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Laboratory Supervisor - School of Engineering

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Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Padnos College of Engineering & Computing


The School of Engineering within Grand Valley State University’s Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing invites applications for an Administrative Professional - Laboratory Supervisor position. This position serves all the programs offered in the School of Engineering, which include undergraduate (BSE) degree programs in Computer, Electrical, Interdisciplinary, Mechanical, and Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering, as well as Masters of Science in Engineering (MSE) graduate degree programs.


The majority of the program courses require project activities that emphasize extensive design and build experiences and/or laboratory work. All programs rely on industrial-grade equipment in over 80,000 square feet of LEED certified facilities in the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Engineering Laboratories.


This position thus supports the hands-on style of instruction in our engineering programs, support that encompasses assisting faculty and the students with machining and manufacturing functions in the school laboratories and shops. Responsibilities of the position include instructing students on the safety protocols and operations of all laboratory equipment, maintenance of all laboratory equipment, and assisting faculty and students working in various laboratories. The applicant will work with a clean room, a small foundry, various materials, metal forming and wood working equipment, and robotic, energy & power, and vehicle systems. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for operational budget with consumables, supplies, service and maintenance. 


Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or completion of an apprenticeship/journeyman program, or an equivalent combination of technical training and experience.
  • The candidate will have experience in machining or manufacturing functions.
  • The candidate must demonstrate excellent communication and organizational skills and possess the ability to multitask in a fast-paced learning and teaching environment.


Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • A strong desire to work with diverse students in a highly technical environment.
  • A knowledge of safety, machine tool experience, and security protocols in a laboratory or shop is preferred.
  • Instructing faculty and students on the safe and proper usage of wood and metal working equipment, testing equipment, plastic injection molders, and foundry equipment.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred with the ability to train and supervise additional support staff comprising up to 12 undergraduate students.
  • The School of Engineering values candidates who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of colleagues and students.  


Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 

  • Aiding faculty in the design, development, setup, and operation of laboratory experiments, as well as assist in teaching CAD/CAM and Manufacturing Processes
  • Assisting with supervision of and providing technical support to graduate assistants and students hired for specific faculty laboratory support functions.
  • Coordinating acquisition of industry donated equipment, supporting university outreach activities, and working with student professional organizations.
  • Instructing faculty and students on the safe and proper usage of wood and metal working equipment, testing equipment, plastic injection molders, and foundry equipment.
  • Maintaining mechanical & manufacturing engineering laboratories, facilities, supplies, reference materials, and project space, including procurement of supplies.
  • Managing the engineering laboratory facilities including logistics and maintenance.
  • Responsible for consumables, supplies, service and maintenance operational budget. 


Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications


Campus: Pew Campus


Department/Division: Padnos College of Engineering and Computing and School of Engineering


Application Deadline Date: Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


How to Apply: Apply online at and click “Apply now”. Include a letter of interest or nomination, curriculum vitae, and at least three references with name, address, phone and e-mail. The online system will allow candidates to electronically attach these documents. If you need assistance or have questions, call Human Resources at (616) 331-2215.


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