Human Resources

Research Associate

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Department: Manufacturing & Mech Eng Technology
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Support research activity, undergraduate laboratories, senior design, and enterprise programs in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET) and the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (ECE).

Work hours will typically be from noon to 8:00 pm when school is in session and will be split between MMET (60%) and ECE (40%).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Including the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Fabricate devices, fixtures, and enclosures in a variety of materials including ferrous, non-ferrous, plastic, ceramic, wood, and composites for students and research personnel.
2. Fabricate printed circuit boards for students and research personnel.
3. Provide general laboratory support in machining, carpentry, welding, plumbing, and mechanical areas for students and research personnel.
4. Design and build custom electronic and mechanical equipment.
5. Serve as a consultant to students on their design projects.
6. Prepare drawings for fixtures needing machining skills required by research personnel and students.
7. Maintain laboratories and laboratory equipment, both mechanical and electrical.
8. Provide training to students and faculty in machine shop practice and operation, including safety orientation and documentation.
9. Maintain and enforce safety polices for shop and laboratory facilities consistent with university, state and federal regulations.
10. Maintain cleanliness and sanitation of Machine Shop and fabrication area.
11. Use computer workstations and basic software programs, and provide basic technical support.
12. Maintain records for expenses incurred for individual projects, including labor, materials, and machine use.

Functional supervision of student employees may be required.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Level 1 AWS welding certification or ability to obtain within 6 months after date of hire
Experience in a machine shop or similar environment
Experience with fixtures for welding and machining operations
Experience using MIG/TIG welders
Experience using personal computers and basic software packages
Experience constructing and troubleshooting physical systems in a work environment

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience with CAM software
Experience with computer numerical controlled machines
Experience with electrical circuits & wiring

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and exercise good judgment
Demonstrated ability to use basic machine tools
Demonstrated knowledge of material properties and applications

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Demonstrated ability in soldering electrical components
Demonstrated ability to make basic electrical measurements (voltage, current & resistance)

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to complete routine reports. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one situations to faculty, students or employees.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to apply concepts such as trigonometry, fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of problems in standard situations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions in mathematical, diagram, written or oral form.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear, and use hands or fingers to handle or feel an object.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee may occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 100 pounds; regularly lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics, described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally required to work in high, precarious places and may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions and vibrations. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee is regularly required to work near moving mechanical parts.

The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


2nd Shift

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable Based on Experience and Qualifications

Title of Position Supervisor

Operations/Facilities Supervisor

Posting Type

Internal & External

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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