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The Aeronautics and Astronautics Department has an outstanding opportunity for a Machine Shop Manager/Instructor Under the general supervision of the facilities manager this individual will manage A&A’s machine shop which includes oversight of daily operations, student instruction, outreach/communications and supervision of the Graduate Staff Assistants (GSA) who support facilities operations. This role works in a collaborative team environment with the facilities team which includes the Facilities Manager, instructional lab manager and a team of GSAs.
RESPONSIBLITIES: Machine Shop Management
Ensure all building spaces are clean, properly furnished, safe, in working order and organized at all times.
Partner with the instructional lab manager to maintain and manage equipment inventory system, including annual equipment audit; ensure adherence to University policies and procedures where applicable.
Act as project manager for logistics of shop, office, and instructional space renovations and improvements. This may include planning around specialized systems and equipment.
Ensure compliance with A&A access policies.
Work directly with the Facilities Manager and UW facilities staff, Physical Plant staff, and others to design projects, obtain bids, locate funding, ensure work is initiated, supervise progress of work and verify completion.
Exercise expertise in operation and troubleshooting of a variety of equipment, including equipment requiring interpretative knowledge.
Initiate, direct and monitor all maintenance activities and security measures for A&A shop facilities. Maintain active and updated space inventory, and process requests for modifications as required. Develop and manage a system to ensure prompt response to all requests and scheduling of subsequent work to resolve issues reported.
Communicate and plan with vendors and/or Facilities Services (HVAC, Central Plant, electrical, plumbing, signal shops, etc.), Environmental Health and Safety, Capital Projects Office, UW Surplus and Computing & Communications to ensure efficient, phased work.
Manage machine shop resources including scrap materials in a way that demonstrates good stewardship of departmental resources
Act as coral administrator for shop including approving scheduling requests, updating calendars as needed, updating user profiles for trainings and updating project groups for courses as needed
Student Instruction Work as part of a team with the teaching faculty to offer the applied experience portion of design coursework. This will include:
Curriculum design and implementation for machine shop courses that complement A&A and other engineering departments’ curriculum.
Lead and instruct operations in the A&A Machine Shop, Structures lab and composites lab.
Provide technical support as needed, including training for staff and students in equipment usage.
Design and facilitate workshops/classes to support hands-on learning relevant to shop safety
Provide technical support and training, if appropriate, and when no vendor support exists.
Health & Safety Primary safety manager which includes ensuring everyone who enters the space is properly trained for safety and qualified to use the equipment. Tasks include:
Act as the main point of contact regarding safety for A&A Machine Shop.
Interface with Physical Plant, Environmental Health and Safety, UW Police, Seattle Fire Department and College of Engineering on health and safety issues, security, and other facilities-related matters, such as annual lab safety inspections.
Maintain compliance with fire and safety codes and ensure immediate correction of violations.
Collaborate with other departments, shops, and maker spaces to improve existing processes.
Outreach/Strategic Planning and Communication
Compose, organize and send timely communication to stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, other departments and other process partners on campus to ensure equitable access to the machine shop.
Facilitate continuous process improvement which includes engaging in regular requests for feedback from stakeholders.
Anticipate future space requirements and suggest ways to create new/modify existing space in current structures. Anticipate new equipment needs based on student/research requests and developments in new technology.
Make data driven recommendations to improve services for students, faculty and others on campus.
Run reports and analytics on Coral to assess usage and forecast future needs.
Represent the department on committees, task forces and working groups as needed.
Supervision and Other Duties
Under direction of Facilities Manager, develop GSA training including onboarding, and operations maintenance, safety supervision and teaching to ensure enhancement to the graduate student experience.
Develop quarterly and EOY maintenance plan and budget for all equipment and provide timely updates to facilities manager.
Serve as backup to Facilities Manager.
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, machining, other technical field or other applicable area or equivalent experience.
A minimum of 2 years of experience in machine shop operations. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
Commitment and proven track record of continuous process improvement.
Proven record to self-teach and problem solve.
Proven record to find solutions to complex problems with little to no directions, including demonstrated professional judgement for when to ask for help.
Previous experience managing and administering projects and programs.
Experience with training program development and presentation (teaching).
Knowledge of personnel management and procedures.
Knowledge in use and maintenance of equipment used in aerospace/mechanical engineering manufacturing shops including milling machines, lathes, associated tools and CNC machines.
Current knowledge of shop safety practices and procedures.
Experience programming and operating CNC machines, including mills, and lathes.
Experience with computer equipment. Experience repairing equipment used in machine shops.
Functionally literate with office computers, including word processing, spreadsheets and email.
Good writing and editing ability, along with good interpersonal and communication skills for a variety of levels.
Experience with customer service and conflict resolution.
Capability to teach in an “experiential” environment and to support courses.
Ability to be self-motivated and require minimal supervision; capacity to react quickly to changing needs.
Experience in 3D printing and laser cutting
Certification in Manufacturing/Machinist Technology
Wind Tunnel Experience
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