Requisition ID:  29395

Machine Shop Student Educator

Job Summary

This position will work in the Student Project Machine Shop and provide direct instruction to students in the use of Machine Tools to make prototype parts. This position helps students develop drawings and solid models of parts and translate these drawings into real parts using machine tools in the ME project Machine Shop. This position will also ensure safety is maintained within the ME Student project shop complex and assist with proper training procedures for student employees. This position will also serve as an instructor for formal ME lab courses meeting in the Student Project Machine Shop requiring good verbal and written communication as well as the ability to handle complex problems with novel solving skills.

Who We Are

The School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University has a mission to change the world for the better, one student at a time. We began in 1882 as experts in locomotives (thus the name "Boilermakers!") and now in the 21st century, we continue to move the world forward by combining the latest technologies with the strongest of fundamentals.


About 2,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students, and 90 faculty are part of the Purdue ME family.  As one of the broadest engineering disciplines, our students and faculty have the widest variety of interests and expertise. We maintain high standards, whether in the classroom, the laboratory, or the workplace.  Purdue ME is one of the top ten schools in the country, as ranked by US News & World Report.


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What We Are Looking For


Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM or Education
  • A minimum of 4-5 years of experience in teaching or working in a teaching shop environment 
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered




  • Ability to use Manual Machine Tools (Mill, Lathe, Bandsaw, and basic fabrication techniques)
  • CAD software fundamentals using AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or similar software



  • CNC knowledge
  • CO2 laser knowledge
  • Computer skills
  • Making or prototyping experience

Additional Information

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • 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
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette