This position supports hands-on learning activities focused on mechanical engineering at SEAS Active Learning Labs. The engineer works closely alongside SEAS faculty and teaching staff to develop and implement current and new lab activities for undergraduate and some graduate level courses. The candidate should have a passion for working with and advising individual students as well as teams of undergraduates. Additionally, they assist in training students and teaching fellows in laboratory, design, and manufacturing practices and help students fabricate their design projects. This position would be well-suited for someone with a breadth of mechanical engineering knowledge or someone wishing to expand on their current skills.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Support active learning components of SEAS mechanical engineering courses.
Assist faculty and teaching staff in the design, development, and implementation of new lab activities.
Lead lab safety trainings and orientations for students, course teaching fellows and assistants, and other users of the Active Learning Labs spaces.
Help instruct and assist students with the use of lab/shop equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, shop tools, CNC mills, and lathes.
Maintain and improve the Active Learning Labs mechanical engineering facilities. This includes shop
spaces, lab spaces, and flexible design spaces. Help maintain cleanliness and organization of the labs and shops.
Set up, test, maintain, and prepare all equipment and tools prior to upcoming lab experiments and
Troubleshoot and support student work during lab experiments and activities.
Create and organize course documentation and use the team's best practices for maintaining and archiving team institutional knowledge.
Support and teach summer outreach programs with a mix of Harvard and non-Harvard students.
Additional duties and responsibilities include the following:
Provide technical support for engineering software such as Solidworks or Fusion360.
Maintain and organize inventories for lab and shop spaces.
Assist in the development and updating of instructions and safety guidelines for all lab equipment and processes.
Advise and collaborate with student clubs and other extracurricular activities.
Assist in the planning and organization of the labs and shops.
Advise students on professional development and pathways within the field of mechanical engineering.
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
Many SEAS employees are eligible for Flexible Work Arrangements, which may be explored during the interview process.
The department is currently operating in a modified manner resulting from restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until the department returns to full operational on-campus status, this position will require a combination of on-site and remote work. The specific on-site hours will be determined throughout the onboarding process, although they may change in the future based on the needs of the department.
Commitment to Diversity SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
About SEAS The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard's teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related field required.
At least one year of experience is required. Internships will be considered.
Technical and Lab Skills:
Knowledge and competence in computer-aided design/manufacturing methods/material selection
Strong hands-on experience in operating, troubleshooting, and maintaining computer numeric control (CNC) machining and rapid prototyping tools such as 3D printers, 3-axis mills, and laser cutters.
Basic working knowledge of electrical engineering concepts and hands-on experience with electromechanical devices including motors, microcontrollers, sensors, and basic circuits is preferred.
Broad interest in and excitement for fabrication projects - a passion for making and building. Strong desire to learn, tailor, and teach skills as needed for effective course support.
Strong awareness of lab safety regulations, proper implementation of personal protective equipment, as well as, the ability to train students on the safe use of power tools and fabrication devices.
Demonstrated competence in generating straightforward technical documentation such as lab procedures, protocols, and reports
Prior experience working in an active learning environment is preferred (hands-on skills teaching, tutoring, and/or mentoring).
Experience with data acquisition and analysis is beneficial.
Overall Skills and Attributes:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
Strong organizational skills, creativity in problem solving, and high self-motivation are key to performing effectively in this position.
Performing effectively as part of a team and in a highly self-directed environment is essential.
Ability and willingness to tackle multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, teaching fellows and staff, as well as faculty, is essential.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53447BR
About Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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