Robotics Lab Instructor
College of Engineering
Posted Friday, October 7, 2022
JOB TITLE: Robotics Lab Instructor
POSITION NUMBER: LS9997
HIRING SUPERVISOR: Department Chair
DEPARTMENT: Mechanical, Robotics and Industrial Engineering
TYPE: Full Time
The Robotics Lab Instructor supports and maintains the Robotics Engineering Lab; supports implementation of robotics engineering curriculum including teaching up to 9 credit hours per academic year and actively participating planning of robotics engineering curriculum; and supports recruitment and outreach activities including summer camps, tours, and various on-campus recruiting events.
Support and maintain the Robotics Engineering Lab. This lab is the primary workspace for students enrolled in the BS Robotics Engineering program. Equipment includes robot platforms used for courses and summer camps, electronic test equipment, 3D printer, soldering stations, and miscellaneous spare parts for student usage. The lab also includes a small machine shop with hand tools, power tools, band saw, lathe, and CNC mill.
- Maintain a clean and safe environment. This includes but is not limited to: deliver safety training to faculty and students within the Robotics Engineering Lab, develop and annually update safety training for lab usage, maintain safety training records, document injuries and near misses, clean-up of lab interior beyond what is typically expected of janitorial staff (e.g., storage of equipment and components and cleanup of the machine shop).
- Maintain the lab capabilities. This includes but is not limited to: establish, monitor, carry-out, and document a maintenance and repair system for specified equipment within the lab, perform regular preventative maintenance and updates, troubleshoot faults or failures of developed demonstrations, work with vendors to quote and purchase replacements for worn, damaged, or missing components, periodic update of display materials (e.g., video and poster).
- Actively participate in planning and development of lab capabilities. This includes but is not limited to: collaborate with faculty and staff to develop and update roadmap for lab capabilities, research options for software and hardware updates to the labs, work with vendors to quote and purchase major hardware and software updates as approved by the MRIE department, install and commission hardware and software updates, develop safety and training materials for hardware and software updates.
- Provide technical support to faculty and students engaged in robotics and automation research. This includes but is not limited to: administer safety training to researchers prior to lab usage, assist with development and documentation of experimentation within the Robotics Engineering Lab, supervise research students while working within the Robotics Engineering Lab.
- Assist with operation and maintenance of the Robotics Engineering Automation Lab (REAL) when requested by the Robotics and Automation Engineer responsible for that lab.
Support implementation of robotics engineering curriculum. The BS Robotics Engineering program is a four-year degree program combining elements of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science.
- Teach up to 9 credit hours per academic year. Courses to be determined by the MRIE department chair and/or BS Robotics Engineering program director in consultation with the Robotics Lab Instructor.
- Actively participate in planning of robotics engineering curriculum. This includes but is not limited to: collaborate with faculty to periodically review curriculum, assist with collection and analysis of programlevel assessment data, provide input on proposed curricular changes with respect to both technical expertise and skills and competencies that promote social inclusion.
- Support student projects and student use of CNC mill in Fundamentals of Robotics Engineering.
- Maintain controller board documentation, instruct students (with class instructor) on controller board fabrication, assist students (with class instructor) with controller board fabrication, and assist students (with class instructor) with line following debugging in Unified Robotics I.
- Provide feedback (with class instructor) on student project designs in Unified Robotics II.
- Assist with scheduling of external partners in Unified Robotics III.
- Assist students (with class instructor) on lab assignments, provide feedback (with class instructor) on student project designs, and assist with scheduling of external partners in Unified Robotics IV.
- Work with faculty to create a supportive and integrated social culture in the lab.
- Direct students to additional support and resources as needed.
Support recruitment, engagement, and outreach activities.
- Support MRIE department Robotics summer camps (typically 2 weeks). This includes but is not limited to: collaborate as requested with the responsible faculty member to update the camp curriculum, maintain lists of required parts, organize student kits, hire student assistants as needed to help with running the camps, assist with camp instruction.
- Support Stem Center summer camps (typically 2-3 days). This includes but is not limited to: collaborate as requested with the responsible Stem Center staff member to provide camp curriculum, maintain lists of required parts, organize student kits, hire student assistants as needed to help with running the camps, assist with camp instruction.
- Represent the MRIE department during on-campus recruiting tours including both regularly scheduled events (e.g., Blue Devil Days) and short-notice individual tours. Some regularly scheduled events may occur on Saturdays; these hours may be counted toward either the previous or following week.
- Represent the MRIE department during VIP tours.
- Capture photos and videos of events within the Robotics Engineering Lab for use by LTU Marketing in promotional literature.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Masters of engineering degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Robotics or related field from an ABET accredited school is required. Industrial and/or research experience is desired.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in standard American English.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
- Ability to solve practical technical problems and perform required analytical assessment of data.
- Able to directly assist in the set-up and operation of laboratory and bench-top testing systems. Ability to move freely about a laboratory environment without risk of injury or accident. Able to occasionally lift light to moderate weights of up to 25 pounds during laboratory equipment set-ups and configurations.
Lawrence Technological University (LTU) conducts pre-employment screening on initial candidates for all positions, which may include but is not limited to, a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, license, certifications, and/or verification of work history.
Lawrence Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.