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Technical Operations Director

Department: Chemical Engineering Effective Date: July 1, 2012
Grade: USG 13 Reports to: Chair

General Accountability

The Technical Operations Director is functionally responsible to the Chair of the Department to provide laboratory support and service for the Department of Chemical Engineering relating to all teaching and research activities. The Technical Operations Director provides leadership in devising and initiating methods and systems to maintain a creditable level of experimental, teaching, and research facilities, and to do this in a safe and efficient manner.

The Technical Operations Director supervises 9 technical staff and provides direction for them to achieve their respective expectations in an efficient and harmonious working environment. Expectations, in this regard, include effective service to the students and faculty in support of teaching and research.

The Technical Operations Director is also responsible for executing all building renovations and for the maintenance and interdepartmental and external utilization of Chemical Engineering laboratory services and equipment.

The Technical Operations Director will function as a Guest Lecturer, as required, to present to the Undergraduate and Graduate students such topics as Project Management, Product Realization and Lean Manufacturing, and others as required.

The Technical Operations Director is responsible under the general direction of the Chair of the Department for providing technical leadership to the Department, overall Safety Management capabilities and must possess excellent Operations and Project Management skills (technical, organizational, communication, and problem-solving). A university degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, with a P. Eng. designation is required along with the capability and desire to participate in a “Continuous Learning Environment”.  A minimum of 10 years industry management experience (Operations, Projects, or Infrastructure) is required.  Experience with clean-room environments, laboratory equipment requirements and high-purity water delivery is considered an asset. 

Nature and Scope

Organizational Relationships

The Chair, Associate Chairs, Technical Operations Director and the Administrative Assistant provide the operational management of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The Technical Operations Director reports directly to the Chair of the Department and provides technical leadership to support the teaching and research activities of the Faculty and Students..

The Technical Operations Director supervises 9 technical staff including 1 Mechanical Systems Designer, 1 Mechanical Technician, 1 Computer Applications Engineer, 1 Electronics and Hardware Specialist, 1 Scientific Glass Blower Technician, 1 Manager of Analytical Service and Lab Safety, 1 Senior Lab Instructor / Manager, and 2 Lab Instructors.  Further, it may also involve the management and supervision of Co-op students, as required. 

The management function of the Technical Operations Director is challenging and sensitive. It involves operational organization and maintenance of teaching and research facilities, personnel, and laboratories, and the effective utilization of technical assistance, equipment, and space.

Statistical Data

The Department of Chemical Engineering has a complement of 36 tenured, and probationary faculty, 9 technical staff, 7 administrative staff, and numerous adjunct faculty, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral fellows. The Department of Chemical Engineering over the next one to two years is expected to grow to a complement of 47 tenured, and probationary faculty, 15 technical staff, and 10 administrative staff. The Department offers several undergraduate, and graduate programs including a BASc (ChemicalEngineering), BASc (Nanotechnology Engineering), MASc, MEng, and PhD. Enrolment in the undergraduate programs is approximately 630 students. The annual first year intakes for Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology Engineering are 175 and 110, respectively. The undergraduate enrolment has already started its increase from 630 students to approximately 860 students.  The current graduate enrolment of the Department is approximately 200 students and the graduate enrolment will increase to approximately 280 students over the next several years. The Department focuses its teaching and research activities in seven areas including Biochemical and Biomedical, Polymer Reaction Engineering, Interfacial Phenomena and Porous Media Engineering, Reaction Engineering, Process Systems Engineering, Separation Processes Engineering and Nanotechnology.

Major funding sources for research include CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation), CRC (Canada Research Chair), NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), ORF (Ontario Research 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