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Engineering Design Project & Laboratory Technical Specialist, Electrical & Software, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 22926

Updated: May 27, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Technical Services Team in the Schulich School of Engineering is currently seeking two (2) Full-time Regular Engineering Design Project & Laboratory Technical Specialists.

This position reports to the Manager of Technical Services and will provide safe and proficient operation of undergraduate teaching laboratories, maker spaces, course projects, and technical co-curricular activities. This position provides technical support, technical advice, related Maker Space activities, training and mentorship to the Undergraduate body. Time permitting this positon will provide assistance to Graduate students and Research groups.

This position will interact with students and staff with courtesy, respect and professionalism. Occasionally this role will require overtime work or varying of core hours to accommodate Schulich School of Engineering special events and laboratory scheduling. This position requires an individual who is self-motivated and may require supervision of students and Teaching Assistants during undergrad teaching labs. This position requires in-depth analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as flexibility to perform other duties as assigned.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Support the creation of new design projects for courses.
  • Significantly engage in the development of new and updating of existing course laboratory experiences.
  • Provide input in the planning, development, and monitoring of new experiments in laboratories and undergraduate projects.
  • Support activities in the Schulich School of Engineering Maker Spaces
  • Support engineering teams and clubs engineering design and construction
  • Set up of equipment and experiments in the engineering undergraduate laboratories
  • Provide practical instruction in engineering undergraduate laboratories and projects
  • Acquire, maintain, upgrade, or replace laboratory equipment to ensure that equipment is in working order and setup prior to scheduled laboratories
  • Maintain efficient, safe, well-organized laboratories and projects for students
  • Ordering and inventory of laboratory materials and supplies
  • Schedule and coordinate inventory and disposal of capital equipment
  • Chemical inventory and disposal of hazardous waste
  • Maintain knowledge of current and future technical trends and developments within industry and apply the knowledge as appropriate
  • Configure, maintain, and operate specialized area equipment including testing systems and instruments; laboratory apparatus; and associated infrastructure including: computer operations, electronics, data acquisition systems, computer control for laboratory systems
  • Aptitude and ability to operate appropriate area tools and equipment as required
  • Ensure compliance with safety, fire, and health regulations in the laboratories
  • Maintain and update laboratory hazard assessments and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manuals on a regular basis
  • Respond to malfunctions and emergencies

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computing Engineering
  • Strong hands on experiences and skills, including mechanical aptitude and ability,
  • Experience in domain related digital technologies, computing, electronics, and instrumentation
  • A strong understanding of related curriculum and ability to map curriculum into potential design projects and updating laboratory experiences.
  • Working knowledge of laboratory testing and analysis techniques.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects and priorities effectively.
  • Exceptional analytical, communication, organizational, and technical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary.
  • Valid Class 5 driver's license.

Application Deadline:  June 15, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Schulich School of Engineering.


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