Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F3001 / Sr Engineering Lab Coordinator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Oversees and coordinates the day-to-day operations of a complex of engineering laboratories and/or cleanrooms, to include oversight and leadership of lower level technical staff. Provides expert guidance, technical oversight and support to faculty and staff engaged in engineering research, design, and implementation, and oversees the design, development, and construction of related equipment or technologies. Provides formal practicum and/or classroom curriculum to undergraduate students in direct support of academic programs, as appropriate to departmental requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists in the annual budget planning process and regularly monitors expenditures.
  2. Maintains supplies and equipment inventories; orders supplies and equipment for laboratory.
  3. Develops quality standards and programs; monitors and maintains quality of laboratory operations and performance of laboratory staff in compliance with accreditation standards, safety and environmental regulations, and other applicable requirements.
  4. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  5. Maintains and/or oversees maintenance of test equipment and instruments to ensure accuracy and efficient performance.
  6. Provides technical expertise to researchers and students; responds to technical questions and may teach and/or train others in research protocols and methods, experimental procedures, laser safety, semiconductor processing, use of equipment such as scopes, detectors, and/or power supplies.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  8. Designs, builds, tests, and maintains complex laboratory equipment, to include electronic, semiconductor, laser, and optoelectronics equipment, high vacuum chambers, and/or other equipment as required.
  9. Supervises and coordinates the work of staff employees in day-to-day functional activities, as appropriate.
  10. As appropriate to the position, implements laboratory curriculum for undergraduate students in support of academic programs; prepares specified documentation and reports on student progress.
  11. Provides practical demonstrations at local high schools in support of student recruiting initiatives and/or events, as appropriate to departmental requirements.
  12. Provides technical leadership and instruction to lower level technical staff or student employees engaged in the execution of research protocol.
  13. Designs and coordinates the planning of complex laboratory experiments, ensuring adherence to protocols and safety regulations; oversees troubleshooting and correction experimental errors.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to design, build, test, operate, and maintain complex laboratory equipment.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of chemical, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, and/or environmental health standards.
  • Ability to utilize, calibrate, configure and/or troubleshoot laboratory testing systems and instruments.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Technical leadership skills within area of expertise.
  • Ability to deliver effective presentations to large and small audiences.
  • Working knowledge of practical teaching/instructional methods and techniques, as applicable to specific area of expertise.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the operational requirements and standards of an engineering teaching lab.
  • Advanced and in-depth knowledge of laboratory and experimental protocols and procedures as applicable to the area of interest.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017