Location: Rolla
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 38435
Hiring Department S&T Army Research Center Application DeadlineOpen Until Filled Full Time/Part TimeFull Time, Benefit Eligible Salary$19.47-$27.38/hourJob Description

This position contributes to the effectiveness of the research and teaching laboratories of the S&T Army Research Center through the direct operation, maintenance, use, and care of research equipment, instruments, tools, and machinery, or in assistance to or training others in the same. Responsibilities include interacting and collaborating with faculty, students, and external parties to support research, experimentation, and instruction; and devising or recommending technical solutions and enforcing safety and operating protocols, rules, and guidelines. Oversees scheduling and supervision of multiple graduate research assistants in laboratory operations and equipment use.

Key Responsibilities

Operate and maintain major research instrumentation and apparatus. Provide decisions on all experiential arrangement and set-up including sensors, hardware, software, hydraulic and mechanical systems and safety protocols.

Perform routine preventative and corrective maintenance of precision instrumentation, major lab equipment and heavy machinery. Make adjustments, fabricate or replace parts on various instruments and machinery. Keep tools and equipment in operational order by performing or supervising routine calibrations and preventative maintenance. Recommend replacement of existing equipment or acquisition of new equipment.

Recommend and maintain hardware platforms to integrate sensors and data acquisition equipment into experimental arrangements. Work directly with faculty, graduate students, and design teams to understand their needs, methods, and engineering processes. Advise and direct appropriate technical solutions to enable completion of research and laboratory studies and experiments.

Assist faculty and students with designs for research projects and special equipment. Interact with researchers to discuss means, methods, and possible problems involved in translating their ideas, engineering processes or plans into operable apparatus; advise them of equipment or parts availability and possible alternative designs that might meet their needs. Coordinate with other campus departments or outside consultants during this process as necessary.

Coordinate and schedule use of laboratory equipment and instrumentation for both research and teaching. Address scheduling conflicts.

Assist in the setup of departmental physical and electronic experimental arrangements, with input on experimental design and equipment use. Propose or develop plans for and directly perform or oversee the fabrication and assembly of parts, instruments, and equipment. Prepare for systems testing to include a high degree of safety planning and oversight to load equipment performance and calibration; and make real-time decisions during testing, assessing the systems actions, safety, and data collection.

Supervise and train students on equipment operations, safety protocols and testing procedures. Enforce safety and operations rules and guidelines, including suspending lab privileges to maintain a safe environment if deemed necessary.

Maintain expertise and proficiency in the use of equipment and tools. Obtain and maintain required certifications and state licensure to operate heavy equipment (crane, forklift, scissors lift, cer truck). Exercise necessary precision and care in the use of expensive and complex instruments and automated machinery. Proficiently use hand machine tools such as milling machines, drill presses, lathes, saws, drills, and other shop equipment. Weld and operate complex hydraulic systems for structural testing.

Control inventory of supplies and materials. Review shop account and purchase requisitions; maintain equipment inventories; and assume responsibility for the issuance of tools and materials. Select and order parts, assist with shipping and receiving.

Coordinate work performed by outside venders and contractors.

Ensure that the S&T Army Research Center is in compliance with EHS regulations with regard to storage and waste materials.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

A High School Diploma and a Graduate of Technical School with specialized courses in one or more of the following areas: Equipment Maintenance and Controls, Electronics and Computers, Electrical and Control Systems, Mechanical Systems, etc.


The final candidate is required to provide copies of official transcript(s) for any college degree(s) listed in application materials submitted. Copies of transcript(s) should be provided prior to the start of employment. In addition, the final candidate may be required to verify other credentials listed in application materials.

Failure to provide official transcript(s) or other required verification may result in the withdrawal of the job offer.

All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

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