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Instrumentation and Electronic Design Technologist

Department: Mechanical Engineering Effective Date: August 3, 2004
Grade: USG 10 Reports to: Director

General Accountability

The technologist reports to and performs the duties under the general direction of the Laboratory Director.

The incumbent provides electronic design, construction, maintenance requirements of highly complex teaching and testing equipment. He is also involved with the planning and education of large undergraduate teaching facilities in Mechatronics.

Nature and Scope

Organizational Relationships

The incumbent reports to the Director of Laboratories as do about 11 other technical support positions, and has to work independently. The incumbent looks after the technical support requirements of a very large group of Faculty Members, Graduate Students and a significant undergraduate laboratory teaching environment. He has to be able to communicate, organize and possess excellent problem solving skills.

Statistical Data

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a complement of 42 tenured, and probationary faculty, 14 technical staff, 9 administrative staff, and numerous adjunct faculty, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral fellows. The Department of Mechanical Engineering over the next one to two years will grow to a complement of 53 tenured and probationary faculty, 17 technical staff and 10 administrative staff. The Department offers several undergraduate and graduate programs including a BASc (Mechanical Engineering), BASc (Mechatronics Engineerign), MASc, MEng., and PhD. Enrolment in the undergraduate programs is approximately 860 students. The current graduate enrolment of the department is approximately 186 students. The undergraduate enrolment has already started its increase from 860 students to approximately 1400 students. Corresponding graduate enrolment will increase from 155 students to approximately 240 students over the next one to two years. The Department focuses its teaching and research activities in five areas including Automation and Control, Fluid Mechanics, Machine Design and Solid Mechanics, Materials Engineering and Processing, and Thermal Engineering.

Major funding sources for research include CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation), CRC (Canada Research Chair), NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), OIT(Ontario Innovation Trust), ORDCF (Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund), PREA (The Premier’s Research Excellence Awards Program), and numerous national and international companies. The Department has a significant amount of contract funding.

Specific Accountabilities

Working Conditions