Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory Engineer

St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud, MN

ID: 7088795
Posted: November 10, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Posting Details
The Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at St. Cloud State University is seeking applications form qualified candidates for a Laboratory Engineer. Successful candidates will have significant expertise to coordinate the use and preparation of mechanical & manufacturing engineering laboratories and teach select laboratory courses. In addition, this position supports equipment technical set-up & maintenance, software installation & upgrades, safety inspections, and testing & use training for faculty & students.

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The successful candidate will share St. Cloud State’s commitment to our mission, and in particular, the value we place in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as outlined in SCSU’s It’s Time strategic framework. Notably, we uphold the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and engage in intentional actions to address systemic inequities throughout the university and surrounding environment. DEI values, practices, and strategies are embedded into the fabric of our institution and campus community, and they align with the priorities expressed in the Minnesota State system’s Equity 2030 initiative. SCSU expects all of its employees to help advance these practices and to contribute to the development of an anti-racist, inclusive community.


*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Minnesota State University Association of Administrative Service Faculty (MSUAASF) which can be found here

Salary Minimum 43,785
Salary Maximum 75,840
Salary Type Annual
Bargaining Unit/Plan 211, MSUAASF
Job Description
Lead Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Laboratories
Develop and lead laboratory activities of medium to high complexity/reinforce MME courses’ content
Maintain adequate office hours for lab students
Regularly consult with MME faculty to ensure alignment of laboratory activities and learning effectiveness with course content and learning outcomes
Design and manage the process of continuous assessment of learning effectiveness for laboratory activities; implement redesigned activities that result from assessment data
Continually develop expertise in mechanical and manufacturing engineering laboratory content and pedagogy
Mentor students in laboratory portion of MME senior design projects and independent research projects
Operation & Management of an Innovative, Educational and Experiential Learning Engineering Laboratory
Maintain supervised accessibility of MME laboratory spaces to students beyond limited lab meeting hours to provide more student lab time. (e.g. open-lab concept)
Work with local industry in both student projects as well as independent research and design projects through industry-SCSU partnerships.
Recommend student employee staffing needs; supervise & provide training to student employees assisting in lab preparation and maintenance
Manage Laboratory Equipment
Work with faculty to develop and maintain consistency in best practices and procedures for the use of laboratory equipment
Maintain and update experimental laboratory equipment to ensure safety and reliability
Maintain adequate laboratory supplies and equipment through coordination with the Department Chair
Identify and recommend new equipment needs based on industry practices and advisory board input to the department as needed
Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering or related engineering degree + 2 years of professional experience in Mechanical or Manufacturing engineering
Experience with industrial automation systems
Experience in setup, maintenance and operation of professional engineering equipment
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
Evidence of demonstrated ability to work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications
3+ years of industry experience including at least 1 year as a degreed engineer
Master’s degree or higher in engineering
3+ years of experience with Experiential Learning techniques and experiment development
Experience with standard engineering tools such as CAD, microprocessors, PLCs, programming, and simulation software
Experience with robotics or industrial automation
Experience as a lab instructor
Knowledge of occupational health and safety standards as they apply to industrial automation
Other Requirements
Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State is an award-winning regional public university and proud member of the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges system. The 100-acre campus is about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better. St. Cloud State employees value active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability, and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 250 student clubs and organizations. St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelor’s degrees were first offered in 1925. Master’s degrees debuted in 1957. In 1975, the institution became St. Cloud State University. In recent years, the University added applied doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from about 80 nations.

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Benefits Info
Why Work For Us:

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.