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Manufacturing Center Specialist

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

The College of Engineering and Applied Science encourages applications for a Manufacturing Center Specialist! The Manufacturing Center Specialist provides technical expertise, instructional support and student staff supervision for the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory’s (ITLL) Manufacturing Center (MC). This position works collaboratively with ITLL MC staff and student staff to enhance the capabilities of the ITLL MC to best serve the needs of hundreds of engineering students each semester. The position is responsible for supporting design courses and providing instructional support to engineering students through regular workshops and trainings, while also maintaining oversight and safety at all times. The position sources and maintains new equipment to maintain an innovative MC facility (including infrequent large capital equipment purchases). They also maintain existing equipment to increase student productivity. Success in this position requires extensive knowledge of mechanical systems, traditional and modern CNC machining, engineering processes, manufacturing, and strong interpersonal communication skills.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The ITL Program and Laboratory is an educational unit within CEAS supporting hands-on courses and workshops in undergraduate and graduate engineering to over 6,000 students each academic year. In addition to engineering college students, the program also serves the K-12 community through its pre-college engineering education program, which includes in-class and after-school engineering design activities, summer camps, and teacher professional development workshops.

The ITL Program is committed to honoring unique backgrounds and experiences. Join our team and help us build a more inclusive and diverse academic and engineering culture — apply today!

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Instructional Support and Customer Service
  • Provides manufacturing expertise and classroom support to instructors of various design courses. Works in a cooperative and collaborative manner with CU faculty and ITL staff to best serve the educational needs of engineering students in the MC and the ITLL.
  • Creates, develops and leads individual and group hands-on manufacturing skill-building workshops, including safety, saws and drills, introduction to machining, and advanced CNC machining.
  • Provides guidance, expertise and troubleshooting advice to engineering students and staff on manufacturing and machining projects.
  • Constantly improves workshop performance through soliciting feedback from every workshop offered. Works with ITL administrative and/or assessment staff on assessment tools that provide written feedback from shop users to assess the quality of the facility and instructional service on a continuous basis.
  • Leads “Meet the Machinists” seminars at the beginning of the semester in lower division design courses to relax student uneasiness about the MC and machine tools.
  • Maintains multiple modes of communicating shop information to users, including website information, entry bulletin board, and shop signage that ensures a welcoming and informative environment.
Manufacturing Center Innovation, Operation, and Maintenance
  • Continuously identifies and implements new manufacturing equipment and capabilities to improve the resources and services in the ITLL Manufacturing Center.
  • Leads an innovative fabrication facility by ensuring maintenance, repairs, calibration, and upgrades of MC equipment and machine tools.
  • Trains and monitors seven student MC staff in appropriate safety modality, machine usage, and solving engineering students’ challenges.
  • Stays abreast of manufacturing and machining industry standard methodologies for implementation in the MC.
  • Identifies, orders, assembles and installs MC equipment, including large capital expenditures.
  • Orders spare parts, materials and tooling as needed. Communicates emergency repairs or lengthy maintenance procedures to all internal team members.
  • Undertakes other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Multi-Axis CNC Machining
  • Maintains the CNC machines and ensures their appropriate usage.
  • Determines hardware/software configuration for computer-run machinery, including 3-axis and 5-axis CNC Milling Centers and CNC Lathes. Performs timely upgrades to MC software and machinery.
  • Proficiently uses CAD/CAM software systems including Mastercam and Solidworks.
  • Continuously updates and refines software packages to provide students with the latest and most advanced CAD/CAM solutions.
  • Serves as an authority for all CNC machine related inquiries and problems that may arise. Acts a resource to students, staff and faculty regarding 3D modeling software and file manipulation for CNC tool operation.
  • Operates Vericut CNC simulation software to ensure safe, collision free machining operations.
  • In cooperation with service partners, routinely performs multi-axis CNC calibration to maintain machine accuracy.
  • Maintains a robust tooling and fixture library to meet the diverse needs of student projects.
Manufacturing Center Safety
  • Conducts safety workshops for all MC users at regular, frequent intervals.
  • Cultivates a safe, neat and clean MC environment in which no injuries occur by ensuring that safety practices are always employed and followed. 
  • Strictly enforces established shop safety rules and policies and hazardous materials protocols.
  • Continually trains and advises MC student staff on standard methodologies for maintaining a safe shop environment.
  • Continuously refines and revises the MC workflow, ease of use, and the MC layout to facilitate safety and better use of a limited space with large numbers of users.
Specialized Program Support
  • Works with the rest of the ITL Program team to complete building projects and the fabrication of new experiments.
  • Collaborates with the ITL program engineering team to contribute to experiment design and fabrication.
  • Works closely with the ITL program building proctor on building modifications and upgrade projects as needed.
  • Markets MC capabilities to internal customers as appropriate. Actively engages student groups, such as Space Grant, Formula SAE, CU Sounding Rocket Laboratory, Hyperloop, CU Robotics and RoboSub, to improve machine uptime and student engagement when design courses are not using the facility.
  • Generates soft-money funded fabrication projects, billed at an hourly rate, to support summer shop usage by research-funded projects. This includes, but is not limited to, the fabrication of specialized equipment, parts and prototypes for on-campus research-supported projects.

What You Should Know

Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire. Must be a current Colorado resident to apply.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $62,000 - $70,500.


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

  • Four years of experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position. Two years of machining or manufacturing experience. 
    • Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Colorado residency. 

What You Will Need

  • Approachable and highly customer-service oriented.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Diligent, also able to strategically conceive and coordinate long-term projects planned over a long period of time.
  • Ability to multi-task on multiple projects.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Proficiency using CAD/CAM software, preferably Mastercam 2017 or later and Solidworks.
  • Strong knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems.
  • 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 experience programming CNC machine tools, including multi-axis work. 
  • Four years of experience operating CNC machine tools, including multiple controllers.
  • Experience in training and teaching others new manufacturing skills and safety measures.
  • Experience in reviewing engineering project design and manufacturing scope of work plans.
  • Collaboration with engineering project managers to improve design and manufacturing success (Lean Manufacturing).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume that includes date ranges and whether the position was full-time or part-time.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants.
    • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to ( or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts. 
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by January 24, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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