Mechanical Engineering Instructional Machine Shop Manager

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Mechanical Engineering

Position Title: Mechanical Engineering Instructional Machine Shop Manager
Job Description:

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Instructional Machine Shop exists to support hands-on and project-based learning for coursework in the undergraduate degree program for a BS in Mechanical Engineering primarily, but also to support instruction for other degree programs including Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The ME Instructional Machine Shop also provides basic machining support for ME research projects. The ME Instructional Machine Shop is not a production shop.


The ME Instructional Machine Shop Manager reports directly to the ME Technical and Operations Manager.

The Shop Manager is responsible for all operational aspects of the Shop in support of its educational mission including safety, user training, and site and equipment service and maintenance. The Shop Manager is also responsible for the daily operations, planning, budgeting, reporting, safety and compliance, and facilitating a safe and clean environment conducive to the educational mission of the ME Department and Shop. The Shop Manager will assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with industry.

Specific duties include:

  • ME Instructional Machine Shop Management, Safety and Support
    • Produce and enforce a safety compliance plan that provides student and faculty access to the shop, as the ME Instructional Machine Shop Manager is responsible for the safety of all users of the shop.
    • Maintain a safe and clean shop for all users.
    • Provide supervision, oversight, and instruction of students and faculty performing class-related projects that require fabrication of mechanical parts.
    • Establish and maintain a tool inventory system to ensure that tools needed for coursework and projects are available for student and faculty use.
    • Ensure that the necessary equipment, materials and supplies needed in the shop are functional and available to students and faculty
    • Ensure that the shop is supervised and open -- supplemented by student worker support -- at least 40 hours a week, 12 months a year, minus holidays and campus closures.
    • Ensure all equipment is working effectively and efficiently; coordinate service on equipment as needed.
    • Continuously improve shop organization and flow; maximize space utilization in the shop.
    • Continuously improve and upgrade shop practices, equipment, and tooling to align with manufacturing and industry best practices.
    • Recruit, hire, train and supervise student Teaching Assistants and hourly workers in the shop.
    • Manage priority of use and workflow on the shop floor at times of high usage.
    • Act as liaison with Mines Facilities to ensure functionality of shop infrastructure, to include plumbing, electrical, and air handling.
    • Implement a safe and environmentally reasonable material recycling and waste disposal plan.
    • Manage compressed gasses for shop support (i.e., purchasing, refill orders, and storage).
  • ME Department Instructional and Program Support 
    • Collaborate with ME Department faculty and staff on a regular basis to coordinate shop support of coursework in the ME undergraduate curriculum.
    • Support the delivery of instructional material for Mechanical Engineering courses as needed.
    • Assist students and faculty with class projects and Capstone Senior Design projects.
    • Assist students and faculty with projects for ME Department research applications.
    • Establish and enact protocol for drawing reviews to allow for major equipment usage.
    • Review and troubleshoot student CAD drawings (e.g.., SolidWorks), and CAM programs (e.g., MasterCAM, Fusion360, etc.) for computer-aided machining.
    • Support grant or proposal writing efforts to support Shop and/or ME Department initiatives.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with industry, government and academic partners in support of Department efforts to develop collaborative relationships with industry partners.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering plus relevant and progressive industry experience OR an AAS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing, or related field plus significant industry experience or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
  • Instructional experience in an engineering/applied science setting.
  • Hands-on experience in manufacturing, manual and computer-aided machining, computer aided design (CAD), geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), TIG and MIG welding, and manufacturing equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Demonstrated and documented Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills; must be able to pass SolidWorks CSWA exam within 30 days of employment.
  • Demonstrated and documented experience in generating G-code from CAD drawings using MasterCAM, Fusion360 or similar.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; must be able to navigate and operate in shared drives (i.e., Google Drive).
  • Ability to navigate and utilize a learning management system (LMS) (e.g., Canvas, Blackboard).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with both internal (students, faculty and staff) and external (industry, service representatives, etc.) customers
  • Physically able to perform strenuous physical labor including occasional heavy lifting and standing for 6+ hours a day.
How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Application review will start on July 29th. 

Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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