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Research Engineering Technician II

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The Energetic Materials, Rock Characterization, and Geomechanics Research Center (EMRGe) is currently seeking a qualified individual for the Research Engineering Technician II position.

The successful candidate will provide technical leadership and perform highly skilled machine work in the design, fabrication, repair, and maintenance of advanced systems, equipment, instrumentation, and engineering processes with very close tolerance and precision as required by University faculty and staff for research purposes.

The successful candidate will work directly with researchers to consult and discuss means, methods, and possible problems for translating their ideas, sketches, engineering processes, or plans into operative apparatus. In addition, the candidate will advise researchers of available equipment on campus and possible alternative designs that might meet their needs. Coordination with other campus departments or outside consultants will be required as necessary.

Job Functions:

  • Communicate with researchers to advise on the availability of resources for projects.
  • Machine various metallic and non-metallic materials, including, but not limited to, structural steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, aluminum, titanium, reinforced plastics, wood, and rocks into components and parts; using metal lathes, drill press, milling machine, and various other hand and power tools.
  • May prepare computer-aided drafting drawings showing the detail of engineering processes and the method of equipment construction or revision, indicating dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements.
  • Perform MIG, TIG, or stick welding as part of the fabrication process; also may perform cutting, heating, or burning operations with oxyacetylene equipment.
  • Build, assemble, troubleshoot, program, and repair electronic components and data acquisition systems. Work with researchers to turn their ideas into operative apparatus; provide cost estimates and alternative designs and options.
  • Test completed units, components, and engineering processes; analyze results and make modifications as needed.
  • Operate geomechanical testing systems, explosion testing systems, and waterjet cutting equipment. (On-the-job training available).
  • Keep tools and equipment in operational order by performing and recording routine calibrations and preventative maintenance; proactively repair damaged items, salvage useful parts, or dispose of obsolete items; recommend primary equipment replacement as appropriate.
  • Recommend and implement policies concerning laboratory and shop equipment, housekeeping, and safety precautions; act swiftly to halt unauthorized use or cannibalization of equipment.
  • Attend safety meetings and work as a safety liaison between the Center and the University.

Supervision Received

Under general supervision, receives written and oral instructions as necessary but generally operates independently or based on design or operational plans and in consultation with the Center Director or requesting researcher.

Supervision Exercised

May provide direct supervision over student workers. Functional supervision is exercised over students, research associates, and faculty while operating shop equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of mechanics and machinery is desirable
  • Experience and understanding of computing, electrical, and electronic equipment are desirable
  • At least two years of experience using CAD or other design programs is preferred
  • Working knowledge of water-jetting and 3D printing is desirable
  • Working knowledge of explosives handling (with certification) is desirable
  • A valid driver's license to operate a motor vehicle in Missouri is required
  • Must be able to grasp, lift, carry and set down objects of moderate weight (25-50 lbs) regularly
  • 5 years of experience is preferred


The final candidate is required to provide copies of official transcript(s) for any college degree(s) listed in the application materials submitted. Copies of transcript(s) should be provided prior to the start of employment. In addition, the final candidate may be required to verify other credentials listed in the application materials.

Failure to provide official transcript(s) or other required verification may result in the withdrawal of the job offer.

All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

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Research Engineering Technician II