Harvard University Technical Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

46384BRAuto req ID:46384BRJob Code:398056 Technical Manager Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Manager and Technical InstructorSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent and 2-5 years of industrial/shop work experience is required.

  • Experience with Prototrak CNC controls, CAD software (e.g. Solidworks and/or Fusion 360), and MasterCam are required.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The ability to communicate professionally and work effectively with all types of people, including faculty, students, researchers and staff from diverse backgrounds is essential.

  • Completion of a 2-year and/or 4- year mechanical/engineering/technology program is highly preferred. (Working knowledge in the disciplines is more important than formal academic training.)

  • A broad shop skillset, including welding (TIG), soldering/electronics and laser cutting, is preferred. The desire to improve depth and breadth of machining knowledge/skills and engage in on-the-job training is essential.

  • Experience with basic equipment troubleshooting and repair is desirable.

  • Experience quoting jobs in a machine shop environment is a plus.

  • Must have the ability to create and deliver training one-on-one and to groups. Related experience is preferred.

  • A strong interest in learning and developing management skills is important; managerial experience and basic experience with financial and/or inventory management is a plus.

  • Basic computer proficiency - word processing, database management, spreadsheets, and email is required.

  • The ideal candidate will be capable of juggling multiple tasks and working in a fast-paced environment effectively.

  • Flexibility and the willingness to take on new responsibilities as needed is essential.

​Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for long periods

  • Ability to work in an environment where the noise level may be moderate to high at times

  • Manual dexterity

  • Ability to travel between multiple work locations on campus as needed

  • This position may also require lifting, handling and carrying up to 50 pounds; bending, squatting, and reaching over head; climbing ladders or step stools; and pushing/pulling.

Additional Information:PLEASE NOTE:

  • Finalists will be tested on basic machining and teaching/training skills as part of the interview process.

  • SEAS is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Commitment to Diversity

SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Many SEAS employees are eligible for Flexible Work Arrangements, which may be explored during the interview process.

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are: educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu.

Department:SEAS^ShopsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Technical Duties & Responsibilities:SUMMARY

The Assistant Manager and Technical Instructor, Machine Shops performs a broad range of technical and managerial duties within Harvard’s instructional and professional Machine Shops, supporting learning and research activities taking place jointly at SEAS and the FAS Department of Physics. This position will report administratively to the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, while reporting day-to-day to the Director of Fabrication and Student Shops, serving as backup to the director as needed. The ideal candidate will work proactively to identify shop practices and policies that support an inclusive and supportive learning environment. The ability to communicate with and work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds is essential for success.

NOTE: This is a term position for 18 months from the date of hire, with the possibility of renewal.


  • Supervises all machining/fabrication activities in the Instructional Machine Shop during regular Shop hours, and monitors and reviews after-hours incidents as needed.

  • Creates, develops, and delivers advanced equipment/technique training, (e.g. metal laser cutter, gas/MIG/TIG welding, brazing). Delivers extended Shop training 1-on-1 and in small groups on CNC mills and lathes, saws, shears, grinders, CAD software, MasterCam, and on new equipment.

  • Develops and maintains written standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Shop users.

  • Serves as the Safety Officer, attending monthly safety committee meetings, and ensuring safe working policies and procedures across the various shops within SEAS/Physics. Delivers safety trainings for new users, including a mix of graduate and undergraduate students, researchers (post-docs, scientists), staff, and faculty, and oversees lab safety roster administration and auditing.

  • Consults with internal Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) to ensure the Shop spaces comply with health and safety regulations and standards.

  • Oversees financial expenditures.

  • Monitors spending and develops annual financial budget forecasts.

  • Identifies and evaluates equipment needs in consultation with the Director, faculty, and shop users.

  • Identifies and implements cost efficient purchasing practices; monitors inventory and replenishes as needed. Communicates with vendors to obtain quotes, and prepares purchase requisitions.

  • Tracks equipment maintenance records, hardware warranties, contract expiration dates, related software updates and license renewals.

  • Supervises regular Professional Machine Shop staff in the absence of the Director. May also supervises student and temp employees.

  • Duties and responsibilities may change in response to business needs.

  • May perform physical tasks related to machine shop work, which may include occasional lifting, handling and carrying up to 50 pounds; climbing ladders or step stools; pushing/pulling; bending, squatting, and reaching over head.

School/Unit:Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.