ITL Product Design and Instrumentation Engineer

Boulder, CO
Aug 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Product Design and Instrumentation (PDI) Engineer serves the Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) Program and Laboratory in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. This position provides functional, operational and instructional support services related to prototyping, rapid fabrication, lab equipment, experimental modules and demonstrations for use in teaching and learning by engineering students, teaching assistants and faculty. This position supports all of the ITLL's fabrication equipment and experimental hardware and provides educational guidance to students and engineering faculty in the use of equipment. The PDI Engineer, with the ITL Electronics Center and Manufacturing Center Managers, collectively represent the engineering fabrication capabilities of the ITLL, and together they maintain and expand students' measurement, instrumentation and fabrication resources in innovative ways. The position works within the ITLL T-Club to strategically and comprehensively advance the needs of engineering students in all hands-on activities within the educational mission of the College. Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.

Who we are:

The Integrated Teaching and Learning Program hosts and/or collaborates with other College of Engineering and Applied Science departments on many K-12 engineering education initiatives, offering a wide range of hands-on engineering opportunities for K-12 teachers and students, faculty and the general public. The award-winning ITL Program is committed to creating a more diverse student population at CU Boulder and broadening the exposure of K-12 students-particularly students of color, young women, low-income and first-generation college-bound students-to engineering.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Fabrication Process and Technical Instrumentation Support
  • Monitor, supervise and troubleshoot use of fabrication and rapid prototyping equipment, including the full suite of 3D printing equipment, 3D scanning, textile prototyping, microcontroller usage, printed circuit board and electronics prototyping, fabrication and testing.
  • Communicate resource availability and continually work to improve processes for all fabrication equipment to maximize use and efficiency.
  • Conduct numerous hands-on educational workshops for students and/or faculty each semester (e.g., 3D printers, laser cutters, SolidWorks/CAD, Arduino, 3D scanning, sewing/prototyping, LabView, strain gauges, LabStations, sensors, etc.), and trains ITL Program student Tech Staff to do the same.
  • Work in a cooperative and collaborative manner with professors, TAs, staff and students to provide educational support for fabrication and rapid prototyping resources.
  • Train users by providing instructional and troubleshooting advice on the full range of ITL fabrication hardware.
  • Order supplies and provide routine maintenance to ensure equipment is fully functional for student use.
  • Provide in-advance and impromptu technical help to ensure that first-year project courses run smoothly.
  • Read, write and debug LabVIEW Vis, Arduino code, and additional programming environments as needed.
  • Assist in the implementation of a wide variety of sensors (e.g., strain gauges, flow meters, force transducers, thermocouples, etc.). Integrate hardware and software within the ITL data acquisition environment.
  • Provide excellent service to faculty, students and ITL staff, continuously promote increased use of ITL resources.
  • Solicit new users among faculty who teach material appropriate for hands-on design courses, labs or demos.

Laboratory Resources, Maintenance and Quality Control
  • Work with ITL program staff to provide functional and reliable LabStations, test and measurement systems and experimental modules.
  • Design, support, troubleshoot and continuously improve data-acquisition hardware and software for ITLL course experiments and experimental modules.
  • Compile data usage and generate reports of ITL experimental hardware.
  • Establish and maintain quality assurance procedures, including a maintenance and test schedule for all ITL experimental hardware.
  • Continuously create learning and technological opportunities for CU engineering students, ensuring that students have modern, robust technology at their disposal.
  • Provide on-demand assistance and troubleshooting expertise to students and instructors who have trouble with equipment or software.
  • Anticipate needs and maintains supplies of required laboratory and technical materials.
  • Perform all repairs and/or contact the appropriate technical support and repair services.
  • Purchase equipment for the ITL in collaboration with the Operations and Systems Engineer to handle contract negotiations with vendors.

Experiment Development and Continuous Improvement
  • Establish ITL module guidelines with the Operations and Systems Engineer and engineering team to ensure that new designs meet ITL facility requirements (e.g., physical storage limitations, hardware and software compatibility, robust usability standards, documentation, etc.) and integrate easily with the LabStation data acquisition system.
  • Evaluate ITL experiments for effectiveness in demonstrating fundamental concepts to students in intriguing and informative ways. Periodically interview users to assess the quality of the experiments and the learning experience, which includes developing and analyzing student and faculty feedback surveys.
  • Collaborate with ITL users and staff to continually upgrade and enhance the ITL experimental hardware and experimental-modules infrastructure.
  • Suggest and formulate improvements (e.g., more usable, more robust, conform to storage limitations).
  • Collaborate with students, TAs and professors to develop, design and build new ITL experiments and replicate existing ITL hardware and equipment.
  • Remain informed of ongoing and future plans in all departments regarding the use of the ITL Laboratory.
  • Actively encourage and recommend use of ITL resources in courses throughout the College staff and faculty.
  • Collect, develop, write, improve, maintain and/or supply relevant documentation on all ITL fabrication, modules, and experimental hardware (digital and hard copy). This includes equipment and hardware manuals. Provide document revision control, as needed.
  • Keep the online Module Directory current for users as a catalog for key module information and documentation links. Provide documentation to TAs and professors using or developing ITL modules.
  • Track ITL scheduled and unscheduled usage (such as workshop participation) and provide summary reports.

K-12 Engineering Education Support
  • Support ITL Program K-12 Engineering Education program activities by providing technical and instructional support and promoting the shared use of the ITL experimental hardware.
  • Serve as an engineering role model for visitors, making a positive impression and promoting interest in engineering and technology careers.
  • Develop ITL experiments tailored for K-12 applications; teach assists and/or technically support K-12 workshops and classes, as needed. Maintain hands-on interactive lobby exhibits.
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

What you should know:
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.
  • We are looking to hire two vacancies for this position.

What we can offer:

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $60,000.00, commensurate with experience. The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What we require:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field.

What you will need:
  • Experience in system development, engineering testing, or robotics.
  • Proficiency using SolidWorks/CAD and LabView.
  • Hands-on experience with electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to use prior experience and knowledge to quickly troubleshoot, diagnose and solve complex problems using appropriate technology.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with a team to lead projects, diagnose repairs and recommend upgrades.
  • Negotiates resourceful win/win solutions in a respectful manner.
  • Ability to thrive in an interrupt driven, service-focused, and fast-paced environment where quick decision-making and multitasking are demonstrated daily.
  • Cultivates an atmosphere of helpfulness, responsiveness, respect, flexibility and courtesy.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff and students from around the world.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Three years of hands-on engineering experience, preferably in mechanical, electrical or aerospace engineering.
  • Proficiency and demonstrated experience with data acquisition hardware and software.
  • Experience teaching technical skills, labs or related material.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by August 14, 2017.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

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1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

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Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10308 - Engin Dn-Integratd Teachng Lab

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 4, 2017

Closing Date: Aug 14, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00736774