MTS Level 7 - Mechanical Engineering Design Technician - School of Engineering - Faculty of Science (amended June 4)

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Date of Posting: 
June 3, 2014
School of Engineering - Faculty of Science
MTS Level 7 - Mechanical Engineering Design Technician (amended June 4)
Full Time Permanent
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week 

$52,011 to $57,179 per annum as per CUPE 1870

Start Date:  August 1, 2014

The School of Engineering invites applications for a permanent fulltime design technician to manage and support all aspects of the PEI FabLab component of its industry based engineering program.  The FabLabTM (currently under development) is intended to be a fully functional rapid prototyping facility utilizing the latest 3D printing, CAD/CAM and CNC technology.   Working closely with faculty, students and industry clients, the successful applicant will be a critical resource in the design, development, fabrication and testing of innovative electro mechanical prototypes for community and industry based partners.
The UPEI School of Engineering is undergoing a significant expansion as it transitions from a diploma granting (first two years) to a degree granting program(years 3 &4).  Construction of a new state of the art “education/fabrication” facility is in the planning stages with a scheduled opening in the fall of 2016.  The engineering curriculum is a project based learning model in partnership with industry.  Industrial and community partners bring ideas and/or projects to the University which are evaluated and assigned to a compatible project group comprised of faculty, tech support, students and industry sponsors.  Projects are taken through a structured design process with the goal of deploying and testing fully functional industrial prototypes.
The successful candidate MUST have a broad base of engineering knowledge, industry experience and should be comfortable working closely with young engineering students in an inquiry based learning environment.


• Manage all aspects of the FabLab as a dedicated support unit.
• Report directly to the Head of the School of Engineering while working independently and with little supervision.
• Create modify and refine 3D CAD models, parts and assemblies.
• Create instructions for computer numerically controlled (CNC) interface.
• Monitor quality control of automated manufacturing processes.
• Maintain all computer hardware, software and manufacturing equipment including but not limited to a variety 3D rapid prototyping , CNC milling and laser cutting devices.
• Meet with potential clients and explain the range of services that the Fab Lab and by association, that the School of Engineering can provide.
• Assist students in ensuring designs are reasonable and can be manufactured efficiently.
• Estimate and schedule projects to ensure effective utilization of Fab Lab assets and to ensure timely delivery of services and prototypes that are connected to a FIXED end of year Exposition experience (All projects MUST be completed in one form or another).
• Research, procure and maintain equipment to ensure redundancy in functionality.
• Order and track all materials and deliverables in a searchable project work order system.


• Certificate or Diploma in mechanical and/or manufacturing engineering technology from an accredited program or equivalency.
• Minimum of five (5) years experience in an industry and/or academic computer assisted manufacturing environment.
• Membership or eligibility for membership in a related professional and/or industry based association.
• Comprehensive working knowledge in at least one of the following Computer Aided Design software: Solid Works, Solid Edge, Auto Cad Inventor or CATIA, and a willingness to learn, train and support users in other CAD/CAM environments.
• An understanding of basic simple PLC controllers and associated software would be considered an asset.
• A BSc. Eng. or BEng. in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or a related discipline would be considered an asset.
• Excellent oral and written communication and an ability to work in groups.

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 below. You can also apply in person 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.

Successful Candidate(s): 

J. Bowser

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.
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