Mechanical Engineer for Active Learning at Harvard University in Allston, Massachusetts

Posted in Engineering 11 days ago.

Job Description:

Harvard University

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Mechanical Engineer for Active Learning
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Job-Specific Responsibilities


  • Support active learning components of SEAS mechanical engineering courses.
  • Assist faculty and teaching staff in the design, development, and implementation of new lab activities.
  • Lead lab safety trainings and orientations for students, course teaching fellows and assistants, and other users of the Active Learning Labs spaces.
  • Help instruct and assist students with the use of lab/shop equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, shop tools, CNC mills, and lathes.
  • Maintain and improve the Active Learning Labs mechanical engineering facilities. This includes shop


  • Troubleshoot and support student work during lab experiments and activities.
  • Create and organize course documentation and use the team's best practices for maintaining and archiving team institutional knowledge.
  • Support and teach summer outreach programs with a mix of Harvard and non-Harvard students.

Basic Qualifications

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related field required.
  • At least one year of experience is required. Internships will be considered.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Technical and Lab Skills:

  • Knowledge and competence in computer-aided design/manufacturing methods/material selection
  • Strong hands-on experience in operating, troubleshooting, and maintaining computer numeric control (CNC) machining and rapid prototyping tools such as 3D printers, 3-axis mills, and laser cutters.
  • Basic working knowledge of electrical engineering concepts and hands-on experience with electromechanical devices including motors, microcontrollers, sensors, and basic circuits is preferred.
  • Demonstrated competence in generating straightforward technical documentation such as lab procedures, protocols, and reports
  • Prior experience working in an active learning environment is preferred (hands-on skills teaching, tutoring, and/or mentoring).
  • Experience with data acquisition and analysis is beneficial.

Overall Skills and Attributes:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Strong organizational skills, creativity in problem solving, and high self-motivation are key to performing effectively in this position.
  • Performing effectively as part of a team and in a highly self-directed environment is essential.
  • Ability and willingness to tackle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, teaching fellows and staff, as well as faculty, is essential.