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The University's best practices is to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.

Professional Technician I - III

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

Official Job Title: Professional Technician (I-III)

Division: Academic Affairs  

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering

Bargaining Unit Status: AFT

EEO Status: 5.1

Job Code: 155

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: Chairperson, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Supervises: Teaching Assistants (TAs) and student helpers assigned to courses with a software/hardware laboratory component.

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Provides technical support for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department activities including assisting with research projects, with instructional laboratory preparation/training and lecturing, and with development, operation and maintenance of laboratory facilities, apparatus and equipment. Supports instruction and delivery of required undergraduate UMassD courses that serve students in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Performs other duties as assigned by the department chairperson. Provides laboratory support for enterprise and student design projects.  Follows the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.

 

EXAMPLES OF PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Fosters a creative, collegial, effective learning community and is receptive to new responsibilities with changes in the department’s laboratory research and instruction activities.
  • Oversees pre-lab set-up of equipment, supplies and assessment of rooms.  Trains TAs on set up and operation of laboratory equipment and assists faculty/TAs on equipment set up and operation.
  • Manages all aspects of the department stockroom and laboratories.
  • Serves as an expert resource to students and faculty in projects and research; may require some fabrication.
  • Coordinates the departmental safety program, including maintaining compliance with federal, state, local and University safety codes and hazardous material handling (and disposal) procedures in coordination with appropriate staff of the University Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Reinforces safe and appropriate use of equipment by faculty and students.
  • Plans inventory and orders components to meet department requirements and maintains parts and device inventory control as needed on current basis and future needs.
  • Handles shipping and receiving for the department which may be received directly or processed through the shipping and receiving department.
  • Oversees facility operations, project proposing/execution/reporting, lab utilization, and/or technical needs to support ECE instruction and research activities.
  • Manages, coordinates, installs, maintains, repairs and calibrates equipment and instrumentation in ECE labs. Troubleshoots malfunctioning equipment and performs basic repairs. Procures cost estimates and coordinates with external sources for major repairs.
  • Assists department Chairperson with laboratory development planning, operational improvements and renovations.
  • Coordinates and maintains lab security and access.
  • Remains current with ECE laboratory practices and technology developments to enhance research and educational outcomes.
  • Assists with department recruitment and outreach activities and provides customized laboratory tours for external constituents of the ECE program and College of Engineering as assigned by the Chairperson.
  • Supervises the organization, maintenance and inventory of equipment, parts and supplies, and oversees security of equipment and facilities such as the laboratories and stockroom.
  • Oversees the moving of equipment from room to room or laboratory on an as needed basis.
  • Serves as the point of contact with property control for departmental assets.
  • Other duties as assigned by the department chair.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelors degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field.

 

 

EXPERIENCE:

Related experience in the field of electrical or electronic technology.

 

 

OTHER

Computer literate. Some mechanical fabrication and assembly.

Available during evening and weekend hours as teaching/project schedules dictate.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  1. Ability to perform multiple tasks as assigned.
  2. Ability to establish cooperative working environment with faculty and students.
  3. Excellent teamwork skills; ability to work independently and exercise good judgment; committed to continuous learning and professional development.
  4. Excellent oral/written communication skills and organizational ability.
  5. Ability to troubleshoot equipment problems.
  6. Ability to fabricate/assemble items.
  7. Knowledge of health and safety practices and precautions applicable to an engineering laboratory.
  8. Experience in preparing/instructing undergraduate level electrical and computer engineering courses
  9. Knowledge of laboratory procedures.
  10. Knowledge of inventory methods.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Masters of Science degree with appropriate experience is preferred.
  • Experience working in a prototype environment.
  • Experience working in a higher education electrical and computer engineering laboratory setting with a strong customer service focus.
  • Experience working with technicians, engineers and representatives of equipment vendors and manufacturers to obtain equipment, supplies, and support.
  • Experience demonstrating procedures to or instructing students is an asset.

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life Insurance
Long Term Disability
State Pension Retirement Plan
Optional Retirement Savings Plans
Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
Twelve (12) paid holidays
Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
And More!

Benefits: Benefits for Faculty

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

IMPORTANT

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To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

This position will be posted until filled. 

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