The Laboratory Assistant will be a resource to faculty, student proctors, and students enrolled in the “E80 – Experimental Engineering” course. E80 will have an enrollment of approximately 120 students. The Laboratory Assistant will (1) work under the direction of the E80 teaching team lead, (2) be a leader for many aspects of the large teaching teams’ work, and (4) will help to train the student proctor staff. The Laboratory Assistant will construct, repair, debug, and manufacture the hardware, equipment, and supplies that are used in E80. Additionally, the Laboratory Assistant will co-teach E80 with faculty and provide support to the faculty who will be teaching E80 for the first time.
About Harvey Mudd College:
Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Construct, repair, test, and debug hardware, equipment, and supplies that are needed in E80.
Co-teach all sections of the laboratory portion of the course with the faculty and proctor team.
Order the supplies, hardware, and equipment for every laboratory portion of the course.
Prepare the supplies, hardware, and equipment for every laboratory portion of the course.
Organize the laboratory space before and after every laboratory portion of the course.
Teach students to repair and debug hardware.
Train and manage the student proctor team.
Support the learning of new E80 faculty.
Work with the stockroom manager to ensure that supplies and equipment are available for E80.
Share grading duties with the E80 teaching team.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Manage the proctor staff, including scheduling of substitutes for absences.
Manage student requests for practicum swaps in E80 (many per week due to internship interviews, sports travel, etc.)
Attend faculty teaching team meetings and share trends from across E80 sections.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Individual must possess the knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
Knowledge of methods, materials, and equipment used in engineering systems laboratories (e.g., oscilloscopes, data acquisition systems, multimeters, drills, and breadboards).
Knowledge of robot hardware including sensors, circuits, motors, and mechanical components.
Experience with implementing a control system in LabVIEW, proficiency with MATLAB, familiarity with Arduino/C++ development.
Experience with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google suite (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Apps Scripts).
Knowledge of safe work principles and practices.
Ability to train and orient student proctors and provide ongoing training as needed.
Ability to read, speak, write, and follow oral and written instructions in English.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate and supervise in a culturally diverse environment.
Ability to work productively with intermittent supervisor consultation, make sound decisions and effectively prioritize multiple tasks in a logical progression.
Must be able and willing to work evenings several days per week and on occasional weekends.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education: Bachelor of Science including multidisciplinary hands-on work in engineering systems and experience in STEM education.
Experience: Prior experience with (1) constructing, repairing, testing, and debugging electrical and mechanical equipment, (2) delivering experiential learning in a laboratory setting, (3) leading project teams; (4) mentoring young students; (5) mentoring a diverse range of students.
Hours: The regular office hours of this position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. including a one-hour meal period, Monday-Friday. Hours may vary due to the needs of the College or department.
Classification & Status: This is a full-time, Temporary, non-benefits-eligible, exempt position.
Reporting: This position reports to Engineering Faculty.
Employment Category: Temporary, full-time
Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information about how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.
Deadline to apply:
Position will remain open until filled.
All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.