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Instructional Lab and Fabrication Coordinator


Ann and H.J Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Instructional Lab and Fabrication Coordinator serves the Ann and HJ Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Science (AES) in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and provides functional, operational and instructional support services related to prototyping, rapid fabrication, lab equipment, experimental modules and demonstrations for use in teaching and learning by AES students, teaching assistants and faculty. This includes providing support of all the fabrication equipment and experimental hardware and educational guidance to students and engineering faculty in the use of this equipment. 

The Instructional Lab and Instrumentation Coordinator primarily supports the activities in the PILOT laboratory used for AES courses but also supports other teaching and research labs throughout the department. Along with the other AES staff, they collectively represent the engineering fabrication capabilities in the department, and maintain and expand students’ measurement, instrumentation, fabrication and testing resources in innovative ways. The position works to strategically and comprehensively advance the needs of AES engineering students in all hands-on activities within the educational and research mission of the department.

Who We Are

CU Boulder's Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences is nationally known for teaching and research that address both challenges and opportunities facing the aerospace profession. Students work extensively on hands-on experiments in the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory and design projects alongside expert faculty in the department's world-class research centers. CU aerospace alumni are working at top companies and research labs, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, The Boeing Company, and Lockheed Martin.

We are home to 42-tenure track, research, and instructional faculty, over 200 graduate students and 400 undergraduates. Our vibrant community of engineers and scientists tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

AES Lab Support and Instruction
  • Conduct numerous hands-on educational workshops for students and/or faculty each semester in subject area of expertise. (e.g., Could include PCB layout, design and fabrication, laser cutters, Eagle, Altium, Arduino, 3D scanning, LabView, strain gauges, LabStations, sensors,woodworking, composites layups, etc.).
  • Provide technical advising in area of expertise for senior project teams, graduate project teams, student projects, research and faculty.
  • Train users and students by providing instructional and troubleshooting advice on the full range of AES fabrication hardware and experimental labs.
  • Recruit, hire, train, mentor and manage a team of ~20 engineering students who assist professional engineers and technicians in these specialized support areas.
  • Monitor, supervise and troubleshoot use of fabrication and rapid prototyping equipment, which may include microcontroller usage, printed circuit board and electronics prototyping, fabrication and testing, 3D printing equipment, 3D scanning, textile prototyping, woodworking, conformal coat finishing, and composites manufacturing.
  • Work with AES program staff for setup, maintenance and development of AES laboratory equipment, lab stations, and laboratory experiments for all AES courses to ensure that project courses run smoothly.
  • Order supplies and provides routine maintenance to ensure equipment is fully functional for student use. 
  • May include assisting in the implementation of a wide variety of sensors. Integrates hardware and software within the AES data acquisition environment.

Laboratory Resources, Maintenance, and Quality Control 
  • Work with AES program staff to provide functional and reliable LabStations, test and measurement systems, and experimental modules. Manage student staff to implement job duties in this area.
  • Design, support, troubleshoot and continuously improves data-acquisition hardware and software for AES course experiments and experimental modules. Compile data usage and generates reports of AES experimental hardware. 
  • Establish and maintains quality assurance procedures, including a maintenance and test schedule for all AES experimental hardware. 
  • Continuously create learning and technological opportunities for CU engineering students, ensuring that students have modern, robust technology at their disposal.
  • Provide in-advance and impromptu technical help and works in a cooperative and collaborative manner with professors, TAs, staff and students to provide these educational support duties.
  • Anticipate needs and maintains supplies of required laboratory and technical materials.
  • Perform all repairs and/or contacts the appropriate technical support and repair services.
  • Purchase equipment for the AES in collaboration with AES Technical Staff to handle contract negotiations with vendors.

Experiment Development and Continuous Improvement 
  • Establish AES module guidelines with the Operations and Systems Engineer and engineering team to ensure that new designs meet AES facility requirements (e.g., physical storage limitations, hardware and software compatibility, robust usability standards, documentation, etc.) and integrate easily with the LabStation data acquisition system. 
  • Evaluate AES experiments for effectiveness in demonstrating fundamental concepts to students in intriguing and informative ways. Periodically interview users to assess the quality of the experiments and the learning experience, which includes developing and analyzing student and faculty feedback surveys. 
  • Collaborate with AES users and staff to continually upgrade and enhance the AES experimental hardware and experimental-modules infrastructure. Suggest and formulate improvements (e.g., more usable, more robust, conform to storage limitations). 
  • Collaborate with students, TAs and professors to develop, design and build new AES experiments and replicate existing AES hardware and equipment. 
  • Remain informed of ongoing and future plans in all departments regarding the use of the AES Laboratory. 
  • Actively encourage and recommend use of AES resources in courses throughout the College staff and faculty. 
  • Collect, develop, write, improve, maintain and/or supply relevant documentation on all AES fabrication, modules, and experimental hardware (digital and hard copy). This includes equipment and hardware manuals. Provide document revision control, as needed. 
  • Keep the online Module Directory current for users as a catalog for key module information and documentation links. Provide documentation to TAs and professors using or developing AES modules. 
  • Track AES scheduled and unscheduled usage (such as workshop participation) and provide summary reports. 

Outreach Support 
  • Support AES outreach activities by providing technical and instructional support. 
  • Serve as a resource and support for visitors and other personnel, making a positive impression and promoting the lab facilities, program, and overall interest in engineering and technology careers. 

What We Can Offer

Anticipated starting salary $56,000.00, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's degree and two years of teaching technical skills, hands-on engineering experience in labs or related, preferably in the discipline of mechanical, electrical or aerospace engineering. (An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute on a year for year basis).  

What You Will Need

  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to use prior experience and knowledge to quickly troubleshoot, diagnose and solve complex problems using appropriate technology. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with a team to lead projects, diagnose repairs and recommend upgrades. 
  • Negotiate resourceful win/win solutions in a respectful manner.
  • Ability to thrive in an interrupt driven, service focused, and fast-paced environment where quick decision-making and multitasking are demonstrated daily.
  • Ability to cultivate an atmosphere of helpfulness, responsiveness, respect, flexibility and courtesy.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff and students from around the world.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Two years of teaching technical skills preferably in the discipline of mechanical, electrical or aerospace engineering.  
  • One year of supervisory or managerial experience.
  • Proficiency using Eagle, Altium or other PCB Layout software, and LabView, OR: Experience with composites fabrication, OR: Experience with wood working and fabrication equipment and techniques, OR: Proficiency and demonstrated experience with data acquisition hardware and software.
  • Experience in system development, engineering testing, or robotics

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by December 17, 2018 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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