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Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) is seeking an Engineering Technician to join a team providing a broad range of technical support to more than 80 PhD students, 40 faculty and an array of master’s and undergraduate students and student teams. The position reports to the Lab Manager with additional direction from the faculty Lab Director and Department Chair.
The successful candidate will excel at working with faculty, staff, postdocs, and visitors but primarily with students and student teams with strong customer service skills as well as significant knowledge of safety requirements to ensure safety within the labs and classrooms throughout the department (GG Brown and EWRE buildings). We are seeking someone who is passionate about empowering others to be successful, with an excitement for new programs or laboratory services. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative member of the team, providing an inviting and safe approach to research and education. She/He/They will also benefit from having a strong sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness about the research to better engage the department stakeholders, most especially the students.
The technical tasks performed will be complex in nature, including design, fabrication, modification, maintenance and repair of specialized scientific or engineering equipment and related devices; participating in research design activities and resolving operational problems with facilities or equipment; conducting experiments and assisting instructors with lab classes (especially CEE 351 Civil Engineering Materials).
Compensation may exceed the posted salary for an exceptionally qualitied candidate.
Research Support - 30%
Meet with department stakeholders to discuss project needs, explore technical options, and propose robust approaches to position stakeholders for experimental success
Design and fabricate and modify complex devices/apparatus for research using shop tools such as a drill press, band saw, table saw, lathe, MTS hydraulic testing equipment system, lift table, scissor lift, etc.
Work with students on various technical needs such as testing design and fabrication, equipment improvements and space setup
Advise professional staff on component and equipment requirements and capabilities
Consult on equipment requirements and capabilities; coordinate work with professional staff
Prepare complex drawings with specifications and tolerances
Build concrete forms for test specimens
Maintain and design reactor tanks and other wet experimental set-ups
Safety Issues – 30%
Instruct new laboratory users on lab-specific safety procedures and document their training on a monthly basis and track personnel permitted to use the lab facilities and equipment
Determine safe operating procedures for test equipment; monitor and enforce codes for classes and lab use
Coordinate training with other departments to streamline training processes and tracking
Actively participate in department’s safety committee
Class Support – 20%
Fabricate and modify laboratory equipment for teaching labs using available shop tools
Set-up laboratory tests with required equipment and supplies
Instruct and assist students with laboratory tests
Equipment Maintenance/Repair – 10%
Test, repair, and calibrate equipment such as saws, drills, and lathes
Resolve design problems or malfunctions in specialized equipment
Fabricate/Install fixtures to test components
Repair/Maintain mechanical/electrical equipment and related to hydraulic pumps, controllers and actuators
Facilities Issues – 10%
Space renovations, moves, updates and utilizations
Notify Maintenance Call Center of building-related issues
Partner with the college facilities management office and other similar departments (EHS, UM Facilities & Operations, other facilities managers, etc.) regarding safety or facilities issues (fire drill, inclement weather drills, building repairs, renovations, etc.)
Demonstrated ability to work independently, efficiently and productively with a diverse group of students, staff and faculty
Ability to implement customer service skills in conjunction with safety requirements to provide an inclusive, inviting research atmosphere
Demonstrated communication skills, including active listening, difficult conversations and collaborative spirit when working with a diverse group of stakeholders, especially students
High school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Two years of trade school in mathematics, physics, chemistry, electronics or engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Ability to move 75 lbs
Operate servo-hydraulic and electro-mechanical material testing equipment (mostly MTS based)
Operate hand and power tools and laboratory instrument, including soldering equipment
Build concrete forms for test specimens
Operate overhead crane for moving and assembling structures
Operate lift truck for loading/unloading, moving supplies, equipment and test specimens
Ability to respond to as well as provide constructive feedback for continual improvement
Considerable experience in the design, fabrication and repair of scientific or engineering equipment systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Considerable knowledge of the methods and materials used in the repair and maintenance of mechanical and electromechanical devices
Ability to read and interpret complex drawings and specifications and to design and modify complex mechanical apparatus
Knowledge of U-M EHS requirements and standards
Knowledgeable or U-M policies and procedures, resources (e.g., Wilson Center, CoE Facilities Management Office, EHS, MI-OSHA)
Training or certification in welding
Experience with streamlining processes, lean processes or certification in implementing lean operations
Training to work in confined spaces
Welding of structural steel details
Operation and programming of industrial robots and PLC-based control systems
CEE Staff Mission:
To collaborate, create and innovate alongside our talented faculty and students. We strive to be the best possible resource to the CEE community by being proactive, forward-thinking and streamlined in our work. We support the global impact of the CEE community with our commitment to teamwork, cooperation, and mutual success toward common goals.
Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/.
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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