The Mechanical Technician position provides support for the two departments’ undergraduate teaching laboratories and undergrad projects such as thesis work and experiential learning programs. This support encompasses equipment maintenance, purchases of lab supplies, design and fabrication of new experiments, as well as revisions to existing experiments. In addition, the Technician supports faculty and graduate student research through design, machining, fabrication, and purchasing of equipment for research projects and teaching labs. The Mechanical Technician charges out their time and materials for repairs and machining of custom parts for other departments on campus and their research projects. The individual will be responsible for making minor repairs and adjustments to equipment, perform periodic preventative maintenance and calibration of equipment, coordinate equipment repairs to maintain their safety and functionality, troubleshoot faulty operation of equipment. As a member of the respective departments’ safety committees, the Technician has a major role in keeping the activities in the two departments safe by participating in safety audits and waste disposal activities, and monitoring the purchase and storage of compressed gas cylinders in Iacocca Hall and the Unit Operations laboratory. The Technician will perform some analyses of spending trends, budgeting, and account funds. The Lehigh community takes seriously our commitment to antiracism and The Principles of our Equitable Community.
1. Mechanical services support for the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering undergraduate teaching laboratories *Maintains an inventory of chemicals, compressed gases and spare parts *Fabricates equipment using design, machining and/or welding skills *Performs regular preventive maintenance on permanent experiments used by undergraduate students *Audits the lab weekly for safety and security concerns *Collaborates with the Lab Manager on design of revisions and new experiments *Responds to mechanical problems during lab operations *Evaluates the operational condition of the experiments
2. Mechanical services support for faculty and students involved in research activities *Fabricates equipment using design, machining and/or welding skills to create parts and assembles from raw materials *Educates the Graduate Students on correct use of fittings, tubing, etc. used in fluid conveyance systems *Reviews students design ideas, collaborates on design; provides information on shop capabilities and recommends suitable methods *Supervises students use of tools and equipment in the shop; assists students in developing their experiment to operate correctly *Uses Autocad for mechanical layouts to obtain dimensions or flesh out a design idea; creates drawings in AutoCAD for conveying information to a vendor *Diagnoses and repairs equipment *Tracks shop time and material charges; reallocates charges to research accounts and performs analyses of spending trends
3. Technical support for undergraduate projects *Performs machining, welding or assembly that is beyond the students' skill level or familiarity prior to the next class meeting *Supervises students while in the shop for safe and correct work habits *Moves equipment and sets it up in different locations *Communicates with undergrads regarding their ideas to solve a course problem *Orders supplies needed by faculty and students *Provides students with tools
4. Safety, environmental and other Department tasks *Participates in safety audits of labs with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety *Attends safety training of fire extinguishers, right-to-know laws, waste disposal procedures, etc. *Works with our gas supplier to arrange training and safety seminars for students *Reviews the Department's compressed gas cylinder purchasing and storage requirements in Iacocca Hall before orders are released to the lab stores *Responsible for the Mechanical Shop's chemical inventory reporting and waste disposal *Inventories the cylinders and contents *Performs major cleanup operations in Iacocca Hall labs and the mezzanine area of the ATLSS Building by removing old equipment and chemicals *Adds bookmarks to the PCs and signs in the unit operations lab for quick reference to MSDS websites
Position Number: S75140
This position works with minors
Will nearly continuously need to walk, sit, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, climb or balance; use hands to reach, touch, handle or feel and work near moving mechanical parts
Required to lift 10 pounds, occasionally up to 100 pounds
Subject to working in areas with electrical hazard, frequent vibration, fumes or airborne particles, potential radiation and work hazards
May occasionally be required to work in extreme non-weather hot, cold or humid conditions
Associates Degree in Drafting, Design, Mechanical Technician or equivalent combination of education and experience; Bachelor's Degree preferred
Three to five years related work experience
Experience working in a machining job shop, setting up various machinery
Welding experience in multiple processes
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Solid writing ability
Excellent organizational skills, time management and sound judgment
Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Supervisory experience preferred
Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software
Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position
All Lehigh faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot six months after their second vaccine; unless they receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the requirement.
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