The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and the Mechanical Engineering Department are creating a MakerEcosystem to support education, research, and the student experience across the college and the broader university communities. A cornerstone of this initiative is Tech Spark, the new education-focused fabrication facility that provides students access, programming, and training opportunities to learn and apply design and prototyping skills for courses, research, and extracurricular activities. More than 300 students per year take Tech Spark fabrication courses and roughly 900 student use the facility per year. The Tech Spark currently has 4 full time staff and more than 30 student workers. Tech Spark is currently comprised of a student machine shop, rapid prototyping facility, electronic fabrication space, assembly area, and a computer cluster. With the completion of a new building (ANSYS Hall) in the summer of 2019, the size of the Tech Spark facility will roughly triple with the addition of a high-bay assembly area, a woodshop and other fabrication facilities, a design classroom, and collaboration spaces.
The Managing Director is responsible for the overall management of all Tech Spark operations to meet all educational and programmatic goals and to ensure safe and fair use of resources. This includes:
Manage day-to-day Tech Spark operations to support academic, research, and extracurricular activities.
Responsible for management of all workflow, maintenance, safety policies, access controls, documentation, scheduling, reservations, purchasing, and budget.
Accountable for budget, usage data, pricing models, and financial forecasting in collaboration with Department of Mechanical Engineering business manager.
Supervise Tech Spark professional staff and mentor student workers.
Set high-level schedules of all personnel to meet all Tech Spark programmatic needs including teaching, open hours, research support, facility improvement, etc.
Develop and implement safety training program and materials for all Tech Spark users. Ensure compliance with all university health and safety policies.
Responsible for training of student workers. Work with Faculty Director to recruit student workers.
Teach courses, deliver training events, and support other programmatic activities for the Tech Spark.
Provide fabrication/prototyping/design expertise, mentorship, guidance, and technical assistance to students, faculty, and staff for academic, research, and extracurricular activities of design-build projects.
Work with all departments in the College of Engineering and broader university community to implement activities in Tech Spark to enhance their educational programs and other projects. Execute projects for new partnerships identified by the Faculty Director.
Interact effectively and courteously with people at all levels of the organization to help them engage in the facility for courses, research, and extracurricular activities.
Collaborate as a close partner with the Tech Spark Faculty Director, who is responsible for setting Tech Spark educational, curricular and programmatic goals. (Both Faculty Director & Managing Director report to head of Mechanical Engineering).
Must have a passion to work closely with a diverse student body, staff, and faculty.
Bachelor's degree in Engineering
At least 5-8 years of relevant engineering design, design for manufacture, and fabrication experience
At least 5-8 years of relevant supervisory and project management experience
Effective interpersonal, oral/written communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and reasoning skills required
Internal Number: 2010878
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.