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Engineering Project Shop Instructor

Engineering Project Shop Instructor

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
2227 - Eng Machine Shop-General
Job Status 
Regular Full-Time
Hiring Range 
$56,914 - $71,143

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The Engineering Project Shop Instructor teaches the knowledge, demonstrates the skills, as well as approves and enables the activities required for undergraduate and graduate Engineering students and other approved individuals to safely use the equipment and resources of the Engineering Student Shops.

The primary location of the job will be the Engineering Project Shop located in Engineering 7. Depending on demand, the job may also be located in the Wood Shop located in Engineering 5, and the Student Machine Shop located in E5.


This role is 37.5 hours per week and it has a unique shift to serve the undergraduate Engineering student population as best as possible. Hours are, Tuesday – Friday 1:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm.


Teach manufacturing techniques and demonstrate manufacturing skills

  • Teach inexperienced students, both individually and in a small group setting, fundamental machining knowledge and fabrication techniques
  • Demonstrate the correct use of machine shop equipment and tools
  • Give opportunities for practice and demonstrate techniques that enhance and develop students’ machining and fabrication skills
  • Provide individual instruction to experienced machine shop students on the correct setup and use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment and programming Computer Aided Machining (CAM) software
  • Establish a mentoring relationship with students who use the shop frequently


Approve student activities, monitor progress and provide feedback

  • Respond to questions regarding proper and safe use of machine shop equipment
  • Review student designs and drawings and provide feedback that includes safety considerations, manufacturability, skill level, and tooling and equipment requirements prior to giving permission for machining
  • Approve equipment set up and monitor progress of machining, especially for new users
  • Direct and control student activities, particularly when a machining or fabrication process must be modified or stopped immediately due to safety concerns

Supervise all shop users

  • Ensure that all shop users comply with all safety requirements, including maximum occupancy, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), securing loose clothing or long hair, etc.
  • Enforce all safety regulations in regards to safe operation of all equipment as specified in the Safety Manual and the Standard Operation Procedures
  • Assist the manager with the day to day supervision of undergraduate co-op students
  • Provide assistance for instructors and staff as they host learning activities within the facilities of the Engineering Design Clinic

Maintain machine shop equipment and inventory

  • Ensure that all shop equipment is in safe working order, i.e. performing routine pre-use inspections, verifying safety features are in place and adjusted properly, and notifying the Manager of any deficiencies
  • Perform regular scheduled maintenance and repairs of equipment as required
  • Assist the Manager with monthly safety inspections
  • Maintain inventory of tooling and shop supplies that are available to students
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High School Diploma and a Certificate of Qualification (Ontario preferred) in one of the following trades: General Machinist, Tool & Die Maker, Mould Maker
  • 7+ years of demonstrated experience in a broad spectrum of metalworking machinery and a suite of skills applicable to the machining / fabricating trades
  • Demonstrated experience programming and operating CNC machine tools in combination with expertise using the machine relevant and current versions of MasterCam
  • Extensive teaching and mentoring experience of students and/or apprentices in a shop setting required
  • Highly skilled in all machining and fabrication methods and techniques
  • Experience in the tracking and maintaining of supply inventory
  • Experience with maintaining and repairing tools and machinery
  • Experience with wood working and CNC routers is an asset
  • Basic MS Office skills
  • Experience with MasterCam, Solidworks and CNC controllers
  • Excellent communication skills to train and demonstrate machining skills to both individual or small groups
  • Comfortable with providing constructive feedback to students
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail in a fast paced, multitasking environment
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities
  • Confident problem solving abilities