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Instrumentation Specialist

UW-Oshkosh College of Nursing
July 9, 2020
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Summary: The Instrumentation Specialist provides high-tech support for all technical aspects of simulation operations, including preparation, maintenance and repair of computerized simulators (software and hardware), task trainers and related multimedia peripherals.  The Instrumentation Specialist is a direct report to the Dean of the College of Nursing and maintains a dotted line report with campus Information Technology to ensure close communication and coordination.


 Simulation Training Center Technician– 70%

  • Possess a working knowledge of patient simulation services, technologies and applications.
  • Serve as simulator operator by programming, testing and running scenarios with faculty instructors, assuring that the facility and equipment are set up for teaching sessions. Understand the use and operation of different simulator technologies ranging from anatomic models and task trainers to screen-based simulations to full body patient simulators and virtual reality surgical simulators. Possess the skills and knowledge needed to function in the role of Simulation Server Administrator.
  • Able to maintain accurate records and document maintenance regarding all simulation equipment. Perform weekly, monthly and annual maintenance on all simulation equipment and record in a database in Simulation Training Center google drive.
  • Work with Information Technology to acquire and install digital audiovisual hardware and software systems to record simulated sessions with subsequent editing and transfer into an archival format for analysis.
  • Provide technical support for all Simulation Training Center (STC) equipment, including multimedia systems and their components, operation of digital cameras, video cameras, audio/video mixer, digital/analog converter, monitors, LCD projectors, anesthesia machines and other equipment located in the STC.
  • Support Simulation Lab digital media and web stream creation for educational and professional distribution, distribute content and back up data, and provide advanced troubleshooting.
  • Participate in technical training as necessary; attend conferences to stay current with simulation technology.
  • Administer the simulation server with backup support from the vendor.
  • Install STC software and hardware upgrades and maintain functionality of manikin components as directed by manufacturer support.
  • Able to assess, troubleshoot and fix equipment failures in a timely fashion.
  • Evaluate new equipment, and identify opportunities for technology improvement and integration into healthcare education.
  • Act as the point of contact with the IT in University Affairs and Facilities Management in Finance and Administration on the external support for the STC, such as coordinating HVAC support, purchasing, contract review, etc.
  • Interface with the STC equipment manufacturers regarding STC equipment troubleshooting and systems problems; maintain record of repairs.
  • Be on site during training and able to work evenings/weekends.
  • Work requires occasional heavy physical lifting of equipment and management/utilization of advanced medical devices.
  • Maintain security of STC when clients are using it or simulation equipment.
  • Maintain record/logs of equipment, repairs and operation manuals/data
  • Proficiency in MS software applications including MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Internet, and database use and able learn software and hardware quickly and independently.
  • Works closely with Information Technology to ensure technical support is available and a trouble ticket is resolved swiftly when and if identified while conducting a training experience.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, work well under pressure, set priorities and make critical decisions.
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and require little to no supervision with the ability to work as a team member.

College of Nursing Technical Training – 25%

  • Train faculty and other Simulation Center staff in technical and operational aspects of simulation equipment
  • Ability to express technical information clearly and simply to non-technical persons.
  • Assists faculty and students in the safe use of simulation equipment
  • Create technical training videos for faculty, staff, and students
  • Teach technology portion of classes as needed; including: application training, software training, orientation, etc.
  • Maintain proficiency in existing and emerging technologies, including basic theory, design and implementation.

Miscellaneous Duties – 5%

  • Assist with other special projects or initiatives as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean.


Education/Training: Associate degree in technology field or related field and/or 60 higher education credit hours is required.

Must be able to independently move simulation equipment.


Certified Healthcare Simulations Operations Specialist (CHSOS) certification.  Certification required within 3-years of hire.

Baccalaureate Degree in technology field or related field is preferred.

Previous experience in a simulation lab preferred.

Healthcare experience preferred.

Experience: At least one year of experience in the related field is preferred.


The individual in this position will exemplify the following core competencies:

Self-Awareness and Professional Development – Proactively looks for opportunities to develop skills and related behaviors in areas of expertise in an effort to maximize performance and effectiveness.

Communication and Personal Effectiveness – Effectively communicates with internal and external stakeholders to share and express information in an ethical, forthright and timely manner.

Customer Orientation – Empathetically seeks understanding of what internal and external stakeholders require and expect, and uses available resources, policies and opportunities in those stakeholders’ best interests without compromising institutional or unit values.

Collaboration and Partnership – Effectively develops relationships and collaborates with all stakeholders, values teamwork and applies a variety of strategies to meet the needs of a diverse constituency.

Achievement Orientation – Has a strong sense of urgency about proactively solving problems and getting work done; gains support for ideas, proposals, projects and solutions; and takes initiative.

Leadership – Demonstrates responsibility and skill in guiding others; a commitment to and a vision for the university’s public service in “…engaging people and ideas for common good….” and an ability to achieve positive outcomes by encouraging, supporting, coaching, developing and mentoring

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.