Welding Laboratory Engineer

TITLE:Welding Laboratory Engineer
Materials Joining Engineering
DATE POSTED: Friday, August 18, 2017
LOCATION: Longview
REPORTS TO: Program Coordinator, Materials Joining Engineering


Office hours are primarily weekdays, but responsibilities require additional hours and flexibility that can include evenings and weekends.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of one so classified.

Key responsibilities
1.    Maintain and improve laboratory facilities
  • Maintain a professional laboratory environment and keep all facilities clean and “tour ready,” including facilitating weekly lab cleaning, equipment inventory checks, supply checks, and audit of safety systems
  • Maintain all equipment in a state of safe, ready-to-use operation
  • Execute laboratory improvement projects, including equipment installation, laboratory renovations, and equipment repairs.
  • Responsible for calibration, safe operation, and routine maintenance of simple and complex material characterization and welding process instruments, machinery and systems. Responsible for troubleshooting faulty equipment, completing repairs, or initiating repair processes as appropriate.
  • Maintain accurate records of all spending
2.    Prepare equipment and materials for laboratory classes
  • Maintain appointed laboratory hours for supervised student work
  • Order, procure, and prepare all materials and supplies required for teaching and research, including preparing materials and equipment for all laboratory-based classes
  • Maintain and update working knowledge of all teaching and research equipment, including welding process equipment, specialized research equipment, sample preparation equipment, and microscopy tools
  • Develop training modules for all welding and characterization equipment; facilitate training and sign-off of students and researchers for use of equipment
3.    Implement safety program
  • Implement and enforce laboratory safety program, including facilitating weekly safety meetings, performing housekeeping inspections, and implementing laboratory continuous improvement program
  • Properly dispose of waste per environmental health and safety (EH&S) policies
  • Maintain proper inventory of materials, including required safety datasheets
4.    Support research activities
  • Independently develop and implement experimental plans, execute laboratory experiments, and collect data
  • Build new experimental set-ups and operate laboratory experiments
  • Record and report results and observations, maintaining accurate and comprehensive records of all experiments through laboratory notebook entries
  • Communicates results through verbal and written reports to R&D team members.



Required Qualifications:

  • Passionate about welding and materials engineering, including welding process development and investigation of materials weldability
  • Willing and able to work in environments wearing safety equipment, such as earplugs, safety glasses, welding helmet, flame resistant clothing, and steel-toed shoes. 
  • Willing and able to work in environments with frequent bending, reaching, and lifting, including lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Fork lift certified or willingness to be trained and certified
  • Understanding of laboratory operation and basic Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) requirements. Strong understanding and commitment to their own and the safety of others.
  • Proficiency with standard workstation software, including Word and Excel
  • Willingness to learn specialized computer-based systems and specialized/complex programming language knowledge/skills necessary for operation of specialized equipment such as robotics, monitors, controllers, and analytical equipment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • A current valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A self-starter who can identify, prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks
  • Strong multi-tasking, problem solving and time management skills.
  • Detail and result orientated team player
  • Willingness to learn new technology areas and continuously improve technical competency
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, with ability to inspire others and lead through influence.
  • Ability to organize, document and implement consistent test methods.
  • Experience with welding research and experiment design
Required Education:
  • B.S. in Engineering or Engineering Technology from an accredited college or university. Degree concentrations in Welding, Materials Science, Metallurgy, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering are preferred.
LeTourneau University seeks a person with an enthusiastic and contagious Christian faith who is committed to Christian higher education that integrates Christian faith with learning.



Applications will be reviewed in the order received and will continue until the position is filled.  In accordance with applicable provisions of federal law, applicants for employment who are in agreement with the educational mission of LeTourneau University and applicants for admission to educational programs or activities are considered without discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, handicapping condition, national origin or genetic information. Inquiries about this policy should be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (903) 233-4170.

Applications are required and are available from www.letu.edu/jobs or from the Business Office, LeTourneau University, 2100 Mobberly Avenue, Longview, TX.  Send completed application, and a current resume to:  
LeTourneau University
ATTN:  Human Resources
P.O. Box 7001
Longview, Texas 75607-7001
FAX (903) 233-4103
E-mail address:  HumanResources@letu.edu


LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community.

LETU is a Christ-centered, interdenominational institute of higher learning offering more than 85 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, aviation, business & technology, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, nursing, psychology & counseling and theology & vocation. LETU's 2,700 students represent nearly all 50 states, more than 30 foreign countries, and around 50 different denominational groups. In addition to residential programs at the main campus in Longview, Texas, students are enrolled in a robust suite of online programs, as well as innovative hybrid programs in the Dallas and Houston areas.

LETU is consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of "America's Best Colleges," and the engineering program is ranked nationally. LeTourneau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, at http://www.sacscoc.org) to award associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees. LeTourneau University's engineering and engineering technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: 410-347-7700. The Carnegie Foundation classifies LeTourneau University as a Master's (Comprehensive) University II.

The 162 acre main campus is located in Longview, Texas, a progressive hub city with an MSA of over 190,000, nestled among the beautiful pine-forested hills and lakes of East Texas. It is approximately 120 miles east of Dallas, Texas and 60 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana.

See http://www.letu.edu for more information.