Utah State University

Lab Manager

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/25/2023 6:24 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Aviation Technology
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Aviation Technology Maintenance Management program supporting the Aviation Technology programs at Utah State University is seeking applicants for a Lab Manager position in the Aviation Technology Maintenance Management program, with a professional aviation maintenance background. The successful candidate will oversee the daily operations and management of the Aviation Maintenance laboratory spaces on the USU Logan Campus and at the Logan Airport. Incumbents ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the laboratory and the safe use and maintenance of equipment and facilities. This person must also be able to maintain, and sometimes build, lab training devices and equipment. Good communication skills both verbal and written are essential.


Exempt positions are eligible for excellent benefits including: 13 paid holidays, earn 22 days of paid vacation leave and 12 days of sick leave per year, 50% tuition reduction for employees and dependents, competitive health benefits packages and a generous contribution into your retirement. View more information here: Summary of Benefits 2023-2024


Specific duties may include, and not limited to the following:

  • Oversees and manages the day-to-day technical, educational, and research support activities conducted in the laboratory; resolves problems and issues as they arise.
  • Heavy lifting such as engine cylinder, aircraft aluminum, tools, and other items. 
  • Researches and recommends purchases; locates parts, supplies, and research materials for the maintenance of the facility and for students and faculty using the facility.
  • Develops and conducts orientations for students and faculty on the proper use of equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Responsible for the training and enforcement of safety and security standards.
  • May conduct training workshops on new technology specific to the lab.
  • Performs routine and preventive maintenance and repair on laboratory equipment; ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment, materials, and supplies; performs periodic safety checks.
  • Investigates emerging technologies and makes recommendations in support of teaching and learning initiatives; keeps abreast of technical developments in the field as they relate to the curriculum, technical processes, and materials and equipment including computer hardware and software.
  • Supervises student and/or part-time employees, which includes work allocation, training, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions.
  • Establishes and maintains policies regarding safe use of the facilities and equipment.
  • Writes, develops, and publishes for websites and other social media and/or publications as requested.
  • Maintains accurate records and databases.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Six years of related experience or a bachelor’s degree plus two years of experience is required
  • Current FAA Airframe and Powerplant license
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to teach any of the required FAA Part 147-subjects
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with faculty and students with diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree or higher in a related field.
  • Previous teaching experience.
  • Three to five years aviation industry maintenance experience.
  • FAA Inspection Authorization.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies and procedures within specialty area.
  • Ability to analyze supplies costs and develop cost-effective procedures.
  • Skilled in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Ability to calibrate, maintain, modify and/or repair laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to develop appropriate safety policies for the facility/equipment users.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, and to define and solve problems.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures specified by equipment/supply manufacturers.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Copy of FAA Maintenance Certificates to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  3. Copy of Academic Transcript Record to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  4. Three professional references with contact information
  5. Cover Letter - describing your qualifications for this position to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


This position requires moderate physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including moderate lifting (up to 50 pounds), walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting and/or pushing and pulling of heavy objects. Employees may be exposed to unusual elements including extreme temperatures, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. Employees must adhere to safety precautions and may be required to use protective equipment.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov


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