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 Safety and Transportation 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.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 3 - 160 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and up to one year (30 credit hours) of technical training, certification, and/or vocational classes or course work in a specialized area.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 4 - 750 Points: Knowledge of an extensive set of operations and procedures, specific skills and demonstrated ability, that requires considerable creativity or mechanical aptitude. Skills at this level normally require more than two and as much as five years of experience and previous training.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 75 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 2 - 50 Points: Specific guidelines and established routines exist, but some judgment in applying guidelines and deviating from standards must be exercised. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to a supervisor.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 3 - 100 Points: The purpose is to advise or counsel students, coworkers, or the general public, or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals and where relationships are generally cooperative. Contacts are moderately structured and routine.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 4 - 150 Points: Work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as climbing ladders, frequent lifting of objects over 50 pounds, crawling or crouching in restricted areas. Occasional lifting of heavy objects weighing 75 pounds or more is required.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 3 - 450 Points: The work includes various duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done depend upon knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and program goals of the supervisor and the department and involve the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each project or assignment, and the course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. The work involves elements that must be identified and analyzed to discern interrelationships.