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LAB TECHNICIAN

Department: Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Effective Date: June 1, 2009
Grade:

USG 8

Reports to: Laboratory Director

General Accountability

The Lab Technician provides technical support for the Mechanical and Mechatronics Department with a focus on the Thermal Engineering Group’s laboratories. Support encompasses the design, sourcing, construction, development, troubleshooting, and maintenance of research and teaching equipment with a focus on mechanical equipment. This position reports to the Laboratory Director of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering.

Nature and Scope

The principal activities in these labs are based on the research of the Thermal Engineering Group and include: combined photovoltaic/solar thermal systems and building integrated photovoltaics, window shading, micro-scale refrigeration, experimental and analytical modeling of nano-fluids, radiation heat transfer, in-cylinder combustion diagnostics, alternative fuels, modeling of transport phenomena in fuel cells, chemically reacting flows in micro-channels, machine vision, combustion generated particulates, characterization and functionalization of nano-material, measurement of heat transfer in glazing systems/components.

The Lab Technician is responsible for ensuring the effective, efficient and safe operation of these laboratories. This includes supervising undergraduate students, graduate students, and contract technicians when they work in the labs. Technical support is required by most users and ranges from designing equipment and test rigs for faculty to consulting for graduate students.

The Thermal Engineering Group and the Department are continuously evolving and changing to keep pace with technology and institutional requirements. As a result, the nature and scope of this position must evolve in step. The Lab Technician is expected be flexibly responsive to the changing needs of the department’s teaching, and research requirements.

Statistical Data

The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering currently has 55 faculty, 30 staff, 1360 undergraduate students, and 220 graduate students. The Thermal Group currently comprises 12 faculty in 10 labs occupying a space of approximately 10,000 ft2.

Specific Accountabilities

The specific accountabilities of this position will evolve over time. Principal current specifics include:

Working Conditions