Fabrication Manager

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Job Title: Fabrication Manager
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8455
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Working with a high degree of independence and under the general direction of the Director of Design and Manufacturing, to assist in the management floors 4 and 5 of Sears think[box] – including a wood and metal fabrication workshop (floor 4), and project space and design studio (floor 5). Provide design and manufacturing expertise, mentoring and technical support to students, faculty and staff. Create and deliver training programs and programmatic activities in the areas of design (CAD/CAM/CAE) as well as digital and manual fabrication, including manual and computer controlled lathes, milling machines, manual surface grinders, drill presses, MIG/TIG welding, and digital prototyping equipment including a ShopBot and waterjet cutter. Perform routine maintenance on machines where applicable, and manage inventory for consumables and supplies. Formulate, document and enforce access, safety and training policies. Develop and implement innovative design/ make/ validate STEM activities and workshops both at the collegiate and secondary grades 8 to 12 levels.


    Design and Fabrication Engineering (60%): Provide design/ manufacturing expertise, mentor and provide technical guidance to a variety of students engaged in academic, research, entrepreneurial, and extra-curricular design/ build projects. Provide expertise to faculty in developing design/make/validate projects. Develop, validate, implement and maintain training material, procedures, tutorials, study guides, quizzes, in-person classes, on the safe use of Sears think[box] equipment, machinery and processes.Maintenance and Inventory Control (10%): Develop and implement an effective and efficient routine maintenance system, including daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly tasks.Policy Development and Implementation (10%): Oversee and ensure a safe working environment; maintain safe operating procedures for all workshop equipment and processes.Student Staff Management (20%): Recruit, train, and manage student workers necessary to staff the fabrication and projects floors of think[box] to provide open access to equipment and machines during think[box] posted open hours.


    Participate in and respond to day-to-day Sears think[box] operations.Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Continuous contact with Sears think[box] management, faculty, staff, students, and community visitors regarding projects. Occasional contact with executive director to assist on special tasks and projects.

University: Moderate contact with CWRU faculty and staff to advise and assist on design/make related activities. Occasional contact with the offices of the president and provost, deans of schools and colleges, and central administration to exchange information.

External: Moderate contact with alumni, potential donors, local companies, potential clients, local K-12 educators and students regarding policies/ projects.

Students: Continuous contact with students using think[box] resources, in particular those involved with design/build/validate projects and competitions regarding projects.


Supervise CWRU and CIA undergraduate student workers.


Experience: 3 to 5 years related experience; prefer experience in a college/university or non-profit setting.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.


    Excellent communication, interpersonal and project management skills.Proven record of successfully developing, managing and assessing ‘Design/Make/Validate’ projects.Experience with a variety of manual and computer-controlled fabrication machines and equipment, including, but not limited to: manual lathes/milling/grinding machines, CNC lathe/milling machines, rapid prototyping processes, and standard manual machine and bench tools.Ability to engage and motivate students from multiple backgrounds (art, music, engineering, science) engaged in design/build/validate projectsExperience with the application of computer-aided-design (CAD), computer-aided analysis (CAE), and computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software systems.A working knowledge of SolidWorks design and manufacturing software would be an advantage.Experience with using basic woodworking processes and machinery would be an advantage.Ability to explain/ demonstrate manufacturing workshop skills.Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required to provide coverage primarily for the Sears think[box] ‘makerspaces’A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace.Excellent organizational skills, open to direction and a commitment to get the job done.


The employee’s duties will require working with various manual and computer-controlled machines and processes, machining and manipulating a wide range of ferrous, non-ferrous, polymeric, and wood-based materials. None of the processes or materials will present any toxic hazards. The duties of the position will involve occasional travel supporting students in external competitions, and working flexible hours in the evenings and weekends.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.





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Posted: 10/6/2020
Application Due: 12/5/2020
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