Schedule Monday - Friday; 8:30 - 4:30
Education Level College Diploma
Career Level 4 years of relevant work experience
The McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) is a research laboratory developing and testing vehicle drivetrains, electric machines, power electronics, and energy storage for electric mobility applications. A workshop technologist is needed to oversee and manage three high power vehicle and electric traction system dynamometers at MARC along with several other smaller test systems. The dynamometers are used for testing and evaluating hardware for university research projects and third-party clients. The role of the of the workshop technologist includes: (1) Creating and maintaining safe operating procedures for the lab equipment, (2) Developing and teaching training courses on operation of the labs, (3) Planning, scheduling, coordinating, and estimating cost of testing, (4) Running tests on equipment as needed, collecting test data, and presenting results in report format, (5) Organizing and improving the lab facilities over time to increase productivity and testing throughput.
Responsible for managing and monitoring a workshop area, technical facilities, and equipment. Ensures adequate support for student curricular and related extra-curricular needs and compliance with all health and safety and security requirements as outlined by the University and provincial statutes. Provides safety training, information, technical assistance, and direction to workshop users. Supervise and instruct students in the workshop area.
Purpose and Key Functions:
- Develop and write workshop guidelines, policies, standard operating procedures and regulations regarding student health and safety.
- Administer a multi-level safety program for student training on various equipment.
- Enforce use of personal protective equipment required for the safety of authorised student users.
- Provide general workshop safety training to classes of students.
- Administer tests to assess student competency on workshop safety policies and best practices.
- Develop and deliver workshop training sessions in soldering, metalworking, and chemical handling.
- Provide one-on-one workshop facilities training to students for specific equipment, such as lifting hoists and welding.
- Assess and mitigate the physical risks associated with the set-up and use of workshop equipment and projects.
- Provide professional development experiences to students by advising, guiding and mentoring students who are completing workshop projects.
- Assist students throughout workshop project development particularly on design and fabrication.
- Design and fabricate specialized workshop projects within the context of a diverse educational and research environment.
- Complete designs and calculations using design software.
- Offer project design critiques coupled with the ability to suggest improvements and alternatives.
- Modify and adapt fabrication, maintenance procedures, and equipment to meet specialized requirements.
- Interpret blueprints and schematic diagrams of technical apparatus.
- Coordinate with other laboratories, departments, agencies, and sales representatives.
- Set up and operate nonstandard equipment, test systems, and devices.
- Log incident reports and enforce violations of safety policy and extra-curricular team Stewardship Agreement breeches.
- Plan, schedule, and coordinate the availability of workshop equipment and resources.
- Greet high school students attending campus tours and provide tours of the workshop facilities.
- Provide preventative maintenance to the workshop and equipment to ensure the space and its facilities are in good working order.
- Oversee the construction and continuous improvement for workshops.
- Oversee and participate in the assembly, inspection and certification of various pieces of equipment.
- Plan and establish framework and identify milestones for the various workshops. Ensure all projects are completed within specific deadlines.
- Liaise with vendors and suppliers for the purchase and contract terms of materials, machines and tools.
- Coordinate with staff and other departments for special events.
- Troubleshoot and repair machinery and equipment failures.
- Prepare workshop for users by cleaning, purchasing supplies and setting up and giving demonstrations in machine and material handling.
- Ensure the proper storage of materials and proper waste disposal.
- Update, maintain and monitor capital and program budgets for tools and machinery.
- Gather and compile information pertaining to future equipment and material purchases.
- Utilize software to complete drawings for workshop projects and to operate equipment such as 3D printers and 2D laser cutters.
- Ongoing responsibility for supervising up to 9 casual employees at any one time.
- Ensure adherence to quality standards and procedures for short-term staff.
- Provide orientation and show procedures to others.
- 3-year Community College diploma in electronics, mechanical or electrical engineering technology, or a relevant field of study.
- Certificate of Qualification as a General Mechanist, or related trade.
- Requires 4 years of relevant experience.
- Lab or workshop management and organization
- Operation and design of automated test systems
- Mechanical fabrication and CAD drawing
- Electrical schematic design, wiring, and soldering
- Knowledge of electrical and mechanical sensing devices; temperature, torque, speed, etc.
- Experience with rotating machinery, such as electric motors or gas engines
- Basic software and programing
- Knowledge of piping and cooling systems for automotive and building applications
- Experience with experimental test setups including dynamometers (AVL, A&D), power supplies and thermal chambers.
- Experience with mechanical fastening, equipment vibrations and tolerance stack-ups and alignments of assemblies
How To Apply
To apply for this job, please submit your application online.
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