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40% - Instructs and mentors students in the proper use of CNC and manual machine tools.  Supports the Wilson Center Manager in developing, revising, and delivering standardized training materials.  Promotes the use of standard operating procedures for tools and equipment within the Wilson Center.


25% – Under the direction of the Wilson Center Manager, promotes a professional safety culture and maintains working areas, machinery, equipment and working conditions in compliance with accepted standards.  


15% - Provides oversight of multiple part-time student lab assistants including assisting in the training of new staff members, communicating instructions, and assigning work to others.


10% - Coordinates receiving, inventory, storage, and disposal of supplies, materials, and tools 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 Wilson Center Manager to identify and address building maintenance and security issues.

Required Qualifications*

  • Associates degree/trade certificate or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to following and monitoring safety protocols
  • Experience in the use and maintenance of a variety of standard hand and power tools, and CNC and manual machine tools
  • Familiarity with CAD/CAM software and CNC programming
  • Ability to prioritize work and to perform multiple duties when necessary, switching between tasks safely
  • Strong organizational skills
  • 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
  • The person in this position routinely ascends/descends ladders and stairs and positions self under tables to install and maintain equipment, and moves objects weighing up to 250lbs within and around the laboratory
  • This position requires moving throughout the building to inspect the laboratory, supplies, and equipment for safety concerns and maintenance needs

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other relevant discipline
  • Two years of relevant full-time experience in a professional manufacturing or machine shop or makerspace
  • Experience with 5S and lean practices
  • Experience teaching and mentoring students on the use of CNC and manual machine tools
  • Experience with Haas and ProtoTRAK CNC controls
  • Experience welding
  • Familiarity with relevant occupational safety and health regulations
  • Experience working in a university environment
  • Experience in designing components for fabrication and/or manufacture
  • Experience in facility management and maintenance of building mechanical and information technology systems

Additional Information

The Wilson Student Team Project Center is a 24/7 workshop where students can experience hands-on prototype 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 is an entry level position supporting 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, maintaining supply inventory, supervising temporary staff, and performing other related duties as assigned.  The ideal candidate will be an avid learner, enjoy teaching established and newly acquired 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.


Incumbents to this position will have a great deal of flexibility in defining their own 40 hour per week permanent schedule.


In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future.


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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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