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Carthage College seeks an Engineering Lab Manager to contribute to the development of our new Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Engineering programs. We seek highly organized applicants familiar with general industrial and machine shop practices, procedures, and safety with an ability to specify, order, install, and manage a diverse range of high- and low-tech equipment, tools, and supplies. A master’s level of education, or equivalent industry experience, in engineering, technology, science, manufacturing, or a related field is desired.

Engineering at Carthage is a design and practice-based program with an emphasis in community-focused engineering. Students learn engineering through real projects partnered with real stakeholders to address real needs for our community. The first cohort of Engineering students begin Fall 2023. This academic program is rooted in the liberal arts, designed to emphasize student self-discovery and exploration and provide opportunities to grow in all facets of life. Engineering at Carthage is hands-on and experiential; students learn to become engineers by practicing engineering under the guidance of faculty mentors.

As an active and integral member of the Engineering teaching team, the successful applicant will be involved in shaping the new engineering programs Carthage by providing general and specific support and oversight associated with developing, outfitting, and maintaining brand new laboratories, studios, and shop facilities for Engineering. The applicant must demonstrate that they are prepared to provide instruction and support through direct and indirect involvement in laboratory, studio, and shop-based teaching. This may include the development of safety policies/procedures and training materials/procedures/guides, as well as support of laboratory/course/campus needs associated with Engineering and Natural Sciences.

A successful applicant will have familiarity with general industrial and machine shop practices and procedures, as well as an ability to work with Engineering and Natural Sciences faculty, laboratory support personnel, and students to ensure safe and effective operation of engineering laboratories, studios, and shop facilities. Knowledge of computer-aided design packages (e.g., SolidWorks Inventor) and digital manufacturing (e.g., 3d printing, laser cutting, CNC milling), and welding is preferred. Candidate will be expected to instruct students to operate machine tools including (but not limited to) lathe, manual knee mill, band saw, and drill press, as well as assist students in the construction of physical prototypes using digital manufacturing tools, machine tools, and metal fabrication equipment.

Carthage College has a strong physics program that is nationally recognized for its career placements, an active space technology development and demonstration program, and significant extramural departmental funding that supports undergraduate scholarships and research projects.

Starting Fall 2023, the Engineering program will transition to newly renovated facilities situated on the first floor of Carthage’s Lentz Hall. These state-of-the-art facilities will include design studios, teaching and research labs, as well as a makerspace accessible to the entire Carthage community. The strategic placement of this space is right next to the David A. Strasz Jr. Center, which serves as the home for NASA’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrated record of managing engineering laboratories including safety policies, purchasing, and equipment oversight.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to safely and effectively operate equipment for machining, fabrication, and digital manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated record of, or potential for, engagement of undergraduate students in engineering laboratories, makerspaces, and fabrication environments.
  • Demonstrated record of, or potential for, successful undergraduate education in making and fabrication.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom, laboratory, and shop.

How to Apply:

Applications must include a single PDF file including a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Additional questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Robert L. Nagel, Director of Engineering (

For best consideration, applications should be received by September 15, 2023.



Located on the shore of Lake Michigan in the thriving Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, Carthage College blends the best liberal arts traditions with desirable degree programs, transformative learning opportunities, and personal attention from dedicated faculty and staff. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum with stunning lake views, is home to 2,600 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. Founded in 1847, Carthage is consistently named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review and a Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report. All Carthage employees play a vital part in the success of our students, as we work together to create an environment where all can achieve their true potential. Grow with Carthage.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.