Unmanned Aircraft Laboratory Coordinator

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Planning, Design, Construction
Functional Areas: College of Engineering & Applied Science
Department: Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing Grand Challenge (IRISS)
Requisition Number: 14728
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 07-Jan-2019

Job Summary

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, the Unmanned Aircraft Laboratory Coordinator leads 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 lab personnel 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 lab personnel, and verifying their work. Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.

This position requires the ability to obtain a valid driver’s license from the State of Colorado and passing a Motor Vehicle Record check. The position also requires ability to obtain and maintain a DOT medical card and Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) certification to operate vehicles essential to the position within 90 days of hire. The CMV certification is required to operate the Mobile Research Collaboratory vehicle, but is not a pre-requisite for the position.

Who We Are

Grand Challenges are ambitious but achievable goals that harness science, technology, and innovation to solve important national or global problems and that have the potential to capture the public’s imagination. On April 2, 2013, President Obama called on companies, research universities, foundations and philanthropists to join him in identifying and pursuing the Grand Challenges of the 21st century.

Our world is facing significant issues with a changing environment, increasing populations and limited resources. The intersection of people, resources and our planet is where CU Boulder can use its expertise in space-based observation and exploration to address our world’s most pressing problems.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

IRISS Lab Operations Management

  • Manage the execution of experiments, projects and services with lab personnel and faculty to produce one-of-a-kind products. Verifies the work of lab personnel to ensure efficiency and quality of output.
  • Act as a primary resource to instruct and resolve issues for faculty and lab personnel 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.
  • Responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the IRISS integration and fabrication laboratories and teaching lab equipment including equipment calibration, upgrades, and maintenance needed to maintain a safe, clean, organized, and effective learning environment students, and faculty.
  • Conduct specialized tasks projects for faculty, lab personnel, 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. Uses a variety of equipment such as drills, band saws, a 3D printer and soldering station to fabricate specialized products and to educate users.
  • Stay current on new developments, skills, and knowledge in UAS and related fields.
  • Coordinate and participate in IRISS field activities, as needed.
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.

Equipment Management and Safety

  • Cultivate a safe, neat and clean lab environment in which no injuries occur by supervising the lab when used by lab personnel, Teaching Assistants, and faculty, ensuring that safety practices are always employed and followed.
  • Develop policies and practices to increase lab safety.
  • Ensure 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.
  • Collaborate with faculty on course equipment/supply needs; maintain organized and detailed records of equipment inventory and vendors; justify and reconcile expenditures.
  • Establish operational procedures for testing equipment to ensure the longevity of the equipment.
  • Perform and document routine maintenance and calibration of equipment; coordinate and schedule repairs and maintenance of equipment, as needed from vendors.
  • 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.
  • Maintain equipment and perform repairs. Arranges for servicing to ensure equipment is properly calibrated. Keeps and tracks tool equipment inventory, determines which tools are needed, recommends 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.

Continuous Improvement and Support of IRISS Teaching Labs

  • Make recommendations on how to best serve the educational needs of IRISS students and teaching faculty by providing information about the usage, needs, and suggested changes. This is accomplished through assessing lab equipment and space, collaboration with faculty, personal observation and interaction with students.
  • Specify and procure lab equipment hardware, tools, digital media, and other equipment/supplies as needed to best equip the design spaces to assist lab personnel and teaching faculty. Make procurement decisions independently.
  • Identify teaching needs taught within the labs by working and communicating with department Instructors to select appropriate Teaching Assistants for the course; communicate TA appointment details to the department payroll liaison.
  • Assist the department with new designs and planning of teaching lab space updates and renovations, as needed.

What You Should Know

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and pass a Motor Vehicle Record check. Within the first 30 days, the employee must be able to obtain and maintain a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) certification which has a minimum age of 21.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, 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

  • Bachelor's degree including experience working in a fabrication laboratory or similar environment by troubleshooting and/or repair of common machining, fabricating, welding and installing precision devices, instruments and equipment.
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute on a year for year basis.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and pass a Motor Vehicle Record check. Within the first 30 days, the employee must be able to obtain and maintain a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) certification which has a minimum age of 21.

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational 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

  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace or Electrical Engineering.
  • Three years professional experience in Aerospace Engineering or related field with experience building and maintaining Unmanned Aircraft Systems, 3D printing, Linux and Windows operating systems.
  • Experience supervising engineering students in a teaching lab environment.
  • Knowledge of University reporting tools, financial and procurement policies and procedures.
  • 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.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

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

Please apply by January 7, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 12/9/2018
Application Due: 12/10/2018
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