Job Opening: Fabrication Technician

Friday, April 21, 2023

Title: Fabrication Technician

Description: This position will contribute to the Agricultural Experiment Station’s mission of maintaining a high level of integrity with regards to research conducted at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm. The main contributions from this position will be fabrication, repairs and maintenance of farm and research equipment. The functionality of this equipment is paramount in the day-to-day operations conducted at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm.
Dakota Lakes Research Farm is located 17 miles east of Pierre, SD immediately adjacent to the Missouri River.
It has a robust crop and livestock integration research program and is well-known in the field of regenerative
agriculture. The shop facilities are modern and comfortable.

As a member of the operations team at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm you will design,
fabricate, test, maintain, repair and modify equipment used for research and production projects including
livestock, field, research, precision agriculture and irrigation equipment.

Below is a list of knowledge, skills and abilities Dakota Lakes Research Farm is seeking in the Fabrication Technician candidates.

Knowledge of:
- Equipment fabrication
- Research protocols
- Precision agriculture, hydraulics, mechanical, electrical, and electronic components of equipment
- Computer software (Microsoft Office)

Skill and Ability to:
- Construct prototypes of new or modified pieces of equipment.
- Operate, maintain, repair and modify agricultural equipment including tractors, combines, sprayers,
irrigators, etc.
- Evaluate operation of machines and recommend modifications.
- Perform welding, mechanical, electronic, and electrical repairs on a wide variety of research, irrigation and
field equipment.
- Care for livestock including feeding, watering, administering medications and moving the herd.
- Record data and maintain accurate records.
- Operate seeding, harvest, and spraying equipment.
- Apply herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizer with self-propelled sprayer.
- Maintain adequate supplies and parts.

Required Licenses: Valid driver’s license. Commercial Driver’s License with endorsements or ability to obtain
one within six (6) months and Pesticide Applicator’s License or ability to obtain one within six (6) months of
hire is required.

Wages: $18.73/hour - $23.41/hour, depending upon qualifications, plus benefits
12 months, 100% time

Benefits: South Dakota State University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including
medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee, spouse, and dependents; life insurance; long-term
disability insurance; paid holidays; educational assistance; retirement plans; and a generous vacation accrual
and sick day allowance.

Application Procedures: SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site, to apply visit [AE8233-40848]

Employee will be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident,
follow-up and return-to-duty drug and alcohol testing. South Dakota State University is a tobacco free
environment. It is the policy of the university to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish,
promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This
position is subject to the university’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. Employment is contingent upon a
successful background check. Posting # CSA01705P
South Dakota State University

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