Design and Build Lab Manager (13595)


The Design and Build Laboratory Manager oversees the American University Design and Build Laboratory (DaBL), a maker space environment that supports STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) research and education across the University. The position coordinates instruction and develops curriculum in the maker space for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff; enables innovative research and teaching; and promotes problem-based learning, design thinking, and rapid prototyping across the campus.

This full-time position is responsible for the successful operation of the Design and Build Lab (DaBL). This includes training on technology, equipment, software, safety, and techniques used in DaBL as well as the operation and maintenance of hardware including some or all of A/V hardware, tool room equipment (milling machine, lathe, bandsaw, welder, etc.), laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC equipment, DMMs, power supplies, function generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and embedded hardware (Raspberry Pi, Arduino)

Essential Functions
  • Management of the Design and Build Lab (DaBL)- DaBL Manager is responsible for the purchasing and organization of specialized software, equipment and consumables necessary for the operation and maintenance of the Design and Build Lab. Furthermore, the DaBL Manager is responsible for the oversight and scheduling of these rooms for educational and open-lab use. Also responsible for training users of the DaBL in safe an effective use of its facilities for teaching, research, entrepreneurship, outreach, and co-curricular activities.
  • Student Personnel and Budget Management – Schedule and manage student employees overseeing the operation of A/V equipment not covered by the University’s A/V group and working in the AU DaBL. Manage the budget for the DaBL working with the Lab Director and CAS Budget Office. Recruit and train student assistants who work with users of DaBL.
  • Audio/Visual Displays and Demonstrations - Schedule, install, maintain and develop A/V displays and demonstrations in the hallways and common areas of the DMTI Building. Coordinate rotating displays of student and faculty work, maintain hardware and software related to these displays.
  • Events - Organize AU’s participation in at least one extramural event per calendar year. Events might include local or national maker faires or science and engineering festivals to showcase student and faculty projects and research.
  • Liaison to AU Incubator – Serve as the liaison to the AU Incubator representing the AU DaBL and the College of Arts and Sciences as needed. Coordinate College efforts that relate to the AU Incubator to ensure clear communication between all parties.
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager.

Work Environment
  • The worker normally performs their job in a plant, laboratory or other environment where personal protective equipment may be necessary.
  • The worker occupies a physically demanding position which requires strenuous physical exertion such as frequent or constant lifting, pushing, and/or pulling of heavy objects in order to perform essential functions, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Non-Exempt
  • Day
  • Full Time Regular

Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent education, training, and experience required
  • 3-5 years’ relevant work experience required

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience with fabrication and rapid prototyping equipment, operation, and maintenance
  • Experience with drafting clear documentation for technology and/or hardware use by end users
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with technology training and instruction
  • The DaBL Manager should ideally have demonstrated experience with some or all of the following software: Spreadsheets, Vector Graphics, CAD software (such as AutoCAD Inventor), Networking, Video Editing, and at least one programming language (e.g. MATLAB, Python, Arduino, Java, C/C++, Processing, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience with some or all of the following hardware: A/V hardware, tool room equipment (milling machine, lathe, bandsaw, welder, etc.), Laser Cutter, 3D Printer, CNC equipment, DMMs, power supplies, function generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and embedded hardware (Raspberry Pi, Arduino).
  • Experience with the Maker Movement
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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