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Academic Lab Technician

Company: Indiana University
Location: Indianapolis
Posted on: May 29, 2023

Job Description:

DepartmentENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - I (IN-ENGT-IUINA)Department InformationThe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers BS degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence, as well as MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering.Job SummaryThe lab technician plays an integral part in delivering quality laboratory experiences to the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students. The technician interacts regularly with a diverse group of ECE students, staff, faculty, campus partners in other departments, and vendors. Among other duties, the lab technician makes sure the electrical and computer engineering labs are properly supplied and all equipment is in working order.Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Responsible for undergraduate electrical engineering and computer engineering lab setups.
  • Responsible for maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment.
  • Ensures safety in laboratory operation.
  • Ensures lab security.
  • Keeps inventory of all department laboratory equipment.
  • Files reports and completes miscellaneous paperwork.
  • Performs other department specific duties assigned by the ECE department chair.General Responsibilities
    • Monitors and provides support to faculty and students in educational resource facility (such as laboratory, learning/technology center, etc.) in support of educational and learning outcomes.
    • Operates various instruments and/or machinery (some may be restricted from student use), assists students using permitted equipment, and provides instruction, training, and oversight for safe operation; often responsible for designing, fabricating, and/or machining necessary components for student and/or faculty projects.
    • Collaborates and makes recommendations on the design of experiments and learning experiences that support faculty and student education and/or research project outcomes; sets up experiments and/or experiences (including equipment, etc.); prepares all materials, samples, equipment, and devices needed; assists students and/or faculty with safely and properly operating equipment, tools, etc.
    • Provides effective demonstrations and experiments to showcase processes, equipment capabilities, and/or features; assists in developing instructional and training materials for proper and safe use of the facility, equipment, and/or tools.
    • Implements a preventive maintenance program that will keep equipment ready for instructional and research project utilization; cleans, maintains, and properly stores all equipment and supplies; keeps area(s) cleaned and organized; analyzes new equipment as it comes to market for possible implementation and stays abreast of new processes used in industry to sustain state-of-the art learning and/or research experiences; ensures security of facility, equipment, and supplies.
    • Ensures educational resource facility is functional and safe at all times; enforces safety standards and clean-up procedures; performs basic preventative maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of equipment; identifies potential problem areas and recommends courses of action.
    • Develops and maintains a database of cost-effective sources for necessary materials and supplies; coordinates financial planning and assists in budget review and preparation; orders and procures materials, supplies, and equipment on a timely basis.
    • Collaborates with and provides support to faculty to ensure educational resource facility creates desired student experiences and achieves educational objectives; schedules and supports academic, research, and outreach activities (such as facilitating tours, presentations, or demonstrations).
    • May supervise, train, and manage student employees and/or less experienced staff; supervises and assists students with project-related experiments and/or experiences (such as senior designs, research projects, etc.).QualificationsEDUCATION / WORK EXPERIENCERequired
      • Bachelor's degree (preferably in a relevant field)Preferred
        • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, or computer engineering or
        • Associate Electrical Engineering degree or an Associate Electrical Engineering Technology degree with 4 years of working experience as an electrical technicianCombinations of related education and experience may be considered SKILLSRequired
          • Proficient communication skills
          • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
          • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
          • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
          • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
          • Highly thorough and dependable
          • Possesses a high degree of initiative
          • Ability to build strong customer relationships Preferred
            • Basic electrical skills
            • Excellent trouble-shooting skills
            • Ability to update, maintain, and repair a variety of equipment
            • Ability to work well with faculty, students, and staff, as well as independently
            • Ability to use standard computer softwareWorking Conditions / DemandsThe role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.Benefits OverviewFor full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
              • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
              • Dental insurance
              • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
              • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
              • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
              • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
              • Tuition benefit for IU classes
              • 10 paid holidays per year
              • Generous Paid Time Off
              • Paid Parental Leave
              • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.Job ClassificationCareer Level: MasteryFLSA: NonexemptJob Function: Educational Resources & TechJob Family: Educational ResourcesClick here to learn more about Indiana University's Job Framework.Posting DisclaimerDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time. This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.Equal Employment OpportunityIndiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.Campus Safety and SecurityThe Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing policy statements, crime and fire statistics for all Indiana University campuses, is available online. You may also request a physical copy by emailing IU Public Safety at or by visiting IUPD.Contact UsRequest SupportTelephone: 812-856-1234

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