2115 Engineering Shop and Laboratory Supervisor


TITLE Engineering Shop and Laboratory Supervisor




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Program Director, Cooperative Engineering Program

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Natural and Applied Science


The Engineering Shop and Laboratory Supervisor performs skilled work in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service, and repair of laboratory equipment in the engineering labs.  The Engineering Shop and Laboratory Supervisor develops safety procedures in alignment with Missouri State and Missouri S&T guidelines for the labs, coordinates a learning module on shop safety and the use of laboratory equipment each semester, and ensures that proper safety equipment is being utilized by students, faculty, and staff.  The Engineering Shop and Laboratory Supervisor assists faculty by preparing samples for laboratory classes and ensuring that all equipment and instrumentation is working for each class.  The Engineering Shop and Laboratory Supervisor supports distance classes by ensuring that the technology is working and connections are made.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent plus completion of a maintenance vocational/technical school or a recognized apprenticeship program in general mechanical maintenance is required.  However, significant mechanical maintenance experience beyond that required for the position and a demonstrated ability in one of the mechanical trades may be substituted for the required vocational/technical school or apprenticeship.

Experience: At least four years of successful experience in one of the mechanical trades is required.

Skills: Knowledge of the safety equipment and procedures used in construction and machine shops is required.  General mechanical ability which includes skills in the use of electrical test equipment, small hand and power tools, mechanical equipment, and materials applicable to the mechanical trades is required.  The ability to interpret wiring diagrams, blueprints, and schematics is required. Computer literacy is required. Verbal and written communication skills are required for writing safety rules and conducting safety training. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: The ability to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds on a frequent basis and up to one-hundred pounds on an occasional basis is required.  The nature of the position includes prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis.  Work is performed in environments that are dusty, noisy, and contain hazardous materials and equipment.

License: A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.

Other: The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and lubricants common to mechanical work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.


1. Coordinates with Missouri State offices of University Safety and Environmental Management and Missouri S&T departments of Civil and Electrical Engineering in the development and maintenance of a safety manual for the engineering labs and machine shop.

2.  Checks all engineering labs and the machine shop daily to assure that the equipment is being used properly, that students, faculty, and staff are wearing safety glasses, hearing protection and other necessary safety equipment, and reports any safety concerns to the program director.

3.  Coordinates a learning module on shop safety and the use of lab equipment every semester.

4. Performs skilled mechanical maintenance work in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service, and repair of laboratory and machine shop equipment by inspecting and testing elements of those systems to locate and diagnose faults and malfunctions, troubleshooting problems, and making adjustments and/or performing required repairs using hand and power tools and precision measuring and testing devices, and providing an estimate of repair (and/or replacement) costs to the program director.

5. Minimizes institutional liability regarding Missouri State’s and Missouri S&T’s compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws and regulations governing environmental protection, safety, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of chemical substances and materials.

6. Practices preventive maintenance in maintaining electronic test equipment and mechanical tools by performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, oiling moving parts, cleaning and servicing tools and equipment as directed or specified in the operator's manual, and returning damaged tools and equipment for repair or replacement.

7. Supports academic instruction and faculty research efforts by planning, designing, constructing, and testing experimental and scientific equipment (often with only a brief verbal or written description of expected results) that is mechanical and operational and consulting and coordinating with College of Natural and Applied Sciences’ Experimental Machinist, Electronic Technicians, Instructional Technology Support Specialists, Distributed User Support Specialists, and other personnel as necessary.

8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the Cooperative Engineering Program by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Engineering Shop and Laboratory Supervisor – Cooperative Engineering Program is supervised by the Program Director, Cooperative Engineering and may instruct or direct others who are assisting in maintenance work.