Saturday , September 30 2023

UBC Staff Jobs – Engineering Technician

Website The University of British Columbia

Job Description:

This position assists with laboratory tasks related to research and teaching activities within the Civil Engineering Labs. The position is responsible for providing technical support associated with the design, development, fabrication, modification and operation of scientific and engineering equipment and instrumentation for teaching and research purposes. The job function involves safely performing a variety of standard procedures and applying engineering skills.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting and participating in the design, maintenance, modification and operation of experimental equipment, instrumentation and systems to supplied designs and specifications.
  • Assisting in maintenance of a safe and organized work environment and demonstrating appropriate safety procedures. Responsible for implementing and maintaining safety requirements as delegated.
  • From standard and non-standard procedures, takes basic concepts and develops end user solutions (specifications, procedures, operating limits/ranges, etc.). This involves some design and selection of appropriate parts and materials.
  • Assists graduate students in laboratory testing, when required.
  • Carries out any other related duties as necessary in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of the job.
  • Assists in the calibration of various types of sensors and equipment using precision voltmeters, power supplies and other electronic calibration equipment. This includes documentation of calibration data (analysis, graphing, spreadsheets).
  • Under general supervision, assists in the design, fabrication, maintenance or modification of electronic instrumentation and equipment for both research and teaching labs within the Civil Engineering Dept.
  • Tests and fabricates cable assemblies, prepares CAD drawings, creates/updates parts and equipment listings.
  • Position will also be responsible for ensuring that all equipment in the laboratory is properly stored and in working order.
  • Maintains, repairs and modifies equipment in the laboratories and workshop including dismantling, replacement and repair of parts and reassembles.
  • Demonstrates the operation of various equipment and instrumentation to students and staff. Will be responsible for creating or updating instructions for use of various equipment.
  • Servicing department equipment, including carrying out mechanical repair and maintenance of specialized equipment and devices after performing diagnostics and analyses. Ensuring all machinery and instruments are maintained at an optimal level.
  • Independently carries out assembly, installation and operation of experimental or specialized equipment and electronic instrumentation systems (e.g. data acquisition systems, hydraulic control systems, precision measuring sensors and signal conditioning equipment).
  • Maintaining inventory of parts, supplies and repair records.
  • Provides experimental testing support in the form of operation and/or training on complicated equipment and systems (Earthquake simulation equipment, hydraulic controls, computerized testing equipment, etc.)
  • Creates documentation for various custom equipment or procedures (operating manuals, technical assembly documentation, CAD drawings, 2D and 3D mechanical assemblies, wiring diagrams, calibration graphs.
  • Demonstrates and instructs users in the usage and operation of equipment and instrumentation. May be required to supervise the work of other personnel.

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of electronic sensors, signal conditioning, control systems, computer interfacing and data acquisition systems.
  • Good electro-mechanical assembly skills including soldering, basic metal fabrication and electronic troubleshooting.
  • Knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic control systems preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to gather, record, and organize information.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, finite element modelling, MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Ability to read and comprehend technical material.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to deal with people in a courteous, calm manner.
  • Reliable and dependable.
  • Reports directly to the Head Engineering Technician (Shop Supervisor).
  • Performs work independently involving standard procedures and techniques, but some technical advice is given for work involving non-standard techniques and procedures.
  • Worker is responsible to plan and coordinate daily work (scheduling, techniques and methods used) based on long term goals.
  • Graduation from a technical college or institute or completion of a recognized apprenticeship and a minimum three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Details:

Company: The University of British Columbia

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Application Deadline: N/A

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