Lane Innovation Hub Makerspace Manager - Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia

Posted in Education and Training

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West Virginia University Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is currently accepting applications for a Lane Innovation Hub Makerspace Manager.

The Lane Innovation Hub (LIH) Makerspace Manager position is to oversee daily operations and maintenance in the LIH Makerspace Rapid Prototyping Lab. Main tasks include training and supervising trained users to ensure the safety of the user, occupants, and equipment. Equipment in this lab requires a high level of skill to operate.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including: 

  • 37.5-hour work week  
  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar) 
  • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year 
  • 18 sick days per year  
    (for when you’re ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family’s, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof) 
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position) 
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ’s. 
  • Wellness programs 
What you'll do: 
  • Oversee daily operations and maintenance in the LIH Makerspace Rapid Prototyping Lab.
  • Manage, maintain, and operate a variety of LIH Makerspace fabrication and testing equipment used to perform daily tasks and activities of student projects, researchers, and external clients.  
  • Develop, schedule, and instruct fabrication/manufacturing workshops for internal users.
  • Assist students, researchers and external clients in design and assist with building and designing mechanical systems. 
  • Assist engineering courses, student projects, and other users in engineering design tasks. Make suggestions and provide feedback on design changes to users based on machine capabilities.  
  • Work with Lane Innovation Hub and Statler College Safety Officers to create and document user training requirements and lab safety protocols for Lane Innovation Hub facilities. Work with LIH Director to develop plan to coordinate facility access with satisfactory completion of equipment utilization and safety trainings.
  • Develop, maintain, and perform trainings/workshops with courses and research projects, personal projects, and external users to ensure the safe operations of the equipment.  Decide depth of training based on the hazardous nature of each piece of equipment and the corresponding task being performed. Assess trainings on a quarterly basis and revise as necessary.  
  • Oversee trained and qualified facilities users to ensure the safety of the user, occupants, and equipment.  Provide guidance and oversight when necessary and guarantee that procedures and protocols are upheld. Take the necessary action to safeguard users, employees, and facilities within Lane Innovation Hub guidelines.    
  • Create an access schedule and staffing plan for use of the facilities including internal users for recognized courses and research projects, personal projects, and users external to the institution.  Monitor plan and adjust as needed to maximize facility availability and satisfy user work requests. 
  • Create and maintain an inventory of the LIH Makerspace Rapid Prototyping Lab equipment capabilities.  Assess usage data to determine the volume on specific equipment is sufficient for and the correct capabilities are being offered for engineering course curriculum.  Ensure that the equipment remains relevant in the industry.  Make suggestions for changes to the LIH Director within the Stater College Dean’s Office. 
  • Direct users on a variety of prototyping equipment in hot works, manual machining, CNC machining, and woodworking used for engineering courses, student projects, and personal prototyping.  Provide operational knowledge on specific process to assist prototyping activities and maintain the integrity of the equipment.  
  • Assist and review tool paths generated by students, faculty and other users to ensure the safety of the equipment and the user.  Adjust cutting feeds, speeds, and cut depths for proper operations of equipment to produce a quality, final part.  


  • Technical or Associates Degree in engineering or related field
  • A minimum of four (4) years experience in the following:
    • Experience in setup, maintenance, and operations of machining, fabrication, and woodworking equipment
    • Reading and understanding blueprints and part drawings
  • A minimum of two (2) years experience in the following:
    • Instructional experience training users to safely operate manufacturing equipment
    • Working in a customer service-oriented environment
  • Demonstrates an ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates an ability to select proper processes, techniques, and tooling during fabrication
  • Demonstrates an ability to organize information, read blueprints and part drawings and relay any inconsistencies to customers
  • Demonstrates an ability to be customer oriented and work effectively with a diverse group of individuals
  • Demonstrates an ability to perform supervisory duties and support team efforts
  • Demonstrates an ability to utilize electronic systems for management activities and billing procedures
  • Demonstrates an ability to use CAD software effectively
  • An ability to operate lathes, multi-axis mills, and cutting systems including selecting feeds and speeds
  • Demonstrates an ability to operate manual machines including sheet metal fabrication equipment
  • Demonstrates an understanding of basic metallurgical properties in fabrication
  • Ability to learn institutional requirements for the protection of intellectual property, technology transfer, and export control
  • Ability to learn specific institutional or college policies and procedures
  • Ability to teach procedures and principles of machining and fabrication
  • Demonstrates an ability to utilize quality control and reverse engineering techniques to support operations
  • Demonstrates an ability to operate a multitude of software's required to operate varying degrees of machines and systems
  • Knowledge of hot works operations and welding principles
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Engineering design using different types of Computer Aided Drafting Software (Preferred)
  • Welding experience (Preferred)

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