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Aeronautics and Astronautics has an outstanding opportunity for an Instructional Lab Engineer.
The Instructional Lab Engineer is responsible for managing and administering the A&A Department teaching laboratories. These laboratories require upgrades, development of experimental equipment, coordination with faculty and teaching assistants, and scheduling and maintaining operations of the laboratories. Facilities include general undergraduate laboratories (including electronic equipment), wind tunnel, and structural testing equipment. The lab engineer will be responsible for inventory of instructional laboratories, maintenance, safety, proper storage of equipment and supplies, documentation and tools belonging to the laboratories.
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.
This position has primary responsibility for Instructional lab administration and supervision. The position responsibilities may extend to supervising the AA Machine shop and Composite Lab as needed. This position reports to the Departmental Facilities Manager.
A&A is unique in that part of the engineering curriculum for undergraduates involves designing and testing a project related to flight or space. The facilities group and this role is critical to ensuring success for the students. Part of this role includes working in collaboration with classroom instructors and their supervisor, the facilities manager to ensure the research projects the students designed are feasible within the course timeframe. This requires a high level of professional judgement, communication skills and ability to be self-directed in tasks.
Instructional Lab Administration and Operations - 50% •Participate in laboratory curriculum development: work with faculty to create new experiments, consult on all aspects of the design, construction, and implementation of the experiment, then instruct and train TAs on how to proceed with the experiment and ensure that the apparatus is operating correctly. As needed, prepare instructional information (from paper format to more technology-based formats now) for students. •Supervise RSO, Capstone and A&A 322, and other student project teams in basic and advanced machine shop practices. •Work with A&A staff and faculty to supply any needed test specimens or other machined parts in support of undergraduate labs. •Regular review and implementation of best practices in machining and shop operations. •Promote the machine shop to potential industrial equipment donors for program support. •Increase program funding source by promoting the writing of Student Technology Fee proposals for equipment upgrades. •Analyze the users’ data from the Shop Tracker to identify program resource usage. •Create and maintain data acquisition capabilities of the shop’s equipment. •Developing and submitting proposals to the College of Engineering or outside agencies for funding to enhance the laboratory facilities. •Generate more proposals for new equipment: mechanical test lab, metrology, data acquisition. •Support the administrator in allocation of the Manufacturing Shop finances (salaries, equipment, research grants, maintenance, and facilities/space) •Install, repair, modify and maintain the instructional lab equipment. •Perform regular testing of the 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, RSO (Registered Student Organization) teams & other clubs, projects, & research. •Manage lab onboarding training: administer an onboarding series for team and club leadership, which includes training in safety and technical resources. •Make recommendations for new equipment. Coordinate equipment procurement and installation for new instructional experiments. •Design or modify instrumentation •Participate in drop in or by appointment office hours for students to get feedback on the feasibility of their projects based on current departmental resources.
Facilities & Safety - 25% •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. •Enforce laboratory safety compliance: Develop Manufacturing Shop orientation, create safety training materials for super users. Ensure compliance of new shared departmental labs with evolving EH&S (Environmental Health and Safety) lab safety standards. •Create and maintain the User Policies manual: compliance with recharge center and evolving EH&S safety policies. Keep up-to-date instructional videos for existing and new lab experiments. •Manage work orders with UW Facility Services for space modification & maintenance. •Assist research groups with waste disposal as needed. •In concert with the A&A Safety Committee, implement and enforce safety procedures and accident prevention programs for A&A facilities and personnel. •As new grants are funded, consult with faculty to anticipate safety needs (i.e., storage for flammables, personal protective equipment) before lab supplies or equipment is ordered. •Identify EH&S safety classes that should be attended by lab 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 lab and that lab personnel have copies. •Other duties as assigned.
Equipment - 15% •Perform monthly testing of all lab equiment to ensure that they are functioning properly. •Ensure that all equipment for research and instruction are tagged with a UW Property sticker and entered into the UW’s inventorial system. •Perform the annual physical equipment inventory for the department. •Responsible for regular disposal of surplus property. Process improvement and Research Design Consultation 10% •Serve as a first point of contact in collaboration with the research manager and facilities manager for students to identify resources within the department to complete their course and extracurricular (RSO’s) projects. •Partner with classroom instructors to identify and support departmental facility resources to support academic labs, this may include but is not limited to making recommendations about future purchases, providing procedures and/or training to students, providing feedback on the feasibility of student requests and collaborating with the facilities manager to onboard new faculty to resources available to support their courses. •Participate in project teams which may include the facilities manager, research manager, administrator, and others within the department or external to the department to update and streamline the facilities resources available to students to complete their coursework and/or enhance their extracurricular activities.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor's degree in engineering or scientific discipline. •1 year experience as an engineering technician or related experience. •Basic machining skills. •Knowledge of and hands on experience with data acquisition. •Understands fundamentals of and 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 •Knowledge of and hands on experience with CNC machining •Experience with equipment maintenance. •Experience with and specific knowledge of composite manufacturing and/or mechanical testing.
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