Manager of Mechanical Systems

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What will you do?

In this role you will serve as the primary contact for complex research-related relocation, disassembly, modifying/repairing, maintaining, and/or reassembly of equipment needs and experimental material handling.  In addition, you will:

  • Coordinate daily operations and technical support in the assembly, repair, replacement, installation, and maintenance of research equipment.
  • Supervise a team of mechanical technicians and equipment technicians.
  • Schedule, assign, and review work for research projects.
  • Consult with faculty and researchers to determine and recommend project and/or experimental technical relocation, disassembly and/or reassembly of equipment and/or mechanical systems needs and feasibility.
  • Advise researchers on specific material handling problems, procedures, and techniques.
  • Establish priorities, and plan, organize, schedule, and execute experimental technical relocation, disassembly and/or reassembly of equipment projects in support of research mission.
  • Demonstrate and train faculty, staff, and students in the proper operation of complex heavy equipment, overhead cranes, hoists, and relocation equipment and techniques in support of research mission.
  • Interface with Facilities and Campus Services (FCS) as well as outside vendors.
  • Monitor delivery of complex, interconnected research utilities systems; repair, maintain, and design and propose upgrades as needed.
  • Responsible for safely moving/transporting large experimental components and other research-related equipment, supplies, and materials.
  • On call for operational emergencies during nights, weekends, and holidays.


What is Required:

Master’s degree in engineering or technical field; 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination.  Additionally you will have/be:

  • Supervisory experience.
  • Excellent communication, relationship-building, and organizational skills.
  • Experience in the operation and repair of complex mechanical systems.
  • Capable of adapting to the changing needs of a research environment.
  • Able to receive directions and to communicate effectively across all research groups in the department.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively within a team environment.

What is Desired:

Preferred, but not required:  Professional Engineer.  Advanced rigging and material handling skills in a research environment.

Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.

Please apply online below or here: (posting #WDR-00017133).

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