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NIAR Robotics and Automation Lab Student Technician

Job Summary:
As a student of the Robotics and Automation Lab, you will be exposed to every aspect of automation systems from design and product selection all the way through construction, programming, wiring, and software development. You will work with customers from Aerospace, Heavy Equipment, Consumer Goods, and many others. You will work with over $6 Million worth of equipment and tools to help design and build advanced automation systems for both internal and external customers.

Although the job focus is around robotics, everyone is expected to do what is necessary to further the Lab and University Mission. This may include tasks such as cleaning, setting up for demonstrations, etc.

This position requires access to EAR or ITAR controlled technologies. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a “U.S. Citizen”. Information will need to be collected in this regard, but will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws. The University does not discriminate in its hiring practices and shall ensure compliance with all federal and state laws in the collection and reviews of such information collected. 

Minimum Requirements:
  •  High School Diploma or equivalent
  •  Currently enrolled at Wichita State University or WSU Tech.
  • For WSU students, a minimum enrollment of 6 Credit Hours is required.
  •  Must have knowledge of basic physical principles, including basic physics, mathematics, and physical science.
  •  Must have basic MS Office Skills and computer skills.
  •  Ability to perform basic research into robotics, programming, and other related topics.
  •  Must be able to work 20 hours a week minimum, between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday.
  • Must work in minimum time blocks of 3 hours.
  •  Must be able to work with a diverse population in teams as well as individually.
  •  Must be able to handle one or more projects as required.

Preferred Experience (Specific jobs may have different preferences):
  • Ability to operate hand tools and power tools
  • Basic understanding of computer programming / logic
  • Basic knowledge of engineering, computer science, physics, or other technical principles
  • Background in robotics of any kind
  • Basic CAD knowledge, preferably with the Dassault Systems products (CATIA)

Physical Requirements:
This is a job that is both in an office and lab environment. This job will involve physical activities from office and computer work (sitting, typing, and reading) to lab and installation work (pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, utilizing hand tools, etc).

Other Requirements:
There are no degree requirements for a general student technician at the Robotics Lab. Specific job functions may lend themselves to one degree or another, however, any student with the skills to perform the job function is considered.