Unmanned Aircraft Laboratory Specialist

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Engineering
Functional Areas: College of Engineering & Applied Science
Department: Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing Grand Challenge (IRISS)
Requisition Number: 11651
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Classified Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 29-Jul-2018

Job Summary

The Department of Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing welcomes applications for an Unmanned Aircraft Laboratory Specialist. Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, this position oversees the day-to-day operations of the Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS) fabrication lab. This position helps to build and maintain Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), actively teaches students how to use the required tools to accomplish their tasks, manages inventory and performs inventory control. Success in this position includes organizing, distributing, establishing priorities to meet project deadlines, training students, and verifying their work. This position requires a valid driver’s license from the State of Colorado and passing a Motor Vehicle Record check.

Who We Are

At the University of Colorado Boulder, IRISS transforms data-collection technologies and strategies by facilitating 4D sight through a ground-to-space sensing column with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating in the atmosphere integrated with ground-based and spaced-based observation systems. IRISS, a pillar of the CU Boulder Grand Challenge, is a multi-disciplinary team that leads the design, development, and deployment of novel remote and in-situ sensing systems to exploit mobility enabled by aerospace systems to enhance data collection from the ground, in the atmosphere, and from space. With its partners, IRISS explores commercial opportunities and fosters discussions on the ethical, legal, and social policy implications of new technologies and big-data collection.

We utilize the capabilities of our sensing sytem for a myriad of purposes ranging from improved climate and weather forecasting, to better-informed government policy making, and addressing the multitude of emerging research and education challenges to prepare the workforce of the twenty-first century.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

IRISS Fabrication Laboratory Coordination

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the IRISS integration and fabrication laboratories to establish priorities, and to ensure adherence to schedules and safety guidelines.
  • Conduct specialized technical tasks for faculty, student, and external customers to design, fabricate, and repair UAS and other IRISS equipment. This requires some knowledge of related skills including CAD/CAM design, woodworking, using epoxy, soldering, etc.
  • Utilize a variety of equipment such as drills, band saws, a 3D printer and soldering station to fabricate specialized products and to educate students in their use.
  • Coordinate the execution of experiments, projects and services with students and faculty to produce one-of-a-kind products.
  • Verify the work of students to ensure efficiency and quality of output.
  • Remain current on new developments, skills, and knowledge in UAS and related fields.
  • Act as a resource to instruct and resolve issues for faculty and students related to manufacturing as issues arise. This includes providing technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of results.
  • Coordinate and participate in IRISS field activities, as needed.

Electronics Integration and Soldering

  • Review, test, evaluate, and modify electronics and equipment as needed by IRISS programmatic needs.
  • Assist in design and integration of systems for use in the field.

Inventory, Tool, and Vehicle Maintenance

  • Maintain equipment and perform repairs.
  • Arrange for servicing to ensure equipment is properly calibrated.
  • Keep and track tool equipment inventory, determine which tools are needed, recommend equipment and material purchases to Research Services Professionals.
  • Monitor IRISS fleet vehicles (Ford Explorers, Ford Expedition, IRISS mobile collaboratory) to assure proper performance for field work and schedules repairs and maintenance.
  • Ensure student compliance with safety regulations in the use of tools and machines, including behavior around moving parts and the proper storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials, such as fuels and LiPo batteries.

What You Should Know

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.
  • Must be a current Colorado resident to apply.
  • Within the first 30 days, the employee must be able to obtain and maintain a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) certification. The CMV certification is required to operate the Mobile Research Collaboratory vehicle, but is not a pre-requisite for the position.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $45,000.00, 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

  • Two years of laboratory experience related to the work assigned to the position in machining, fabricating, maintaining and installing precision devices, instruments and equipment.
    • Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

What You Will Need

  • Must be approachable and highly customer service oriented.
  • Ability to cultivate an atmosphere of helpfulness, responsiveness, respect, flexibility and courtesy.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent teamwork with a willingness to go above and beyond to meet organizational goals.
  • Ability to work well with multiple people at varying levels including faculty, staff, and students.
  • Aptitude to teach, train, coach and mentor students.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to interact with various student learning styles and backgrounds.
  • Detail-oriented, but also able to strategically conceive and coordinate long-term projects planned over a long period of time.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communications skills.
  • 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 Would Like You To Have

  • Three years of experience in each of the following areas:
    • Building and maintaining Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
    • 3D printing.
    • Linux and Windows operating systems.
  • Familiarity with embedded computers such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
  • Experience with teaching, training or coaching in a machine and/or welding shop environment.
  • Knowledge of radio control and soldering techniques.
  • Experience interacting with faculty and college students.
  • Proficiency in CAD/CAM software packages such as SolidWorks.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants.
  • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to [email protected] or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  • If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

  • You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

    Select here for additional information regarding Classified Staff positions: www.cu.edu/cu-careers/special-instructions-classified-staff-applicants

    Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

    Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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    Posted: 7/12/2018
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