ME Undergraduate Labs Engineer
Fort Collins, CO
Job posting number: #7063774
Posted: February 17, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionDescription of Work Unit
As one of the nation’s top public research universities, Colorado State University is a land-grant institution, with enrollment of more than 33,000 students. CSU offers 76 undergraduate degree programs, 114 graduate degree programs, 21 professional master’s degree programs, and a Professional Veterinary Medicine program. CSU’s world-class research and scholarship attract more than $370 million in research funding every year, ranking second nationally in federal research funding for universities without a medical school. Fort Collins is an attractive community of approximately 170,000 located along the Colorado Front Range at the base of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. The city is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. It consistently ranks high on quality of life measures by numerous publications; see https://www.fcgov.com/visitor/awards for the complete list. The Front Range has developed into a high-tech hub with companies such as Woodward, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Broadcomm, AMD, Xilinx, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman located in or near Fort Collins. The city offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. For more information on Fort Collins, check out the City’s website: www.visitftcollins.com.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Colorado State University (CSU) offers a curriculum that integrates exceptional classroom learning and in-depth engineering practice for an unparalleled educational experience. Made up of 34 faculty members, 8 staff members, 1,000 undergraduate students, and 125 graduate students, ME is one of the largest departments on CSU’s campus. State-of-the-art labs provide unmatched, hands-on experience to help undergraduate students conceptualize industry environments, and $7.5M in annual research funding provide groundbreaking opportunities focusing on health, materials, and energy, for graduate students to enhance their educational concentrations. Award-winning faculty offer industry and academic perspective, and equip each graduate with the tools needed to obtain leading positions in advanced technology fields. The Mechanical Engineering program at CSU includes majors in both Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering-Mechanical Engineering; both curriculum combine classroom learning with engineering practice. Our goal is to give our graduates the engineering skills they need to obtain leading positions in advanced technology fields. Our students are integral members of our research groups and their thesis and dissertation topics focus on cutting-edge research. Further information about the Department can be found at www.engr.colostate.edu/me/.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University is seeking a lab support engineer to provide long-term consistent, professional support of its instructional laboratories (materials science and engineering, thermo/fluids, dynamics and vibrations, and mechatronics). The individual will be working with faculty/staff members and graduate/undergraduate students at the university in support of instructional laboratories, and be responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the equipment in the undergraduate laboratories; this includes but is not limited to: trouble shooting, installing, repairing, and reconfiguring lab equipment, data acquisitions systems and software packages. The selected individual will also develop written laboratory practices, implement new apparatus and control software, while supervising and observing undergraduate students and ensuring undergraduate labs are operated in a safe manner.
Required Job Qualifications
1. Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, industrial technology, or a closely related field.
2. Ability to physically move lab equipment, tools and materials when necessary (50 lbs, weekly, with assistance of other employees).
3. Experience with an instrumentation-related laboratory (e.g. metrology, structures, materials, robotics)
4. Demonstrated collaboration with various groups of people, including students, faculty, staff and other collaborators within and external to an institution.
5. Proficiency with Windows OS, MS Office (specifically Excel), and demonstrated knowledge / experience with engineering applications such as MATLAB, LabVIEW.
6. Excellent written communication skills.
Preferred Job Qualifications
1. Three years relevant industry or academic experience in an experimental laboratory.
2. Experience with instrumentation, data loggers, sensors (acquisition, installation, application, calibration, recording), and controls.
3. Fabrication experience (specifically CNC experience).
4. Demonstrated capacity to manage multiple projects and priorities.
5. Proficiency with a wide variety of Windows-based computers at the hardware level (i.e., memory, hard drives, optical and other storage devices, wired and wireless networking), system backups, and computer cloning.
6. Self-driven and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
7. Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.