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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


40% E - Instructs and mentors students in material selection, part geometry, tolerances, and proper use of CNC and manual mills and lathes, CNC router, drill press, horizontal and vertical band saws, brake, shear, punch, arbor press, hydraulic press, slip roll, notcher, sander, sandblaster, grinders, welders, and various hand and power tools.  Instructs and mentors students in proper use of downdraft paint booth, snorkels, sanding tables, and fume hoods.  Promotes the use of standard operating procedures for tools and equipment within the Wilson Center, and contributes to efforts to standardize procedures for common equipment with other U-M instructional laboratories.

25% E – Assists the Wilson Center Director and Manager to promote a professional safety culture among staff, students and visitors.  Maintains working areas, machinery, equipment and working conditions in compliance with occupational safety and health regulations and standards of cleanliness.  Ensures the availability, readiness and proper use of required accident prevention procedures, safety and fire prevention equipment, protective clothing and devices, and first aid supplies. 

15% E - Provides functional supervision to 3.0 FTE part-time student lab assistants including working as group leader, assisting in the training of new staff members, communicating instructions, maintaining employee records, and assigning work to others.

10% E - Coordinates the ordering, delivery, inventory, storage, maintenance, and disposal of supplies, materials, tools, and equipment essential to the operation of the Wilson Center, including hazardous material handling and waste disposal.

10% - Acts as Facilities Assistant for Gorguze Family Laboratory and Wilson Student Team Project Center.  Assists Facilities & Operations staff with building maintenance and security issues including visual inspections of building condition and daily observation of possible maintenance issues.  Maintains liaison with building occupants for maintenance, repair, and custodial services, locking and unlocking doors, coordinating utility shutdowns, and updating the building directory.  Serves as the Building Coordinator for the College of Engineering Emergency Response Team, card access system coordinator, and authorized signer for key requisitions.  Assists with audiovisual and classroom needs, set-up, and maintenance of equipment, such as LCD projectors, desktop computers and peripherals.

Required Qualifications*

  • Associates degree/trade certificate or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • One or more years of relevant full-time experience in a professional manufacturing or machine shop
  • Expertise in the use and maintenance of a variety of standard hand and power tools, CNC and manual machine tools, and welding equipment
  • Proficiency with CAD/CAM software and CNC programming
  • Familiarity with relevant occupational safety and health regulations
  • Ability to prioritize work and to perform multiple duties when necessary, switching between tasks safely
  • Strong organizational skill
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and spoken)
  • Ability to effectively coordinate the activities of others
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of individuals, including students
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a Michigan Drivers License, be able to pass a DOT physical exam, and have a good driving record
  • Ability to perform a wide range of physical activities such as moving, transporting, ascending/descending ladders, remaining in a stationary position for extended periods, working in outdoor locations, etc.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or closely related discipline
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) certified
  • Experience with Haas and ProtoTRAK CNC controls
  • Experience teaching and mentoring students on the use of CNC and manual machine tools and welding equipment
  • Experience working in a university environment
  • Experience in designing components for fabrication and/or manufacture
  • Experience with 5S and lean practices
  • Experience in facility management and maintenance of building mechanical and information technology systems

Additional Information

The Wilson Student Team Project Center empowers students by providing a 24/7 facility where they can experience hands-on development and fabrication, enhance their understanding of engineering theory, and apply their knowledge in a practical setting. The Wilson Center furnishes students with a unique opportunity to experience professional engineering practice, interact with one another, share ideas, showcase their projects, and take smart risks in a supportive multidisciplinary environment.

Wilson Center shop personnel, consisting of a full-time laboratory manager, full-time laboratory technician, part-time engineering technician, and numerous temporary student workers, currently train hundreds of student users per year in basic shop safety, manual and CNC machining, welding, and other prototyping and fabrication skills.  In addition to hands-on skills training, shop personnel teach design for manufacturing by helping students learn how to convert an idea into a physical prototype, advising on issues such as part geometry, selection of materials, tolerances, and more.  The Wilson Center shop has extensive open hours, including evenings and weekends, to support extracurricular student design competition teams, entrepreneurial projects, and project-based courses.  During open hours, shop personnel actively interact with students to ensure safe operation of equipment, provide additional skills instruction, and advise on component design and construction.

The Laboratory Technician and Facilities Assistant supports the daily operations of the Wilson Center by monitoring the student machine shop, training and mentoring participating students and student project teams, modeling best practices in industrial and laboratory safety and organization, purchasing equipment and supplies, supervising temporary staff, and performing other related duties as assigned.  The ideal candidate will be highly proficient in manual and CNC machine tool operations, will enjoy teaching these skills to students in a highly flexible environment, and will convey the appropriate balance between risk management and the value of experiential learning.  This position requires a confident yet patient technician who works well with a diverse population of college students under minimal supervision, is comfortable adapting procedures, techniques, tools, materials and/or equipment to meet special needs, and resolves most questions and problems independently, referring only the most complex issues to higher levels.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.