledge of the planning and producing of planetarium shows; knowledge of basic computer programming; some knowledge of astronomical telescopes and astrophotography; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to fabricate repair and maintain electronic mechanical and electrical planetarium equipment and devices; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of experience in a planetarium or observatory as a technician, observer, or lecturer involving repair and maintenance of planetarium equipment and production of planetarium shows.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training in astronomy, the physical sciences, or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
Incumbents may be exposed to some risk of injury from equipment.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Planetarium Technician in Salary Group TC 18 approved effective June 23, 1995. (2013 SCOPE Review)