The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is seeking an experienced Lab Technician to support the advanced fabrication operations in the Baum Family Maker Space (Maker Space) and general machining operations. The Maker Space is an undergraduate student facility supporting curricular and extra-curricular student activities. The Maker Space has a combination of equipment and tools, and the person selected for this position will primarily support advanced manufacturing using 3D printers and laser cutters. In addition, the Lab Technician must know some CNC milling and conventional lathe machine shop operations, The Lab Technician will work with individual students, student project teams, faculty and staff to assist in the design and fabrication of student models and designs to fabricate hardware for projects, equipment and prototypes in an educational environment, and provide individual and group training to students on the use of equipment in the facility. The work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with a 1-hour meal break, and occasional weekends and overtime as needed to support student projects and programs. Flexibility in start and stop times is a plus. The Lab Technician reports directly to the Maker Space Lab Manager.Â Â
Duties and Responsibilities:
Operate, maintain and troubleshoot MakerBot, Stratasys and other 3D printers, and the ULS Laser Cutter/Etcher.
Under faculty direction, may teach instructional modules involving use of equipment to groups of students.
With minimal instruction, fabricate hardware and assemblies from student designs, CAD models, prints, sketches and verbal/conceptual descriptions, using manual and CNC milling machines and manual lathes.
Provide mentoring/training/consulting for students working on projects and equipment.
Coordinate and plan instructional projects with faculty and teaching assistants.
Provide training and ensure compliance with health and safety procedures for safe usage of machinery, equipment and tools.
Maintain shop machinery, tools and equipment, including ensuring the shop is sufficiently stocked and kept in a safe and orderly condition.
Train and supervise student workers.
Other related duties, as assigned.
Preferred Education and Qualifications:
Experience operating and maintaining variety of 3D printers and other equipment.
Experience with programming and operating CNC milling machines using SolidWorks 3D models and creating g-code using MasterCAM, or HSM software.
Ability to design and manufacture components/equipment based on CAD models, blueprints, sketches, oral descriptions and performance requirements.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of health and safety procedures.
Excellent verbal and written communication, with strong, collegial interpersonal skills.
Experience working in an academic environment with students.
Bachelor or AAS degree in Machine Tool Technology, completion of a formal machinist apprenticeship or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Experience maintaining strict tolerances in machining of hardware.
Ability to work within defined project schedules, manage multiple simultaneous projects, and multi-task effectively.
Experience with prototyping and one-of-a-kind work.
Experience with TIG and MIG Welding.
Strong computer skills; ability to work with MS Office.
Ability to serve students with a broad range of experience and expertise.
Required application documents:
- Cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position
Only complete applications including these attachments will be given consideration.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in area of instruction providing strong knowledge of lab protocols and safety guidelines and computerized analysis methods. Ability to plan, prioritize, organize and schedule activities to meet both short-term and long-term deadlines. Knowledge of database operations and data acquisition.
Internal Number: REQ20083527
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