Duke University Job Description:


Job Code: 0037 


Job Level: 09 

Revised Date: 06/24/1997  

Job Family: JF 16 

Occupational Summary

Assist with the operation and perform specialized technical duties in the F. G. Hall Environmental Chamber Laboratory to ensure safe and efficient operation of hypobaric and hyperbaric chamber equipment and associated physical support systems.

Work Performed

Assist with the operation of hyperbaric and hypobaric chambers, associated equipment and systems by monitoring communications, pressure controls, compressed gas sources, data collection, atmosphere conditioning, breathing gas, fire safety systems and others ensuring safety and effective operations. Perform hyperbaric and hypobaric chamber maintenance and research procedures under normal and varied conditions of pressure and atmospheric gas compositions.

Operate and ensure maintenance of high pressure gas compressors and associated gas delivery, storage and control systems; repair and overhaul gas valves and regulators and modify pressure hull penetrations; operate high pressure gas mixing station and install and modify specialty gas piping ensuring compliance with oxygen and breathing gas system standards.

Perform maintenance and repairs on hyperbaric and hypobaric chamber equipment and instruments such as but not limited to making adjustments and calibrations, corrosion removal, clearing, soldering, silver brazing and welding to ensure the safe operation of the equipment.

Conduct functional inspections and support preventative maintenance programs of chambers to ensure safe and efficient operation of equipment and associated physical support systems; replace parts such as filters, chemical absorbents and lubricants on predetermined maintenance schedule; report potential hazards to appropriate authority and prepare and maintain related records.

Maintain adequate inventory of materials, supplies and equipment. Provide technical assistance and instruction to research personnel and laboratory staff in the operation and maintenance of the chambers and associated equipment. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires an Associate of Science degree in Underwater Technology or related field.



Work requires two years of experience in recompression or altitude chamber operations, maintenance and repairs.






The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.