Lab Support Engineer

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Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Salary
50000-65000
Posted
01 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2017
Ref
42562
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University

The Department’s undergraduate program is the largest in the state with growth expected to continue. This position is fortunate to work with some of the best students in the university, providing the Mechanical Engineering students with strong faculty and staff support services operating in a collegial and professional environment. The department has 30 faculty and 5 instructors and offers an ABET accredited BSME degree along with the MS, MEng and PhD degrees in a wide range of research areas.

Position Summary

The successful applicant will:
• Be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the equipment in the undergraduate laboratories. This includes but is not limited to: maintenance, reconfiguration, and operations equipment.
• Implement new apparatus, experiments, control software and GUI’s, infrastructure
• Work with faculty to maintain and upgrade/replace laboratory equipment and supplies and support infrastructure as necessary
• Assist with developing written laboratory practices, protocols and lab manuals
• Manage inventory of consumables (calibration gases, test samples, pressure and temperature sensors, cabling, etc…)
• Manage laboratory fees in consultation with department staff
• Modify, debug, and implement control software (eg. LabView, MatLab, etc.)
• Manage all ME undergraduate lab tools and equipment on loan
• Supervision of undergraduate student assistant(s)
• Ensure undergraduate labs are operated in a safe manner
• Coordinate training, tracking and disposal of hazardous waste
• Install new equipment including but not limited to engines, dynamometers, controls, pumps, valves, etc…
• Work closely with Graduate Teaching Assistants to ensure that undergraduate lab sections (20/week) are prepared for and executed as planned.

Required Job Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree in any engineering discipline, construction management, industrial technology, or a closely related field.
2. Ability to physically move lab equipment, tools and materials when necessary
3. Experience with an instrumentation-related laboratory (e.g. metrology, structures, materials, robotics…)
4. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
5. Ability to work with Windows OS, MS Office (specifically Excel); demonstrated knowledge / experience with engineering applications such as Mat Lab, LabVIEW.

Preferred Job Qualifications

1. Five years relevant industry or academic experience in an experimental laboratory
2. Experience with instrumentation, data loggers, sensors (acquisition, installation, application, calibration, recording), and controls
3. Fabrication experience, such as CNC, welding, carpentry, machining, etc.
4. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and priorities

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Undergradaute Lab Management Duty/Responsibility

• Be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the equipment in the undergraduate laboratories. This includes but is not limited to: maintenance, reconfiguration, and operations equipment.
• Implement new apparatus, experiments, control software and GUI’s, infrastructure
• Work with faculty to maintain and upgrade/replace laboratory equipment and supplies and support infrastructure as necessary
• Assist with developing written laboratory practices, protocols and lab manuals
• Manage inventory of consumables (calibration gases, test samples, pressure and temperature sensors, cabling, etc…)
• Ensure undergraduate labs are operated in a safe manner
• Install new equipment including but not limited to engines, dynamometers, controls, pumps, valves, etc…
• Coordinate training, tracking and disposal of hazardous waste

Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Training and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

• Supervision of undergraduate student assistant(s)
• Work closely with Graduate Teaching Assistants to ensure that undergraduate lab sections (20/week) are prepared for and executed as planned.

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Accounting Duty/Responsibility

• Manage laboratory fees in consultation with department staff

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter that speaks to the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates

Conditions of Employment

Search Contact Tammy Donahue, tammy.donahue@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.