Under general supervision the Laboratory Support Associate (business title: Machinist/Machine Shop Technician) will manage, operate, and maintain machine shop, fabrication, and engineering design laboratories and equipment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This position will support all mechanical engineering fabrication and design efforts, including student design projects and faculty course and research project needs. Provide instructional and project assistance and support to engineering students in accordance with assignments and directions from course instructors of 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 machine shop and engineering design 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. Performs duties in the lab classroom, design lab, or machine shop setting.
Typically a Bachelor's Degree in engineering teachonoly or related field or two years of trade school/technical arts training with machine shop. 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 journey-level or skilled experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment.
Completion of an apprenticeship program, or completion of a full military specialization in the required type of equipment maintenance and repair may substitute for one year of experience.
Familiarity with: the operation of computer numerical control machines; the operation of manual machine tools; the operation of welding and forming tools; and with controllers/process controllers and their interfaces with mechanical processes.
Must be able to use essential manually operated and CNC machine shop equipment including mills, lathes, wire EDMs, band saws, welding equipment, and hand tools.
Demostrated understanding of technical drawings, dimensioning, and tolerances is required.
Demonstrated competency in CAD software (SolidWorks) and CNC machine programming (MasterCAM, Virtual Gibbs, SolidCAM, etc.).
Must be able to use precision measurement tools such as calipers, micrometers, feeler gagues and dial indicators.
Basic 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.
Demonstrated skill at interacting effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, and other staff members.
Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral).
Proven technical aptitude, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
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