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Metals and Wood Shop Manager - Labriola Innovation Hub

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The Labriola Innovation Hub is a newly constructed, state of the art makerspace for student projects and prototyping. It will include a Metals Shop and a Wood Shop to support hands-on and project-based learning for coursework, personal projects, and entrepreneurial projects for all of Mines students and to support instruction for Cornerstone and Capstone design courses. The Labriola Innovation Hub Metals & Wood shops are not production shops.

The position exists to: 1) oversee the operations and maintenance of the Labriola Innovation Hub Metals & Wood Shops in support of instructional classes that use the Shops, 2) recruit, train and manage a team of student assistants to support shop operations and student learning in the Shops, 3) develop and provide training for student users as part of the Mines students’ undergraduate academic course work across all departments at Mines and Capstone Senior Design projects, and 4) support Entrepreneurship & Innovation programs that utilize the Labriola Innovation Hub.

The Labriola Innovation Hub Shop Manager reports directly to the Labriola Innovation Hub Director.

The Shop Manager is responsible for all operational aspects of the Shop in support of its educational mission including safety, user training, and site and equipment service and maintenance. The Shop Manager is also responsible for the daily operations, planning, budgeting, reporting, safety and compliance, and facilitating a safe and clean environment conducive to the educational mission of the Labriola Innovation Hub. The Shop Manager will assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with industry. The Labriola Innovation Metals & Wood Shop Manager will coordinate with Shop Managers in the Mechanical Engineering and Physics Departments to provide a cohesive and equitable experience for student users.

Specific duties include:

Labriola Innovation Hub Metals & Wood Shop Management, Safety and Support – 50% (Essential)
  • Produce and enforce a safety compliance plan that provides student and faculty access to the shop, as the Labriola Innovation Hub Shop Manager is responsible for the safety of all users of the Shops.
  • Maintain a safe and clean Metals & Wood Shop for all users.
  • Provide supervision, oversight, and instruction to students and faculty performing class-related projects that require fabrication of mechanical parts.
  • Establish and maintain a tool inventory system to ensure that tools and tooling needed for coursework and projects are available for student and faculty use.
  • Ensure that the necessary equipment, materials, and supplies needed in the Shop are functional and available to students and faculty.
  • Ensure that the shop is supervised and open -- supplemented by student worker support -- at least 40 hours a week, 12 months a year, minus holidays and campus closures.
  • Ensure all equipment is working effectively and efficiently; coordinate service on equipment as needed.
  • Continuously improve Shop organization and flow; maximize space utilization in the Shop.
  • Continuously improve and upgrade Shop practices, equipment, and tooling to align with manufacturing and industry best practices.
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise Student Assistants and hourly workers in the Shop. Collaborate with the Labriola Innovation Hub Director and Makerspace Operations Manager in creating an inclusive and accessible culture within the Labriola Innovation Hub for all student staff and student users.
  • Manage priority of use and workflow on the Shop floor at times of high usage.
  • Act as liaison with Mines Facilities to ensure functionality of shop infrastructure, to include plumbing, electrical, and air handling.
  • Implement a safe and environmentally reasonable material recycling and waste disposal plan. Manage large material storage in the Labriola Innovation Hub
  • Manage gas resources for shop support (i.e., purchasing, refill orders, and storage).
Labriola Innovation Hub Instructional and Program Support – 45% (Essential)
  • Collaborate with Labriola Innovation Hub Director, Makerspace Manager, and Mines faculty on a regular basis to coordinate Shop support of coursework in undergraduate curriculum. Coordinate and collaborate with the Shop Managers in Mechanical Engineering and Physics Departments on shop training modules.
  • Support the delivery of instructional material for courses such as EDNS 151 Cornerstone Design, EDNS 291 Design Unleashed, Innov8x, and EDNS491/492 Capstone Senior Design. Support other undergraduate design courses as needed.
  • Assist students and faculty with class projects and Capstone Senior Design projects.
  • Establish and enact protocol for drawing reviews to allow for major equipment usage.
  • Troubleshoot and review student CAD drawings, MasterCAM/Fusion360 programs, and G-code conversions for computer-aided machining.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with faculty and staff to acquire state of the art equipment and technology in support of the undergraduate curriculum and Labriola Innovation Hub programs.
  • Support grant or proposal writing efforts to support Shop and/or Labriola Innovation Hub initiatives.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with industry, government, and academic partners in support of Department efforts to develop collaborative relationships with industry partners.
Other duties as assigned – 5% (Non-Essential) On occasion, this position may be assigned other duties needed to help drive to the vision, fulfill the mission, and uphold Mines’ and the Department’s organizational values.

Minimum qualifications include:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Design, or closely related field plus at least 5 years industry experience OR an AAS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing, or related field plus at least 7 years industry experience.
  • At least two years of instructional experience in an engineering/applied science setting.
  • At least five years of hands-on experience in manufacturing, manual and computer-aided machining, computer aided design (CAD), geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), TIG and MIG welding, and manufacturing equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Demonstrated and documented SolidWorks skills; must be able to pass CSWA exam.
  • Demonstrated and documented experience in generating G-code from CAD drawings using MasterCAM, Fusion360 or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing undergraduate or graduate student workers and student team projects.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; must be able to navigate and operate in shared drives (i.e., Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive).
  • Physically able to perform strenuous physical labor including occasional heavy lifting and standing for 6+ hours a day.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience using Canvas or other Learning Management System for training and teaching.
About Mines & Golden, CO

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023).

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size .

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.

Equal Opportunity

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Annual Rate and Benefits

$90,000 - $95,000

In addition to the amazing benefits mentioned below, Mines continues to show its dedication to its employees by offering an 11% employee contribution through our Mines Defined Contribution Plan and an incredible 12% employer contribution with immediate 100% vesting for our Administrative Faculty positions!

All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to .

How to Apply

*The closing date for this posting has been extended until Monday, November 6, 2023

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status) and are required to upload a CV and a cover letter . References will not be collected or contacted until later in the selection process and the candidate will be informed before that contact is made.

Background Investigation Required


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