The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University recently opened the Tech Spark prototyping facility, which has become a focal point for engineering education within the college and multi-disciplinary design projects across the University. The rapid fabrication area consists of 3D printing, laser cutting, hand tools, power tools, and electronics stations. Adjacent to rapid fabrication is a traditional metal shop, with construction ongoing to add a wood shop, welding room, paint room, and polymer casting room. Students utilize the facilities to plan, fabricate, prototype, test, and iterate their engineering designs. Through hands-on experiences, students learn design for fabrication and design for manufacture (component design, material selection, process selection, and more). Facilities personnel, consisting of full time professional staff and numerous student workers, host open hours for the facility to support hundreds of students completing projects for courses, clubs, entrepreneurship, and extracurricular activities.
The Tech Spark prototyping facility is seeking a Fabrication Manager to oversee day-to-day operations of the rapid fabrication area. The Fabrication Manager works with the Shop Manager to foster a collaborative management style throughout the facility and promote shared investment towards fulfilling the educational objectives of the facility. The Fabrication Manager requires strong interpersonal communication skills to lead their reporting staff of Fabrication Instructors and student workers. The Fabrication Manager and Fabrication Instructors leverage student workers to uphold safety policies and access controls during open hours. Professional staff also train student workers to assist them in conducting tasks including equipment maintenance, inventory checks, and improvement projects. Having this infrastructure permits staff to devote time to formally teach courses, informally instruct users, advise on design for fabrication and design for manufacture, mentor students, and empower our diverse community. Staff frequently move across all areas of this facility to support a holistic approach to prototyping through the integration of the computer cluster, assembly space, rapid fabrication lab, traditional machine shop, and new areas coming soon.
Manage student fabrication facilities in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Responsibilities include:
Supervise professional staff and student workers;
Manage schedules to ensure coverage for teaching, evening, and weekend hours;
Oversee maintenance, organization, inventory, documentation, billing, and improvement projects by professional staff and student workers;
Develop and implement training courses for students to learn safe use, correct operation, and maintain rapid fabrication equipment;
Organize and train professional staff and student workers to both formally and informally teach, mentor, and supervise student users in the safe and effective use of prototyping equipment including but not limited to: 3D printing, laser cutting, hand tools, and power tools;
Develop and deliver training programs and programmatic activities in the areas of fabrication tools and equipment to a variety of groups from external visiting youth to internal senior faculty;
Manage the coordination and support for academic courses, clubs, entrepreneurial, and extracurricular projects that utilize the prototyping facility;
Work actively with students to provide additional skills instruction, advise on component design and construction, teach design for fabrication and design for manufacture;
Provide design, fabrication, and prototyping advice to students, faculty, and staff engaged in academic, research, club, entrepreneurial, and extracurricular design-build projects;
Monitor open hours to ensure safe operation and adherence to access control for equipment;
Establish and maintain (in conjunction with university Environmental Health and Safety) personnel safety and environmental standards for regular operations;
Perform multiple duties safely, switch tasks as necessary to meet demand;
Have a passion to work closely with a diverse student body; and
Work with students, faculty, and staff in outreach activities.
Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering preferred
At least five years overall experience with two or more years of relevant full-time experience working in an industrial or educational design/fabrication facility
Two or more years of supervisory experience of technical personnel
Expertise in the use of various fabrication equipment. Proficiency including but not limited to: 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools, and power tools
Experience using CAD (Solidworks or other industry package)
Experience in designing components for fabrication and/or manufacture
Ability to safely prioritize work and to multitask duties when several are necessary simultaneously
A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
Four or more years of relevant full-time experience working in an industrial or educational design/fabrication facility
Four or more years of supervisory experience of technical personnel in an industrial or educational design/fabrication facility
Experience teaching and working with students in both formal and informal settings to train them to safely and effectively use of rapid fabrication equipment and machine tools including, but not limited to: 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools, power tools, manual milling machines, CNC milling machines, welding, woodworking, water-jet cutting, basic plastic and metal casting, basic programming, and basic electronics.
Experience using CAD (Solidworks) and familiarity with CAM (MasterCam) software
Experience working in a college/university environment
Experience teaching design for fabrication and/or manufacture
Ability to read and create mechanical drawings and 3D CAD models based on verbal or written instructions
Experience in the fabrication of research apparatus based on verbal and/or written instructions
Internal Number: 2009721
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.