The George Mason University Department of Mechanical Engineering, within the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE), seeks an energetic person to oversee day-to-day operations of the department's machine shop, educational and research laboratories, and the Micro Fabrication Facility (MFF) that includes the Clean Room and Characterization Lab. The Laboratory and Machine Shop Manager must be a safety conscious individual committed to working with students and faculty alike. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
This position is full-time and is located at the Science and Technology Campus in Prince William, Virginia. The Science and Technology Campus is home to multiple educational and research laboratories for departments within the Volgenau School of Engineering. This campus consists of a newly designed Clean Room, by which the position will provide various operation support. In addition to managing and maintaining the Mechanical Engineering machine shop and laboratory spaces (the Senior Design space, the Scanning Electron Microscope, and the instructional lab in Bull Run Hall), the Laboratory and Machine Shop Manager will assist with the day-to-day operations of VSE's newly designed Micro Fabrication Facility (MFF).
Responsibilities: Job duties include, but are not limited to:
Set-up and operation of one or more of the following varieties of machine tools: MIG and TIG welders, lathe, shears, brake press, routers, drill press, saws, additive manufacturing equipment, use of hand tools, and precision measuring instruments;
Provide direct support to students and faculty;
Provide guidance and oversight for laboratory and shop safety, coordinating safety activities with Mason's Environmental Health and Safety Office;
Set priorities to balance educational and research shop needs;
Purchase equipment and equipment maintenance in the machine shop and laboratory spaces;
Serve as the primary staff support for VSE's Clean Room and adjoining Characterization Laboratory. These duties include promoting and enforcing all safety protocols, maintaining safety and tool training records, maintaining authorized chemical and gas usage, controlling lab access, and tasks related to scheduling support for contractors and users, purchasing, and maintenance; and
Making standard shop calculations in the areas below:
Dimensions of work tools, feeds, and speeds;
Plan, layout, and interpret blueprints and sketches to engineering specifications; and
Determine sequence of operations, number of required cuts, and method of setup.
High school degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Demonstrated experience working in a machine shop environment;
Demonstrated experience mentoring students on safety and operational protocols in a machine shop environment;
Mathematical ability to perform and/or understand calculations used in fabrication, and the ability to read and interpret blueprints, specifications and technical data;
Proficiently use computers and other systems like 3D printers, CNC machines, etc. to access, maintain, and manipulate data;
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Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Prince William, VA
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ for position number 03064z; and attach a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by April 8, 2021; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
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