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Engineering Lab Technician, Mechanical

Kennesaw State University
Job Location:
Kennesaw, 30144
Facilities Management

Job ID: 263700

About Us

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, career opportunities, mission and values and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are part of the University System of Georgia.  Kennesaw State will exemplify the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university. Our institutional values are student-inspired, promise-fulfilling, true to ourselves, elevational, open and impact-generating.  In addition, we support the University System of Georgia core values of accountability, excellence, integrity and respect.  We are searching for talented people to join Kennesaw State University. Come to KSU and find your passion.


Our Marietta Campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Pkwy, Marietta GA 30060.

Job Summary

Provide hands-on technical services and practical application guidance to students and faculty in an undergraduate engineering research setting. Technician duties depend on the specialized field of study. Supports the instructional mission of the College and University by maintaining the mechanical aspects of the laboratories and specialized equipment in those laboratories. Please refer to the job description addendum for additional information specific to the area of responsibility


1. Maintains and repairs engineering lab equipment and maintains associated records
2. Prepares engineering lab equipment for engineering lab courses and purchases parts and/or components for machines and/or specimens
3. Assists students and faculty with fabrication of components, lab projects, student projects, test specimens and research parts
4. Maintains inventory and contributes to best safety practices ensuring students receive proper training and follow safe practices in accordance with appropriate standards
5. Completes periodic training courses and maintains knowledge and skill with changing technology for fabrication, maintenance and assembly
6. Provides guidance regarding safe equipment operation and implementation of laboratory procedures
7. Provides support to the College with maintenance by fabricating and repairing university equipment
8. Provides support to the College by working 10-30% each week across multiple departments on college related tasks (ex. equipment set up)
9. Procures components and materials needed for fabrication, assembly, and/or repair of laboratory systems
10. Manages an inventory of spare parts and enforce practices of general laboratory organization and cleanliness

1. Prepares, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs mechanical engineering lab equipment (ex. tensile/torsion, fluid flow energy loss, pumps, heat exchangers, vibration etc.)
2. Prepares Standard Operating Procedures, safety guidelines for labs or equipment, other documents relevant to the use of mechanical equipment.
3. Assists students and faculty with fabrication or 3D printing of components, test specimens and parts and ensures students and graduate assistants follow safe practices and receive proper training.
4. Constructs complex precision components, mechanical devices and structures using manual/CNC fabrication and/or 3D printing methods.
5. Determines mechanical equipment supply quantities and ensures stock is available
6. Prepares, operates, trains and oversees operation of a wide variety of equipment such as 3D printers, power tools, CNC Mills/Lathes, water jet cutters, welders, manual mills/lathes, robotic arms
7. Recommends and specifies new equipment or equipment upgrades

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Associate's, technical, vocational or related degree and/or certificate from an accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience

Required Experience

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Educational Qualifications
An advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a related field
Certificate in an engineering technology field related to the assigned discipline

 Certificate in welding, CNC Machining, tool and die
 Other professional certification in manufacturing processes from an accredited institution
 Previous experience working in higher education
 CNC machining experience producing high quality objects

Preferred Experience
Previous related industrial experience
Previous experience working with customers and/or in higher education
Two years (2) of related work experience

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Extensive knowledge of appropriate safety standards
Knowledge of basic programming and equipment related to assigned area
Knowledge of engineering materials and proper specifications for components

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the department (ex. Microsoft Office suite, CAD/CAM software)
Strong attention to detail and follow-up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Knowledge of G-code and various CNC machining equipment
Knowledge of materials and proper specifications for fabrication of parts
Operational knowledge of SolidWorks or similar CAD software
Proficiency in or the ability to learn basic chemistry, an understanding of toxicity levels, chemical reactions, etc.)
Proficiency in or the ability to learn basic physics (forces, load transfer, vibration, energy transfer)

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