Machine Shop/Lab Manager I

United States, North America
Feb 28, 2014

Machine Shop/Lab Manager I


Position Status
Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function
Has the overall responsibility for the proper and safe functioning of all teaching laboratories in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and Biochemistry. Maintains, plans, designs, and fabricates various equipment and instrumentation in teaching and research laboratories. Confers with faculty and student researchers on design specifications, safety, costs and other factors in the repair, maintenance, calibration, and construction of laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

Posting Date

Closing Date
Open Until Filled


Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Designs and fabricates laboratory equipment for experiments involving material handling, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, mechanical, optical, and process control used in undergraduate teaching laboratories, MQP projects, and graduate research

Provides routine maintenance and repairs for above listed equipment

Machine shop responsibilities include precision machining, drilling, planing, grinding, cutting, and other machine shop procedures

Dismantles, packs, and stores some of the equipment when not in use.

Maintains adequate stock and machine tools in the teaching laboratories and the machine shop. Takes periodic inventories of shop supplies, tools and materials. Requisitions and maintains laboratory supplies, equipment, and materials.

Maintains work area and assigned laboratories in safe, neat and operating condition.

Provides guidance to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in the safe operation of laboratory instruments and machine shop equipment

Assigns and supervises the work of a small number of student employees. Helps in updating and modernizing experiments and equipment in the teaching laboratories. Assists faculty in designing and developing new experiments for courses.

Safety is a critical component of this position in any science/engineering department. Examples of activities include adequate training and supervision of students on the use of hand and machine tools; control access to the machine shop; technical input into the design and making of experimental equipment; safe set-up and operation of equipment in the Unit Operations Lab; manage hazardous materials such as flammable liquids and hazardous waste in the UO Lab; consult with students and sign-off on the ChE Dept’s lab safety authorization sheet; report unsafe conditions for corrective actions; interact with the EOS Manager in all matters pertaining to environmental and occupational safety; and respond to and report hazardous material spills.

Position Requirements
A complete vocational education background with a minimum of 5-10 years of experience.

Requires knowledge of tools, equipment, methods, and practices of the machinist trade.

Ability to read and make drawings for jobs and full knowledge of shop math.

Familiarity with teaching laboratory equipment.

Special Instructions to Applicants
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All applications and materials MUST be submitted online.
No phone calls please.

EEO Information
To enrich education through diversity, WPI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Criminal Background check statement
A pre-employment criminal records check is required.