Under general supervision this position will manage, operate, and maintain teaching and research laboratories and equipment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This position will support all mechanical engineering laboratory courses and faculty and student research efforts, including laboratory course experiments and faculty and student research projects. Provide instructional and project assistance and support to engineering students in accordance with assignments and directions from the Department Chair, course instructors, project advisors, or other academic personnel. Provide technical assistance and training to students, faculty and staff in the use of equipment and technology in instructional programs. Monitors and maintains laboratory equipment and operations and conducts preventive maintenance as necessary. Provides instructional support for the students enrolled in engineering classes and labs requiring technical competence.
Typically a Bachelor's Degree in engineering technology or related field or two years of trade school/technical arts training with equipment maintenance. Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of new technology, and regulation/policy changes.
Minimum three years of progressively responsible experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of mechanical testing equipment and instrumentation. Completion of an apprenticeship program, or completion of a full military specialization in the required type of equipment maintenance and repair may substitute for experience.
Familiarity with the operation of various mechanical testing equipment, including but not limited to: Instron testing systems; MTS fracture mechanics system; heat treatment ovens and furnaces; mechanical and electromechanical force and torque transducers; vibration testing systems; thermal testing – pressure and temperature transducers; rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing equipment; controllers/process controllers and their interfaces with mechanical equipment.
Demonstrated skill at interacting effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, and other staff members. Must be ready to support the success of women and other underrepresented groups in engineering by serving as a role model to students who tolerates no form of harassment or discrimination, including against gender and sexual minorities.
Strong troubleshooting skills.
Demonstrated understanding of standardized test methods (ASTM, etc.) is required.
Competency in CAD software and a demonstrated understanding of technical drawings is required.
Must be able to use precision measurement tools such as calipers, micrometers, feeler gauges and dial indicators.
Strong understanding of electronics and mechanics.
Basic computer skills including email, internet and spreadsheets.
Must be self-motivated, proactive, and expected to directly apply technical skills.
Ability to work with faculty and supervise and engage students working in laboratory and be thoroughly familiar with standard practices used in undergraduate laboratories.
Ability to work well as part of a team.
Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral).
Proven technical aptitude, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
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