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Instructional Classroom Support Technician 4

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Instructional Classroom Support Technician 4- Plastics and Composites Engineering
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The College of Science and Engineering and the Engineering and Design Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

This Instructional Technician position directly supports the academic mission of the Engineering & Design Department by having primary responsibility for managing, maintaining, and supervising the Plastics and Composites Engineering laboratory suite for teaching and research purposes. The position is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing laboratory programs to support the academic programs in the Department, and for providing technical expertise to support senior projects and research projects.

This position requires hands-on proficiency and an understanding of basic mechanical, scientific, and engineering principles.

Typical duties include:

  • Plan and develop laboratory activities for the Plastics and Composites Engineering (PCE) lab spaces. Teach laboratory portion of courses and train students on the proper and safe use of equipment and tools.
  • Design, engineer, and implement the manufacturing processes used to complete all lab project components, which will require thermoplastic and composite processing as well as materials testing and secondary operations as appropriate;
  • Scheduling and coordinating lab and equipment use throughout the labs
  • Overseeing student lab projects to see that they meet course objectives
  • Teaching the laboratory portion of selected courses
  • Supervise students during scheduled class-associated labs, open labs, and for scheduled senior project and faculty-directed research project activities.
  • Supervise laboratory assistants and work study students.
  • Plan and implement all lab improvements.
  • Develop and implement lab policies, safety procedures, and lab manuals for all lab courses and PCE lab equipment.
  • Diagnosing and repairing specialized manufacturing equipment as needed
  • Monitor budgets and develop and maintain laboratory supply inventories based on curriculum and program needs.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering or Science OR an equivalent combination of training, formal education, and work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to perform a wide variety of the functions listed above
  • Experience with employee training and supervision in a laboratory or industrial setting
  • Experience with chemical inventory, management, or disposal
  • Experience with operating and maintaining fabrication and/or laboratory equipment. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Manual and CNC machining
    • Thermoplastic or composites processing
  • Familiarity with technical communication standards and codes. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Engineering drawings
    • OSHA standards
    • Industrial Hygiene
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
  • Excellent communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with modern manufacturing in an industrial setting
  • Experience working in a higher education laboratory setting
  • Experience teaching or as a teaching assistant
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary Pay range for this position is from $4,083- $5,361 per month, including an excellent benefits package.
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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