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The Design engineer will lead the mechanical aspects of the prototyping lab at Calit2's Qualcomm Institute. The lab provides design, machining, testing and prototyping of mechanical systems for projects within Calit2 and for other UCSD departments, including biomedical and robotics. The engineer will also work closely with an electrical design engineer who leads the electrical aspects of the prototyping lab.
The wide variety of services offered by the lab include design, testing, student training/supervision, and in general support of mechanical-related projects as well as mechanical prototyping. The incumbent will be responsible for leading these elements of the lab, as well as administrative tasks related to lab operation, including advertising/customer recruitment and fiscal matters. The lab consists of a Design Space and a Machine Shop.
The Design Space is dedicated to the design and assembly stages of development. It is an open and reconfigurable space that allows members to effectively share resources and also encourages collaboration. It is equipped with 3D-Printers (ABS), work benches, white boards, soldering, and basic assembly and mock-up tools. The Machine Shop is equipped with advanced machining, including a CNC Gantry Router, two CNC Mills, a Laser Cutter and Engraver, several types of saws, sheet metal shears, a drill press, box and pan metal brake, TIG welder, and wood fabrication tools. Will require experience in design of mechanical systems, prototyping and testing, as well as fabrication and CNC machining.
The engineer will interact with researchers at Calit2 and on campus, and discuss their design needs. Based on these interactions and schematics/sketches, the engineer will be independently responsible for designing the prototypes, modules, and elements and ordering parts and materials. The engineer will also participate in or oversee the assembly, fabrication and testing of such devices, and manage other users of the lab, including interns and students, and coordinate their efforts. Creativity, communication, organizational skills, and leadership are essential attributes for this position.
The position involves independently and proactively solving complex problems, and developing imaginative and thorough technical solutions to a wide range of interesting problems. Also includes interacting with a large variety of leading researchers from all over UCSD campus, being exposed to cutting-edge research and participating in related projects and possible commercialization efforts. Also, student interaction, mentoring and training are other key elements of this position. Work is performed independently at journey level with little instruction and is evaluated in terms of meeting objectives.
Graduation from college with major work in Mechanical Engineering and three (3) years of Engineering experience including one (1) year of responsible design work; or an equivalent combination of additional education and experience.
Proven knowledge of theory and design principles of mechanical design and prototyping. Experience using mechanical engineering computer aided design tools including but not limited to AutoCAD and SolidWorks
Skill in machining and setting up/calibrating a variety of machining equipment. Proven experience using Machine Tools, including but not limited to CNC Mill, Lathe, Drill Press, Band Saw, Pan Box Break, LaserCAM.
Demonstrated knowledge of Shock and Vibration analysis and design tolerance.
Demonstrated knowledge of combustion and Thermodynamics analysis and design.
Demonstrated knowledge of ElectroDynamics analysis.
Experience in managing a lab facility, including knowledge of project management, staff management, safety requirements and recharge/financial support to keep the facility operating smoothly.
Proven experience as a mechanical design engineer and working as a lead in a technical role, providing engineering/design services and project management.
Demonstrated experience with laboratory safety, including a knowledge of mechanical, electrical, mechanical and/or chemical safety procedures.
Proven ability to supervise work of other engineers and/or students. Desire to work with students, including training and mentoring preferred.
Strong interpersonal and communication (oral & written) skills and ability to effectively communicate and i