Instructional Lab Manager

Tacoma, Washington State
$60,000-70,000 + benefits
Jan 21, 2022
Feb 20, 2022
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The School of Engineering & Technology (SET) at the University of Washington Tacoma has an opening for an Instructional Lab Manager. The Instructional Lab Manager is responsible for managing and administering the Civil Engineering Program teaching and research laboratories. These facilities are used by students, faculty, and staff to carry out the educational and research mission of the University. Civil Engineering is a new program at SET and will begin offering lab-based courses in Autumn Quarter 2022. The discipline is continuously evolving with technology. The curriculum requires that students devote significant amounts of time to performing laboratory experiments and design projects. The department plans to support instructional laboratories in Structural Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Hydraulics, and Environmental Engineering

The person in this position manages the department’s instructional laboratory facilities. The person in this position must possess modern laboratory and computer-related skills to be able to create and integrate data acquisition systems and unique new sensors with the demands of evolving technology, possess a strong mechanical aptitude, and the ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects. In addition, knowledge of and/or experience in the above-mentioned sub-disciplines of civil engineering is a must. The instructional laboratory manager is provided a budget for maintaining and upgrading laboratory facilities, and has the responsibility for allocating these funds. Additional tasks may be assigned by the Dean, Director of Operations, or Chair of the Civil Engineering Program. The person in this position works closely with the staff in SET Technical Support which supports other programs within the School.

Initial duties will include working with the SET Director of Operations and Campus Planning & Project Delivery Office on designing and facilitating the construction of the Civil Engineering Spaces.

SET is a vibrant and rapidly growing school that is guided by the campus core values of excellence, community, diversity, and innovation in the South Puget Sound region. We expect our faculty and staff to have a strong commitment to working with underrepresented populations and enhancing the diversity of STEM education.


• Oversee design and fabrication of new lab experiments and demonstrations, update lab handouts, train TAs and perform demonstrations;
• Engineering support for students – training & demonstrations for senior design teams, civil engineering clubs, projects & research;
• Ensure that facilities, equipment and supplies are up-to-date and ready for classroom usage;
• Support program curriculum and student learning outcomes;
• Oversee lab equipment by making sure that it is working and in good condition;
• Check in/out lab materials/equipment to students as needed;
• Maintain inventory of hardware for course usage (supplies, equipment, etc.)
• Make recommendations for new equipment, and write funding requests for such equipment
• Install, update, configure and maintain software on lab computers to support student learning (in conjunction with SET Tech Support Team); provide technical support for the lab to ensure reliable operation, timely upgrades and coordination of local and remote resources.
• Oversee lab safety compliance in all civil engineering labs and train students, faculty, and staff in the safe and effective operation of civil engineering lab equipment
• Responsible for regular disposal of surplus property
• Participate in Civil Engineering Outreach activities


• Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field and at least three years experience with automation equipment repair/maintenance

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Ability to lift up to 50lbs
• Excellent troubleshooting skills
• Experience ensuring lab safety protocols are adhered to
• Have positive human relations skills
• Have the ability to communicate laboratory procedures and theoretical concepts to students
• Proven ability to work effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Combination of commensurate professional experience and formal training plus laboratory experience in an educational setting


• Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in Civil Engineering
• Experience repairing laboratory or shop equipment
• Experience developing and executing lab safety protocols
• Have the ability to use algebra, trigonometry, and calculus to solve chemistry, physics, and engineering problems
• Knowledge of and/or hands-on experience with all of the civil engineering sub-disciplines (i.e. structural, geotechnical, water resources and environmental engineering) supported by the labs
• Knowledge and hands-on experience with data acquisition
• Budget management experience

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