Engineering Lab and Studio Manager

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Engineering Lab and Studio Manager

*Cover letter is required with application.*

Summary: The Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University launched in August 2017 and seeks an Engineering Labs and Studio Manager to assist with designing and operating academic spaces for teaching and research. The Lab Manager will be expected to manage people, spaces, and equipment necessary to support a range of engineering projects.

Position Overview: The new Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University seeks an Engineering Labs and Studios Manager to help design and build a modern and experiential undergraduate engineering program by working with students and faculty in a variety of engineering projects and lab experiences related to both teaching and research efforts. We strive to be a leader in undergraduate education with primary motivations being innovation in the curriculum, effective learning methods, an authentic liberal arts education educating the whole person, and featuring a project-based curriculum that emphasizes creative design and community partnerships. We seek colleagues who are excited about building a new program that embodies the values of empowerment, integrity, inclusion, compassion, growth, and joy in every layer of our fabric. Because the Department of Engineering and its student body are in the founding phase, applicants should be prepared for and excited about the extra opportunities and challenges that this start-up process entails. A successful applicant could start as early as Summer 2018.

Applicants should submit a (1) cover letter, (2) resume (could include an e-portfolio or similar documentation of past work), and (3) names/contact information for three professional references. Applicants are encouraged to provide examples of mentoring and potential to support student projects and learning new skills. References will only be contacted with prior approval of the applicant. Review of applications will begin on April 20, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled, with new applications reviewed on a regular cycle. Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to [email protected]. Inquiries about the position in general can be directed to Dr. Olga Pierrakos ([email protected]), Chair of the Department of Engineering.

Essential Functions for the Engineering Labs and Studios Manager:

  • Collaborate with faculty and students to specify, purchase, and organize equipment, furniture, tools, and supplies for engineering learning spaces and laboratories.
  • Consult with vendors on new products and benchmark programs at peer institutions to keep up-to-date on the latest technologies and techniques in engineering.
  • Train and supervise undergraduate students as studio and lab assistants.
  • Maintain accurate and complete budgetary records and inventories for labs and studios.
  • Assist with design of new experiments and project experiences for undergraduate courses.
  • Periodically provide training workshops for students and faculty to learn new equipment or tools.
  • Responsible for safety training and compliance for spaces and personnel through WFU Environmental Health & Safety and external entities as necessary.
  • Coordinate planning, maintenance, and repair for functional equipment in engineering learning spaces.
  • Manage multiple tasks or projects simultaneously.

Other Functions:

  • Assist with intramural and extramural proposals for support of new equipment or space needs.
  • Serve on committees and advise faculty and students on program development as requested.
  • Work with property management personnel to report building maintenance issues.
  • Take initiative to support multi-disciplinary projects.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • A bachelors’ degree or higher in a technical or related field, and work experience in industrial or academic setting.
  • A desire to mentor engineering students and to help them develop "hands-on" technical skills.
  • Ability to work with students from a range of backgrounds and skill levels.
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to new situations and department needs.
  • Ability to maintain, repair, or troubleshoot equipment in engineering teaching and research labs.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers including spreadsheet and online ordering programs.
  • Moderate physical activity including unloading inventory and standing for long periods of time.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience with the safe handling of chemicals.
  • Experience with engineering software for 2D and 3D Modeling (e.g., AutoDesk, Solidworks).
  • Support hardware and software for electromechanical equipment/systems, 3D modeling and other prototyping/fabrication equipment, instrumentation and data acquisition equipment/systems, etc.


Works independently. Reports to Department Chair. Hiring, training, and supervision of student assistants. Future supervision of professional staff as necessary. Operate within department budget for Labs and Studios, maintain accurate records of all expenditures and inventories.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably requested to assist faculty and students.

Department of Engineering:

Wake Forest University (WFU), a top-30 nationally ranked university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, welcomed its inaugural class of engineering students in August 2017. The Department of Engineering is the anchor program at the new Wake Downtown campus, located in Wake Forest’s Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem. Wake Downtown opened its doors in January 2017 and is a splendid canvas upon which to design and build a world-renowned engineering program.

In the nation, we are the only BS Engineering program (undergraduate students only), grounded in the liberal arts at a research university. This unique combination not only defines who we are, but defines our unique characteristics. Our students will graduate with a BS in Engineering and have an exemplary undergraduate experience infused with the liberal arts. Currently, the department has four faculty and 55 first-year students (40% female and 20% minority). Our vision for our engineering students is to be (a) leaders and agents of change embodying the WFU motto of Pro Humanitate (for humanity), (b) active seekers and creators of knowledge, (c) empowered with the engineering fundamentals but also strengthened with the breadth of an exceptional liberal arts education, (d) adaptive experts that recognize the strengths and limits of his/her knowledge and her/his team, (e) innovators by embracing inclusion, diversity, and equity, and (f) fearless in the face of complex problems. Further information about the Department of Engineering is available at

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity, and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States






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Posted: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 5/27/2018
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