Engineer 1 Job #11034

Case Western Reserve University   Cleveland , OH   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on February 21, 2023
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Working under general supervision, support engineering faculty with acquisition, installation, and maintenance of experimental laboratory equipment with special emphasis in the department of Civil Engineering. Provide general technical services to faculty, students and research staff on laboratory planning and technical applications that solve various problems in the areas of civil engineering materials, instrumentation, data acquisition, testing systems, and CAD. Support research and student competition lab work of faculty and students; perform some laboratory course demonstrations.    



  1. Perform specific aspects of a broader engineering problem. Evaluate, install, and maintain engineering laboratory equipment and systems used for both teaching and research. (10%)
  2. Apply methods and techniques, adjust and correlate data, determine errors in results, and follow the operation through a series of related steps to completion. Operate and maintain MTS servo-hydraulic testing machines. (10%)
  3. Utilize knowledge of sensors (strain gauges, load cells, displacement transducers, accelerometers, etc.), signal conditioning and data acquisition systems. (highly desirable). (9%)
  4. Support complex scientific and research programs related to area of specialization; analyze data, monitor, and oversee experimental process, and design and develop prototypes, specialized equipment, and/or systems. Implement fabrication and experimental setup, including stick and MIG welding. (9%) Rigging and maneuvering heavy loads. (6%)
  5. Exercise judgment on certain details of the work and in assisting in making preliminary selections and adoptions of possible alternatives. Maintain a safe laboratory environment in accordance with university procedures and policies. (6%)
  6. May be assisted in work by a technician or student helper. Work with students to stock and maintain laboratory hardware for faculty, research staff and teaching laboratories within the departments. (9%)
  7. Assist undergraduate and graduate students with the design, fabrication, instrumentation, testing, and disposal of laboratory experiments. (9%)
  8. Assist with student competitions (Steel Bridge, High School Bridge, etc.) and senior projects. (9%)
  9. Assist with organization and mild repair of survey equipment. (8%)



  1. Assist with set up and take down of furniture to support department and student events. (5%)
  2. Assist with improvement projects of faculty and student spaces such as moving of furniture, reorganization, and disposal of items. (5%)
  3. Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)



Department: Daily contact with department chairs and faculty, staff, managers, and research assistants for information on setting up projects or class exercises.

University: Moderate contact with faculty, administration, and research staff. Communicating regarding status of projects and completing university requests for tasks.

External: Occasional contact with vendors and suppliers, when placing orders, or following up with orders for lab assignments.

Students: Frequent contact with undergraduate and graduate students to provide technical support.



This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.



Experience: 0 to 2 years of professional engineering experience.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.



  1. Operation and basic preventive maintenance of MTS servo-hydraulic testing systems and pumps.
  2. Civil and Mechanical Engineering materials technology.
  3. Knowledge of Civil Engineering materials, specifically: concrete, steel, wood, masonry, soils and composites.
  4. Large scale fixturing and fabrication, including stick and MIG welding.
  5. Skills at rigging and maneuvering heavy loads.
  6. Experience and expertise in laboratory safety equipment.
  7. Basic data processing skills, specifically Microsoft Excel.
  8. Exhibit initiative and responsibility and possess the ability to exercise judgment with intermittent supervision.
  9. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.
  10. Ability to meet consistent attendance.



The employee will be exposed to commercial machinery oil, and dust from wood or concrete substances, and occasionally lifting up to 20lbs. Occasionally will be operating a forklift, and also driving the university’s department truck to pick up orders. Valid driver’s license is required. Employee will be performing activities such as: Balance; Bend/ Stoop; Climb stairs; Crawl; Crouch; Climb ladders; Kneel; Keyboard/ Type; Push/ Pull; Reach; Reach above shoulder; Repetitive motion; Squat; and /or use computer mouse. Employee will be utilizing protective equipment such as protective eyewear; appropriate gloves; hearing protection; respiratory mask protection; and hard hat.



In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.



Case Western Reserve University has implemented a COVID Vaccination policy requiring evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff with an on-campus presence. Religious and medical exemptions may be provided in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. For more information go to: Applicants may contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 / for information regarding religious or medical exemptions as an accommodation.