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Job Summary

The Robotics Institute is looking for a team-oriented professional to provide support for courses, research laboratories, and student project teams using our new Robotics Makerspace. You will instruct and mentor users on the wide variety of tools in our electronics lab, digital fabrication shop and machine shop areas. You will model  a professional safety culture while maintaining makerspace areas, tools, and supplies with the support of part-time student lab assistants.  You will be comfortable adapting to new situations and resolving small issues independently.  You may have opportunities to help us develop hardware for new undergraduate level lab courses. Our institute is still growing, and as a member of our team you will have the chance to grow along with us. You will report to the manager of the Wilson Student Team Project Center, and work closely with the staff of this partner makerspace.


  • Instruct and mentor students in the proper use of 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC and manual machine tools, electronic test equipment, soldering tools, and surface mount PCB assembly equipment. Support the Wilson Center Manager in developing and delivering standardized training materials.
  • Under the direction of the Wilson Center Manager, promote diversity, equity and inclusion and a professional safety culture within the Robotics Makerspace. Maintain working areas, machinery, equipment and working conditions in compliance with accepted standards.
  •  Provide oversight of part-time student lab assistants including assisting in the training of new team members, communicating instructions, and assigning work to others.
  • Coordinate receiving, inventory, storage, and disposal of supplies, materials, and tools used in the Robotics Makerspace, including hazardous material handling and waste disposal.
  • Support faculty, staff and students with building electro-mechanical robotic systems and testbeds for robotics educational laboratories, including robot arms, wheeled robotic platforms, and multicopter platforms.

Required Qualifications*

  • Associates degree/trade certificate and 1 or more years relevant experience
  • Advanced experience in the use and maintenance of some combination of 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC and manual machine tools, electronic test equipment, soldering tools, or surface mount PCB assembly equipment
  • Basic experience with CAD/CAM software and CNC programming
  • Basic experience assembling and troubleshooting electrical circuit
  • Experience working with a diverse range of individuals

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or other relevant discipline
  • 3 years of relevant experience in a professional manufacturing or prototyping environment or a makerspace
  • Experience teaching and mentoring students on the use of digital fabrication tools
  • Experience in electronics hardware design, embedded software development, real-time control and data acquisition, and mechanical/mechatronics design
  • Experience in sea/land/air robotics

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at:

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.


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