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Mechanical Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for an Instructional Lab Manager.
The Instructional Lab Manager is responsible for managing and administering the ME Department teaching and research laboratories. These facilities are used by students, faculty, staff, and the public to carry out the educational and research mission of the University. Mechanical Engineering is a large department and its curriculum includes a broad array of subject matter. The discipline is continuously evolving with technology. The curriculum requires that students devote significant amounts of time to performing laboratory experiments and design projects. Currently the department supports instructional laboratories in Energy, Fluids, Mechanics of Materials & Manufacturing, and Systems, Dynamics & Design, as well as an instructional Composite Shop.
The person in this position manages the department’s instructional laboratory facilities. The person in this position must possess modern laboratory and computer-related skills to be able to create and integrate data acquisition systems and unique new sensors with the demands of evolving technology, possess a strong mechanical aptitude, and the ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects. The instructional laboratory manager is provided a budget for maintaining and upgrading laboratory facilities, and has the responsibility for allocating these funds. Additional tasks may be assigned by the Administrator, Associate Chair or the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The person in this position works closely with the staff in the instructional Machine Shop, which is managed separately.
This position has primary responsibility for ME prototype shops (Composite Shop and Mechanical Testing Lab): Instructional lab administration and supervision. The position responsibilities may extend to supervising the ME Student Machine shop as needed. The composite shop has grown from a collection of equipment that was available by appointment and is now a recharge center that is open to all UW users (with training) and staffed 39-hours per week.
In the future it is possible that this position might move part time to the Advanced Composites Center, a new ME research facility under construction at Sand Point.
Instructional Lab Administration & Shop Supervision •Install, repair, modify and maintain the composite shops’ equipment. •Perform regular testing of the composite shops’ equipment to ensure that they are functioning properly. •Oversee design and fabrication of new lab experiments and demonstrations, update lab handouts, train TAs and perform demonstrations. •Engineering support for students - training & demonstrations for senior design teams, Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team & other mechanical engineering clubs, projects, & research. •Manage lab onboarding training: administer an onboarding series for team and club leadership, which includes training in safety, fiscal administration, HR, and technical resources. •Repair and maintain research equipment, or arrange for repair by other campus facilities if appropriate and reasonable amount of time is available. •Make recommendations for new equipment. •Coordinate equipment procurement and installation for new experiments. •Design or modify instrumentation for instruction or research, based on specifications provided by the faculty. •Outreach - coordination of Engineering Discovery Days. •Write internal funding requests for equipment. •Provide advice and language to Principal Investigators for research grant equipment proposals.
Facilities & Safety •Serve as the department representative for Group 9 safety committee. •Follow-up with Facilities Services to ensure that work is complete, accurate, and timely. •Coordinate facility shutdown and communicate information in a timely manner to the appropriate people. •Responsible for regular disposal of surplus property. •Assist research groups with chemical waste disposal as needed. •In concert with the ME Safety Committee, implement and enforce safety procedures and accident prevention programs for ME facilities and personnel. •As new grants are funded, consult with faculty to anticipate safety needs (i.e., storage for flammables, personal protective equipment, etc.) before lab supplies or equipment are ordered. •Identify Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) safety classes that should be attended by shop personnel; verify attendance for new students, staff, and faculty as they join the shop. •Ensure that the Laboratory Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment is in place for each of the shops and that shop personnel have copies. •Other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor's degree in engineering or scientific discipline. •Three years’ experience as an engineering technician or related experience. •Basic machining skills. •Knowledge of and hands on experience with data acquisition. •Understands fundamentals of and some experience with computer programming. •Excellent troubleshooting skills. •Effective written and oral communication skills. •Effective interpersonal and group student mentoring skills. •Attention to detail and good organizational skills. •Flexibility and motivation to learn new skills and techniques.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Engineering Physics. •Knowledge of and hands on experience with additive manufacturing. •Experience with equipment maintenance. •Experience with and specific knowledge of composite manufacturing and/or mechanical testing.
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