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Mechanical Engineering Technology Laboratory Assistant

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 16, 2024
Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Position Summary

The Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Metropolitan State University of Denver is searching for a Laboratory Assistant for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. This position requires a working knowledge in both traditional and advanced manufacturing facilities. The candidate selected for this position will be responsible for supporting the diverse body of faculty and students of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Program. The primary duties will include laboratory support, instruction, maintenance and repair of associated facilities and equipment in the MET program laboratories under the direction of MET Program Director and MET Lab Coordinator.

For more information on the Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology in our College of Aerospace, Computing, Engineering, and Design, please visit: .

MSU Denver enrolls over 17,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. Qualified candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, student advising, scholarship, and service in an inclusive and diverse environment are encouraged to apply.


Such duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Maintain a safe and secure MET laboratory environment;
  • Testing and repair of assigned MET laboratory equipment such as HAAS Milling, FANUC CNC controls and etc.;
  • Maintain and update as needed the software packages used in the MET lab such as,
  • LabView, NC programming and MasterCam;
  • Maintain an inventory and supplies of assigned MET laboratory equipment;
  • Develop and implement a preventive maintenance schedule for assigned MET laboratory equipment;
  • Order necessary parts and equipment and supplies;
  • Assist faculty and students with laboratory preparation including laboratory setup and demonstrations of traditional and advanced manufacturing techniques and machine operation, including composite material (i.e. carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass) fabrication and repair, 3D printing techniques (SLA, FFF, DMLS);
  • Coordinate with EAET Department chair, program director and MET lab coordinator to manage MET laboratory budget and to aid in decisions regarding upgrading of existing laboratory equipment as program budgets allow;
  • Maintain and upgrade, as budget allows.
  • Provide lab support and instruction in MET1010 Manufacturing Processes, MET2200 Materials of Engineering, and other classes assigned by MET lab coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned by MET director and EAET department chair.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or a closely related discipline
  • Minimum two-year experiences in manufacturing lab operations including manual and NC machines for metal fabrication, metal processing (heat treatment and cold working) and material testing
  • Willing to learn new equipment’s and techniques as program evolves
Preferred Qualifications
  • Five or more year experiences in manufacturing lab operations including manual and NC machines, metal processing and material testing
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the software packages used in the Lab
  • Experience in supporting faculty and student’s projects, lab development, etc.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge with advanced manufacturing techniques and machine operation
  • Demonstrated competency in maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of the associated equipment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to write technical specifications and procedures
Salary for Announcement:

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $41,200 - $51,500. The full salary range is $41,200 - $61,800.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Work Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm, although some hours outside of this schedule may be required, depending on course offerings for the semester.

This position will be working in our Mechanical Engineering Laboratory on the Auraria Campus.

Instructions to Apply:

Please apply through MSU Denver Careers and submit your cover letter and resume. Select Begin Your Job Search, then search for JR102048. Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. Applications that do not contain all required documents may not receive full consideration. Please apply by Thursday, 2/29/2024 at 11:59pm for full consideration.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeElizabeth Wellington

Posting Representative


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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