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Job Summary

The Biosciences Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is seeking a full time Mechanical Technician Associate to be a team player and work in the various research labs conducting research as well as impact and static testing. The candidate will interface and communicate with the lab supervisor, Research Engineers and the Primary Investigators.

*This is a one year, term limited position with the possibility of annual renewal.

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is recognized internationally for our multidisciplinary research focusing on transportation safety and mobility ( We maintain the highest standards of excellence as we conduct research that improves peoples’ lives through access to safe and equitable mobility. UMTRI is a non-degree-granting unit within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan that includes 20 faculty members, 65 research staff, and over 100 student researchers. During the last fiscal year, UMTRI generated $19M in research expenditures with funding from a wide range of government agencies and industry partners.


  • Setup and take down fixtures and equipment related to the specific research projects, including load cells, accelerometers, cameras and other delicate sensors
  • Effectively complete maintenance, testing, inspections or equipment installation on vehicles using appropriate tools including sockets, wrenches, impact drivers, drills, hoists, saws and power tools
  • Routinely move and assemble steel structures, automotive seats and components up on a test sled weighing 40+ pounds.
  • Frequently and regularly access the work platform and other designated work areas in order to access vehicles and perform installation, inspection, and maintenance for extended periods of time. 
  • Regularly and frequently position one self to effectively access, inspect, and perform inspection, installation, and maintenance on all portions of vehicles, including the top and underside of the vehicle for extended periods of time. 
  • Routinely work on car interiors installing sensors and running hidden wires under trim and along the underside of the chassis
  • Prepare tested equipment for shipping
  • Load and unload trucks using a forklift
  • Fabricate simple test fixtures using Mills, Lathe, Drill Press and sheet metal equipment
  • Repair electrical devices by troubleshooting and soldering connections.  
  • Work with other departments on joint projects and interface with sled lab customers who are testing
  • Regularly communicate with researchers and supervisor(s) directly using email and phone
  • Organize and maintain clean work areas and laboratories

Required Qualifications*

  • High school education or equivalent with 0-3 years experience
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload
  • Adept in the use of all hand tools including drills, saws, files, portable power tools, wrenches, screwdrivers, and mechanics tools as need for maintenance and building of lab equipment
  • Familiarity with sheet metal fabrication tools including the Shear, Brake, Roller and forming tools. 
  • Basic proficiency with CAD software
  • Basic computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ability to solder fine wires to new connectors a plus
  • Ability to operate all machine shop equipment including Lathes, Mills, Drill Presses, Band Saws and Grinders
  • Proficient at MIG and TIG welding
  • Proficient at using and programming CNC machinery

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be a world-wide 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:


In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers comprehensive benefits* including vacation and sick time, medical insurance including dental and vision, life insurance, retirement plan with matching contributions after one year of service, an expanded long-term disability option, continuing education reimbursement and several others. (*Comprehensive benefits information can be found at:

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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.

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