Metairie Park Country Day School is seeking a Lab Manager for the Lydia Sneed Engineering Lab. Reporting to the chairman of the Department of Applied Technology, this position works in collaboration with faculty, students, and IT staff. The Engineering Lab Manager is responsible for the maintenance of all lab equipment in the physical lab and ensures that parts and materials are up to date and available. Under the purview of the Engineering Lab Manager, staff and students will be trained to operate the machines effectively and safely. Collaborating with educators in the Department of Applied Technology, this position may be involved in educational programming and activities related to the lab. The start date of this position is immediate; this position is approximately 15-20 hours per week during the academic year; the hourly rate of pay is commensurate with experience not to exceed $25 per hour.
Additional information about Country Day can be found on our website at www.mpcds.com
Duties and responsibilities:
-Ensure all fabrication needs of users of the Engineering Lab are met, including but not limited to managing the lab facilities and supporting educational experiences for the users of the lab through use of rapid prototyping, material needs assessments, and other digital technologies.
-Provide general instruction, assistance, and advice to lab users on the proper and safe use of equipment as necessary.
-Work closely with, and facilitate access to, traditional and digital fabrication technologies for students and faculty, including but not limited to 3D printers, laser cutter, CNC router, and vinyl cutters.
-Work closely with, and facilitate access to, coding and robotic technologies for students and faculty, including but not limited to VEX robotics, Parrot drones, Spheros, Hummingbird Duos, Finch robots, LEGO NXT, and AR/VR equipment.
-Conduct instructional training sessions on the use of equipment and related software and lab use policies and procedures.
-Assist users in the use of software for respective equipment, addressing technical questions or needs, troubleshooting user problems, diagnosing and correcting the problem, or securing additional assistance to address issues.
-Provide accessible instructional materials (digital and analog), guidelines, specific tutorials, and examples. Maintain records of faculty and students who have received training procedures and are authorized to use specific facilities and equipment.
-Maintain a safe, clean, and well-organized working environment with short and long-term storage in the lab.
-Maintain comprehensive inventory of equipment, spare parts, and expendable materials.
-Monitor facilities and equipment, addressing any identified problems. Arrange appropriate vendor to secure repair quotes and services. Inform supervisor of any issues or concerns related to facilities or operations.
-Additional assignments and job duties as needs arise.
-Minimum of two years’ experience working with a studio/lab/study environment represented at Country Day’s Engineering Lab
-Previous related Lab Management and experience in machining operations, especially experience teaching fabrication applications and prototyping in an educational environment, preferred
-Ability to communicate effectively in demonstrating skills, assigning responsibility, and collaborating on tasks associated with the Engineering Lab
-Ability to understand budgets with accuracy and to present numerical information effectively
-Ability to identify and analyze problems, collect and provide information, work under pressure while assessing multiple demands and supervising others
-Operational knowledge and skill in the use of fabrication equipment (CNC router, 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter), power tools, and computer applications
-Exceptional organizational and communication skills, outstanding written communication skills, strong analytical skills, ability to manage competing deadlines and track reports, collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills managing internal and external relationships
-Available to work and/or participate in school events and activities on weekends and evenings on an occasional basis with advance notice
-Understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, computational thinking and education a plus
Interested candidates may forward a cover letter and resume to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com with "PT Lab Manager" as the subject of the email. Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.