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Technologist and Lab Instructor

Date: January, 2012
Reports to (Job Title): Lab Director - Systems Design Engineering
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Co-op Student (on occasion)
Location: Main Campus USG 8-10

Primary Purpose

The “Technologist & Lab Instructor” provides broad-based technical support for students, staff and faculty in Systems Design Engineering. The incumbent is a key resource, providing guidance, instruction and technical assistance for undergraduate students enrolled in all departmental lab and project courses. In addition, the incumbent is principally involved in the development and maintenance of departmental web and database management systems.

Key Accountabilities:

The “Technologist & Lab Instructor” provides broad-based technical support for students, staff and faculty in Systems Design Engineering. The incumbent is a key resource, providing guidance, instruction and technical assistance for undergraduate students enrolled in all departmental lab and project courses. In addition, the incumbent is principally involved in the development and maintenance of departmental web and database management systems.

 

The incumbent is expected to strive to eventually develop their knowledge and skills to the level of a USG 10. This grade level will be attained via recognition of a high-level of knowledge as demonstrated with the ability and skills to handle day-to-day and special technical demands of the department along with a commitment and effectiveness in instructing students in the departmental lab and workshop courses.

 

USG 8

A ranking at a level of USG 8 is an entry level grade for this position and will generally be given to a relatively new graduate or to an experienced technologist who has the background and qualifications to fully handle “Key Accountabilities” 1) and 2), and to handle at least half of 3) and 4). In general, the incumbent is expected to have proficiency at:

 

USG 9

A ranking at a level of USG 9 is an intermediate grade assigned where the incumbent has demonstrated in-depth knowledge of departmental hardware and software platforms, procedures and operations, and can professionally and competently perform assigned tasks. In particular, the incumbent will function as a secondary lab instructor for the core Systems Design Engineering lab courses, and provide students with high-level design expertise with their workshop projects. The incumbent will also maintain the department website and make improvements to it as well as to the departmental database management system used to track undergraduate student progress and accreditation requirement fulfillment. In particular, the incumbent at this grade will have the background to fully handle “Key Accountabilities” 1), 2), 3) and most of 4). Typically a person with a degree in engineering and several years of experience encompassing those listed in the Position Requirements of the job description would start at this level. In addition to the proficiencies indicated for the USG 8 level, the USG 9 requires in-depth competencies in:

 

USG 10

A ranking at the level of USG 10 is typically only attained after the incumbent has significant experience within the department and has demonstrated a high-level of competency with the technical and laboratory requirements of the department. In particular, the incumbent will be capable of providing highly competent expertise in regard to essentially all technical needs of the department including all web and database management systems, and be able to function as a primary lab instructor for the core

Systems Design Engineering lab and workshop courses. The incumbent will be able to expertly handle all

Key Accountabilities (1 to 5) listed in the position description and with regard to their career path, it is expected that in addition to the competencies indicated for the level of USG 9, the USG 10 will have professional-level competencies in:

Key Accountabilities include:

1. Administer and maintain departmental computing resources:

2. Provide technical support to students, staff and faculty:

3.Provide instructional support in lab and workshop courses:

4. Maintain and develop departmental operational software systems:

5. Attend to additional tasks as assigned by the Lab Director, Departmental Chair or other departmental officer.

Position Requirements

Education:

Completion of a bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Electronics/Computer/Systems/Software or Mechatronics engineering technology including the successful completion of undergraduate courses in ”linear control systems”, “differential equations”, and “circuits, instrumentation and measurement”.

Experience:

Technical:

MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Advancedl Advanced Experience with Windows, Mac, and Unix operating systems

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communication is required with staff, students, and faculty members in the department. In addition, the incumbent will occasionally present information to students with regard to labs and workshop courses.  Externally, this position will occasionally require contact with vendors/suppliers/manufacturers for the purposes of purchasing and maintaining equipment.

Level of Responsibility:

The job has specialized work with minimal supervision and provides guidance to others

Decision-Making Authority:

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Requires exertion of physical or sensory effort resulting in moderate fatigue, strain or risk of injury. Some lifting and transporting of heavy and/or awkward equipment will be required.

Working Environment:

Involves moderate physical or psychological risk resulting from unavoidable exposure to hazardous, disagreeable or uncomfortable environmental conditions.

In certain cases, the “technician and lab instructor”, the teaching assistants, and the students may work with hazardous voltage levels and electro-mechanical apparatuses.  Consequently, safety procedures must be strictly enforced.

May be stressful at times.  For example, if a network or computer system breaks down, rapid and intensive action may be required.