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Prototyping Manager (Job 9152)

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

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The Prototype Design Engineer is a new staff position that is key in extending the services and professional engineering support provided to Sears think[box] users engaged in the wide range of design/build projects using the equipment and processes found on the Prototyping Floor of the Richey Mixon Building. This position will be a qualified engineer with proven experience in design and manufacturing who can apply sound professional engineering judgement to creatively solve product design challenges.  An additional key role will be to provide creative engineering advice and product design guidance to Case Western Reserve University and community entrepreneurs engaged in venture creation. The prototype design engineer will assist the Programs Director of Prototyping, Art and Community Engagement with managing a team of student technicians, creating and delivering training, and be responsible for the installation and maintenance of 3rd floor equipment. 



  1. Design and Manufacturing: Provide; 2D and 3D design expertise and creative solutions to design and manufacturing project challenges, expertise in 3D additive processes, material selection, and preparation of 3D models for prototyping using digital processes. Consult with faculty to advise on curriculum-relevant design projects. Support users who are engaged in academic, research, entrepreneurial, and extra-curricular design/build projects by providing mentoring in material selection, determining appropriate prototyping processes, and applying best engineering practices. (60%)
  2. Training: Assist the Programs Director of Prototyping, Art and Community Engagement in recruiting, training, and managing a team of student technicians that support user product design and prototyping requests, perform routine equipment maintenance, and run professional 3D printing services. (20%)
  3. Prototyping Equipment: Responsible for managing the installation, operation and maintenance of typical digital prototyping equipment (e.g., 3D printers, Laser Cutters, basic electronics, 3D scanner, etc.) and design software. Assist the director in the selection, purchase and installation of new and replacement prototyping equipment, and be responsible for managing the ordering of equipment supplies, replacement parts, and consumables required for the 3rd floor operations and community programs. (15%)




Assist with day-to-day Sears think[box] operations. Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)



Department: Continuous contact with Sears think[box] management, faculty, staff, students, and community visitors. Occasional contact with the Executive Director, and Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, to assist on special tasks and projects.

University: Moderate contact with university 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.

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

Students: Continuous contact with students using think[box] resources, in particular those involved with 3rd floor design/build/validate projects and competitions.



Assist in the recruitment, training and managing of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Art undergraduate student technicians.



Experience: 5 years of proven professional design and manufacturing experience required. Experience supervising and/or instructing undergraduate students engaged in design/make project work would be a distinct advantage.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent required. A graduate degree in an engineering discipline preferred.



  1. Experience with the application of 3D Design (e.g., SolidWorks) and 2D Graphical Design (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw) software.
  2. Practical Design/Make experience.
  3. Experience with a variety of manual and computer-controlled fabrication and prototyping machines and equipment, including, but not limited to laser cutters/engravers, 3D printers, rapid prototyping processes, and bench tools.
  4. Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required to provide coverage primarily for the Sears think[box] Prototyping Floor.
  5. Ability to explain/demonstrate/instruct prototyping manufacturing skills.
  6. Experience with using basic woodworking processes and machinery would be an advantage.
  7. Ability to engage and motivate students from multiple backgrounds (art, music, engineering, science) engaged in design/build/validate projects
  8. Strong interpersonal and management skills.
  9. A successful record of creative project design, management, manufacture, testing and delivery.
  10. Ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects.
  11. A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace.
  12. Excellent organizational skills open to direction and a commitment to get the job done.
  13. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  14. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.



Duties will require working with various manual and computer-controlled machines and processes, laser cutting and engraving and manipulating a range of 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.



Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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