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Requisition ID:  19777

Instructional Support Engineer

Job Summary:

The Instructional Support Engineer works in the Electronics shop and serves as a consultant, providing direct support to faculty, staff, and students in the school’s formal instructional labs for all undergraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering. This includes more than 9 formal courses across 8 instructional labs. This position also supports 3 computer labs used to teach additional courses.


Day-to-day responsibilities include maintenance and repair of instructional lab equipment and ensuring the instructional facilities are ready for each lab session. Equipment consists primarily of custom-designed instrumentation that is not commercially available; as such, this position develops documentation related to specification, design, fabrication, testing, and repair of equipment and develops and trains on these elements. Repair and maintenance involve root cause analysis and complex decision-making related to problems that do not have clear solutions and require new, engineered solutions. Through these responsibilities, the Instructional Support Engineer ensures labs are running at optimal functionality in order to enable successful completion of course projects, objectives, assignments, and outcomes for faculty, staff, and students.


This position collaborates frequently with new faculty and teaching assistants each semester to provide safety training, equipment training, lab orientations, and prescribe processes if issues arise in working with complex lab equipment/instrumentation. The training materials and topics are to be developed by this position in response to identified needs and deficiencies of knowledge in course instructional staff. This position will also participate in weekly course meetings to ensure the safe and consistent operation of the labs.


This position will provide strategic guidance in the development of new laboratory experiments and apparatus to further modernize the school’s undergraduate program. In this role, given new concepts in lab apparatus, this position will lead the design efforts to physically implement this concept idea. This position will engage collaborators and resources as needed to develop the proposed solution and bring the proposal through the design review process, construction process, and implementation process. Additionally, the Instructional Support Engineer will hire and supervise undergraduate students working to support the school’s instructional and computer labs.    


  • Bachelor’s degree in science technology, engineering, or mathematical field
  • Two (2) years of experience in electronics, microcontrollers, and/or test and measurement systems
  • Programming skills using microcontrollers     
  • Experience using soldering equipment and basic hand tools
  • CAD software and programming/coding experience
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in process/project management
  • Ability to interact with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to convey information critical to safety and process    



  • Experience in electronics design, fabrication, and troubleshooting, as well as making and mechanical assembly


Additional Information:

  • International candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment-based visa sponsorship available for qualified candidates. 
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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