Student Research Assistant - Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering - Department of Companion Animals - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Student Position
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Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering - Department of Companion Animals
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
5-10 hours per week
$12.60 per hour (vacation pay included)

March 18 – 31, 2019

The School of Sustainable Design Engineering is seeking applications for one (1) temporary student research assistant position. This position is required to work in the lab under the direction of Dr. Nadja Bressan, Assistant Professor, to develop a loading frame for canine cadaver limbs, for use in a biomechanical study being conducted at the Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI.


• Confirm project requirements by reviewing program objective, input data, and output requirements with analyst, supervisor, and client
• Ability to analyze drawings, sketches, and design data to determine dimension and configuration
• Creation of component, assembly drawings
• Send files to operators and work according to schedule so that parts will be cut to meet due dates
• Maintain efficient storage of files (computer) for customer program
• Play an active role in continuous improvement activities


• Students must be proficient at basic computer programming, background research, technical communication, and creative problem solving
• CAD/CAM and 3D Modelling knowledge and experience required (Solid Works software is preferred)
• Previous experience with the biomechanical study above is highly desirable
• Strong, measurable experience in manufacturing environment required
• Ability to maintain confidentiality of information handled
• A willingness to learn and improve systems as needed
• Knowledge of sheet metal layout and familiarity with gauges and stretch outs
• Proven mechanical ability
• Effective verbal and written communication
• Self-motivated; proactive in improving processes and anticipating needs/problems
• General understanding of Total Quality Management/ISO Standards
• Safety focused
• Ability to establish priorities, work independently and proceed with objectives without supervision
• Ability to handle and resolve recurring problems in a timely manner
• Thorough understanding and efficiency with drafting standard

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the Procedures manual.

Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website ( Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.