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Civil Engineering Laboratory Technician

locationKnoxville, TN, USA
PublishedPublished: 5/8/2024
Full Time

Title: Civil Engineering Laboratory Technician

Position #: 690110

Type of Appointment: Full-Time

Pay Rate: $38,870 - $47,730/per year. Pay will be determined based on related work experience above required. To be considered in determining pay, all related work experience must be listed on the application.

Department: Engineering & Media Technologies

Required Documents Needed to Upload at Time of Application:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Three professional references (see below)

Reference check requirements:

Non-supervisory roles: three (3) current or former supervisors

Personal references (friends, co-workers, clergy, customers, relatives) are not considered acceptable references

Basic Job Summary: The overall purpose of this job is to provide technical and laboratory support to the ARCT, CIVT, IDT programs and ENS courses as well as provide support in summer to other areas in Engineering Technologies if necessary.

Essential Job Functions:

35% Setup, assist, develop, and instruct laboratory sessions (with possible flexing of schedule to include evening classes and labs). Assist faculty and students in the use of laboratory equipment and software.

15% Operate, maintain and repair a variety of laboratory equipment in the areas of CIVT (Civil Engineering Technology) and ENS (Engineering Science).

15% Order and maintain an inventory of equipment, supplies, and software. Maintain site/lab licenses for CIVT, Architectural Design Technology, Interior Design Technology, and ENS software. Dispose of obsolete equipment, software and hazardous waste generated in laboratories. Track budget expenditures and process paperwork.

10% Work with information services to set-up, operate, and maintain PC’s and related equipment. Instruct faculty and students in the use of equipment and software. Monitor the open computer laboratory and provide assistance to students.

10% Work with faculty, other technicians and other College personnel to offer specialty offerings such as workshops and camps.

5% Supervise work study and other student employees as necessary

10% Other duties as assigned. Assist in preparation of lecture materials (PowerPoint slides, graphics and photocopies). Assist in preparation and update of web based courses and course materials.. Conduct lab tours and demos.

Note: The College reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, or combine positions at any time.

Key Result Areas:Order supplies, equipment and materials in time for use by faculty/students in the courses that require them. Maintain timely setup and/or equipment preparation for class and laboratory sessions. Ensure that necessary software is requested for load and that program specific licensing is current for each semester.  

Job Requirements:

An Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology or related field from an accredited institution OR the ability to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology or related field from an accredited institution within (1) year of initial employment date and a minimum of 5 years related work experience, 

OR,

A high school diploma/GED equivalent and 7 years related work experience with the ability to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology or related field from an accredited institution within (5) years of initial employment date (candidates must take 6 credit hours per academic year). 

Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% credit of full-time work experience.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Prioritize tasks and work independently
  • Read and understand technical documentation: ASTM procedures, instrument/sensor/ software manuals.
  • Prepare/edit detailed laboratory procedures/instructions, schedules, project descriptions, purchase requirements/justifications
  • Be proactive to the requirements of job
  • Follow directions as provided
  • Communicate effectively (written and verbal)
  • Operate, calibrate, maintain and repair a variety of laboratory equipment in the areas of responsibility
  • Order needed materials which will require communication with vendors
  • Supervise student workers
  • Assist faculty in both lab and lecture
  • Maintain timely setup and/or equipment preparation for class and laboratory sessions
  • Ensure that necessary software is requested for load and that program specific licensing is current for each semester. 
  • Effectively and efficiently set-up and use equipment in areas of responsibility
  • Troubleshoot issues that arise and effectively solve problems
  • Work with faculty and students in a collaborative manner
  • Adhere to safety requirements and College policies
  • Safely dispose of supplies and materials used within areas of responsibility
  • Ability to engage in the College’s mission and values

Other Skills:

  • Attention to detail
  • Organized
  • Possess analytical and technical skills to carry out the responsibilities of the position

Complexity & Creativity:

The position requires a considerable amount of analytical and technical skills to carry out the responsibilities. Institution policies and procedures are available for purchasing, disposal of equipment and software etc. but often require additional information/interpretation for the particular situation. Occasionally industry/professional (ASTM, ASME, TDOT etc.) standards are helpful in the set-up and use of equipment.

Judgement & Decisions:

Employee makes decisions relating to the set-up and operation of ARCT, CIVT, IDT and ENS labs, the purchase, maintenance and calibration of equipment and the purchase of software and supplies. The employee also works in collaboration with colleagues to make decisions regarding the disposal of obsolete equipment, software, and supplies. Most decisions can be made without referral to a supervisor but usually involve some consultation with affected faculty.

Physical Demands:

A portion of the workday is spent in an office in front of a computer. Lab setups require walking between classrooms and storage areas often carrying equipment. Lab setups also require moving tables, chairs and bulky equipment such as concrete mixers. Five gallon pails of aggregates and soil (50-60 lb) must be obtained and stored. Some outdoor work is also required to support land surveying courses. Teaching a lab also involves standing and walking.

Must be able to communicate with faculty, other staff, students and vendors. Must be able to hear beeps and other instrument sounds. Instrument setup sometimes involves precise positioning and/or measurement. Using drafting software requires the ability to differentiate multiple layers in a drawing, the layers are usually represented by different colors and/or symbols.

Hazards:                                                                                                                                                                                  Possible injury from tool use, lifting/moving aggregate (~50-60 lbs), lifting/moving concrete cylinders and beams, moving furniture and/or equipment for lab setups. The frequency of exposure is daily to weekly. The probability of injury is low with proper techniques and protective equipment.

Note: The College reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, or combine positions at any time.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for a position at Pellissippi State, you must create an on-line application. Your skills, abilities, qualifications, and years of experience will be evaluated using only what is recorded on your application. Work experience that is not listed on the application will not be considered towards compensation. Please note: attaching a resume does not substitute for completion of the application form. Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% of full-time experience. Please note: to scan, upload, or attach documents, a computer and scanner are available at the Hardin Valley Campus Educational Resources Center, if needed.

Pellissippi State Community College is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA employer

If you have any problems or questions please contact Human Resources at Pellissippi State Community College’s Human Resource Office at 865-694-6607 or by email at recruiting@pstcc.edu.

A summary of our benefits can be found at http://www.pstcc.edu/hr/benefits

If you are interested in this position, click on the link to the left to apply.

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