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Instructional Classroom Support Technician 4

Western Washington University - Engineering and Design Department k

Bellingham, WA

Mar 12
Job Description

Position Title: Instructional Classroom Support Technician 4

About the Department

The Engineering and Design Department supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Industrial Design Lab Manager is responsible for managing and administering the Industrial Design program teaching and creative design laboratories and spaces. These facilities are used by students, faculty, and staff to carry out the educational and scholarly mission of the University.

The discipline is continuously evolving with technology, and the curriculum requires that students devote significant amounts of time to performing laboratory work and design projects. Currently the program has the Industrial Design Models & Prototyping Lab I (ET128), the Industrial Design Models & Prototyping Lab II (ET 344), and equipment in ID classrooms (ET 129 & ET 350) that support both teaching and creative design activities. The Industrial Design program is in the Engineering and Design department, which consists of four independent programs: Industrial Design, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Polymer Materials Engineering. Each of these programs has a set of labs, and the department also has a project lab and a makerspace that are open to all programs within the department and all students in the University respectively.

The person in this position manages the Industrial Design program’s laboratory and design facilities. The person in this position must possess modern laboratory and computer-related skills to be able to create and integrate unique new equipment and methods with the demands of evolving technology, possess a strong design aptitude, and the ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects. The Industrial Design 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 Industrial Design Program Director or the Chair of the Department of Engineering and Design. The person in this position works closely with the faculty in the program and with technical staff who manage labs for the other programs.

This position has primary responsibility for managing Industrial Design laboratories, but also needs to supervise equipment and personnel in the Makerspace and Project Lab at times and may be called in to help other programs as needed.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design or a related discipline.
- Experience managing people or projects or budgets or shared spaces
- Experience managing resources for multiple unrelated tasks that may have different stakeholders and teams
- Experience with employee or student training and supervision in a laboratory or industrial setting.
- Experience with modeling making equipment (such as table saws, band saws, manual mills and lathes, drill presses, sanders, and planers)
- Familiarity with technical communication standards and codes. Examples include, but are not limited to: Engineering drawings, Computer Aided Design, OSHA standards, Industrial Hygiene
- Demonstrated ability to work independently.
- Excellent troubleshooting skills.
- Attention to detail and good organizational skills.
- Flexibility and motivation to learn new skills and techniques.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues.
- Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from an accredited program.
- Three years’ experience as an engineering technician or related experience.
- Experience managing people and work schedules.
- Experience managing shared spaces that are used by multiple groups in planned and ad-hoc manners.
- Experience managing budgets for the purchase of equipment, supplies, consumables, tooling, etc.
- Experience managing projects and timelines to meet customer requirements.
- Experience working in a higher education laboratory setting.
- Experience teaching or as a teaching assistant.
- Experience with chemical inventory, management, or disposal.

Conditions of Employment

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.


$4,472 - $6,018/month depending on qualifications and experience

Benefits Information

See the application page for details.

Bargaining Unit

This position is part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.

Application Instructions

Application materials should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins April 2, 2024; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 126 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3303 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires which includes a sexual misconduct background check.

Western Washington University - Engineering and Design Department

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Western Washington University is committed to achieving excellence through advancing inclusive success, increasing our Washington impact, and focusing on transformational education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and based on innovative scholarship, research, and creative activity. Western's greatest strength is the outstanding students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae who make up its community. Western supports an inclusive governance structure for all and provides a learning and working environment in which everyone can thrive. In pursuit of this excellence, individual employees are expected to establish and maintain productive and effective inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, student, and external constituents. Further, individual employees are expected to have the ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic, societal, environmental) into all aspects of performing their job duties.