Company: Lehigh University
Skills: Mechanical Engineering, Drafting, Mechanical Technician
Other Skills: Machining, Machinist
Experience: 3 + Years
Education: Associates/2 yr Degree/Diploma
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Lehigh University

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Lehigh University provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits.

Responsible for supporting the Chemical Engineering Department's undergraduate teaching laboratories and undergrad projects such as OSI. This support encompasses equipment maintenance, purchases of lab supplies, design and fabrication of new experiments. Maintains a safe lab by participating in safety audits, waste disposal activities and monitors the purchase and storage of compressed gas cylinders.

1. Mechanical services support for the Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Lab in Building "H", and other undergraduate labs such as the Interdisciplinary Controls Lab in Packard Lab
*Maintains an inventory of chemicals, compressed gases and spare parts
*Fabricates equipment using design, machining and/or welding skills
*Performs regular preventive maintenance on permanent experiments used by undergraduate students
*Audits the lab weekly for safety and security concerns
*Collaborates with the Lab Manager on design of revisions and new experiments
*Responds to mechanical problems during lab operations
*Evaluates the operational condition of the experiments

2. Mechanical services support for faculty and students involved in research activities
*Fabricates equipment using design, machining and/or welding skills to create parts and assembles from raw materials
*Educates the Graduate Students on correct use of fittings, tubing, etc. used in fluid conveyance systems
*Reviews students design ideas, collaborates on design; provides information on shop capabilities and recommends suitable methods
*Supervises students use of tools and equipment in the shop; assists students in developing their experiment to operate correctly
*Uses Autocad for mechanical layouts to obtain dimensions or flesh out a design idea; creates drawings in AutoCAD for conveying information to a vendor
*Diagnoses and repairs equipment
*Tracks shop time and material charges, reallocates charges to research accounts

3. Technical support for undergraduate projects such as the "ChE185" course and OSI
*Performs machining, welding or assembly that is beyond the students' skill level or familiarity prior to the next class meeting
*Supervises students while in the shop for safe and correct work habits
*Moves equipment and sets it up in different locations
*Communicates with undergrads regarding their ideas to solve a course problem
*Orders supplies needed by faculty and students
*Provides students with tools

4. Safety, environmental and other department tasks
*Participates in safety audits of ChE labs with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety
*Attends safety training of fire extinguishers, right-to-know laws, waste disposal procedures, etc.
*Works with our gas supplier to arrange training/safety seminars for students
*Reviews the Department's compressed gas cylinder purchasing and storage requirements in Iacocca Hall before orders are released to the lab stores
*Responsible for the mechanical shop's chemical inventory reporting and waste disposal
*Inventories the cylinders and contents
*Performs major cleanup operations in Iacocca Hall labs and the mezzanine area of the ATLSS Building by removing old equipment and chemicals
*Adds bookmarks to the PCs and signs in the unit operations lab for quick reference to MSDS websites
*Regularly moves desks, file cabinets, chairs, bookcases and blackboards to storage and vice versa
*Hangs pictures and plaques in offices and hallways
*Build shipping crates to send materials for conferences
*Travel to commercial research facilities to collect donated equipment

Grade: 9-37.5

Position Number: S75140

Special Considerations

This position works with minors

Will nearly continuously need to walk, sit, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, climb or balance; use hands to reach, touch, handle or feel and work near moving mechanical parts

Required to lift 10 pounds, occasionally up to 100 pounds

Subject to working in areas with electrical hazard, frequent vibration, fumes or airborne particles, potential radiation and work hazards

May occasionally be required to work in extreme non-weather hot, cold or humid conditions


Associates Degree in Drafting, Design, Mechanical Technician or equivalent combination of education and experience; Bachelor's Degree preferred

Three to five years related work experience

Experience working in a machining job shop, setting up various machinery

Welding experience in multiple processes

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Solid writing ability

Excellent organizational skills, time management and sound judgment

Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Supervisory experience preferred

Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software

Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position