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The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for an Engineering Technician Lead. The highly motivated Engineering Technician Lead reports directly to the Instructional Shop Manager.
The person in this position will possess basic to advanced knowledge of machining practices including complex parts setup and machine capabilities. They will lead assigned personnel and student groups to successfully complete their technical and research projects within the Mechanical Engineering Prototype Shops. They will communicate with and assist a wide range of skill levels and project complexity from entry-level shop training up through multi axis CNC programming and machining.
This position will require scheduling based on the requirements of lab classes taught therein (ME355), as well as maintaining regular, consistent shop hours for student and research groups in the absence of the Instructional Shop Manager.
Supports the daily use of the Engineering Annex by students under the direction of the Instructional Shop Manager, with and without the supervisor present: •Assisting student technical clubs that are housed within the Engineering Annex by annual onboarding student members to establish baseline expectations for the planning and use of facilities and other available resources. Responsible for ensuring student technical clubs are following the machine shop protocols and basic safety procedures. •Inspecting the allocated student technical team spaces routinely to ensure they are compliant with earthquake and fire safety regulations. •Managing the shop safety and basic machinery curriculum for student shop access by scheduling and teaching introductory courses. Monitors the progression and status of students for advancement to higher machine levels. •Regularly operating or using machine shop equipment including: bandsaws, grinders, pedestal mount deburr wheels, welders, mills, lathes, hydraulic presses, router, 3D printers, waterjet and laser cutter.
Supports the shop supervisor in teaching and creating curriculum for teaching labs: •Assist the Instructional Shop Manager with assigned projects and class support including lectures and live machine demonstrations in person or via Zoom. •Assists in the instruction of ME355 and any other physical labs that may be required within the shop. This includes filming instructional videos, video editing, and uploading videos to online sources such as YouTube.
Supports research and departmental projects: •Consulting with engineers, scientists, faculty, or staff on the design and fabrication of various apparatus such as mechanical, agricultural, electro-mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or electronic apparatus; determine choice of materials, etc. •Determines work priorities with supervisor and independently while maintaining a schedule to track work progress. •Installs and tests fabricated equipment for proper operation; adjust and calibrate; troubleshoot and repair equipment malfunction(s) to system, board, or component level.
Maintains shop order, and performs equipment maintenance: •Moves and tests existing equipment for proper operation; adjust and calibrate; troubleshoot and repair equipment malfunction(s) to system, board, or component level. •Regularly operate or use common machine shop equipment including: bandsaws, grinders, pedestal mount deburr wheels, welders, mills, lathes, hydraulic presses, router, 3D printers, waterjet and laser cutter.
REQUIREMENTS: •One year of experience as an Engineering Technician 2 OR five years of experience as an engineering technician OR equivalent education/experience with running large, manual machine tools. •Ability to operate bandsaws, grinders, pedestal mount deburr wheels, welders, mills, lathes, hydraulic presses, router, 3D printers, waterjet and laser cutter. •Knowledge of precision machining procedures and ability to hold .001” tolerances or less. •Ability to work off of prints and/or written/verbal instructions. •Ability to handle tools for metal working trade required. •Demonstrated commitment to complying to environmental and safety protocols. •Demonstrated experience working in an academic-setting and providing instruction to all experience levels and backgrounds to understand critical concepts behind their work and proper safe manufacturing procedures. •Experience working on multiple projects concurrently under deadline pressure and changing priorities while maintaining attention to detail. •High level of accountability – drives for results, displays a sense of ownership, and is passionate about attaining goals and surpassing expectations. •Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills that are respectful, professional and appropriate for an academic setting. •Demonstrated commitment to fostering a respectful and inclusive environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds and identifications are welcome. •Self-motivated individual with strong problem-solving skills. •Experience using various computer software applications for virtual meetings such as Zoom, MS Teams, Skype or Slack. •Ability to work independently and collaborate well with a diverse group of individuals.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Experience with and an awareness of the characteristics of a variety of materials and related manufacturing processes. •CAD/CAM integration and interaction with multiple programs and machinery.
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