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NIAR Dimensional Metrology Student Assistant

NIAR’s Advanced Machining and Prototyping (AMP) Lab at the NIAR facility in Park City, KS (10 miles from WSU’s main campus) is looking for WSU and WSU Tech students to assist with metrology functions in our Dimensional Metrology lab. 

Dimensional Metrology is the application of metrology (measurement) for quantifying the physical size, shape, and relationship between giving features of objects large and small.  This is where the perfect “Design World” meets the imperfect “Real World”.  We are looking for individuals who want to continuously learn more about dimensional metrology and contribute to the success of our organization as we push the boundaries of what is possible. Here you will learn how to make sense of the “Real World” through metrology. 

In this role, you will read blueprints, learn CATIA, become familiar with GD&T and inspect part with really cool metrology equipment.  All educational backgrounds matching the criteria below are welcome to apply.  Join our growing dimensional metrology organization, which utilizes multiple hardware and software platforms to offer world class metrology solutions to our customer. 

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. 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Operating Dimensional Metrology equipment
  • Learning to used advanced Dimensional Metrology software
  • Researching Dimensional Metrology equipment and processes
  • Sharing what you learn with others


  • Undergraduate student at WSU (enrolled in at least six credit hours) or WSU Tech students pursuing a relevant technical certification(s)
  • Must be able to work at least 12 hours per week while classes are in session; between 6:00am-7:00pm, Monday through Friday
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and reliable
  • Proficient troubleshooter and adaptable problem solver
  • Have a great attitude

Preferred Experience/Skills:

We are willing to teach you everything you need to know, but the following is useful for working with us.

  • Programing in programing languages like C++, C# and Python
  • A good mechanical aptitude
  • Experience with robots or CNC machines
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Teams, Excel, Word)
  • Ability to compile data gathered during research into a well-constructed research paper

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 to lab work (pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, utilizing hand tools, etc.)