Civil Engineering Laboratory Technician

American International University – Kuwait City

for the 2022-2023 Academic year

American International University (AIU) seeks an enthusiastic, energetic Civil Engineering lab technician. The successful candidate will oversee the operation of the civil engineering laboratory. He/she will apply knowledge of engineering laboratory procedures and techniques in performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of laboratories including:

the setup and takedown of experiments;

overseeing maintenance of equipment and facilities;

monitoring and maintaining consumable stock levels;

storage functions;

supporting lab classes, and implementing health and safety processes and procedures.

The civil engineering laboratory technician should have experience in operating and maintaining heavy machineries such as MTS (Material Testing Systems) and UTM (Universal Testing Machines). The individual must be able to prepare concrete specimens (cubes, cylinders, beams) and carry out the different tests on fresh and hardened concrete and other infrastructure materials such as cement and steel reinforcing bars. sieve analysis. The Laboratory Technician must also be familiar with concrete coring procedures and non-destructive tests such as Schmidt hammer and ultrasonic methods. In addition, familiarity with testing standards such as BS and ASTM is desired.

Primary Function:

To fill this position, we seek a highly motivated and well-trained civil engineering lab technician to ensure effective and safe operation of lab facilities. The successful candidate will conduct lab preparation and maintenance, ensure lab safety and compliance, and support lab classes where necessary. The successful candidate will also display a dedication to inclusive excellence and a culture of diversity in science and higher education.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up laboratory equipment to ensure successful delivery of teaching sessions, in support of the class instructor.
  • Prepare materials and instrumentations, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
  • Liaise with relevant faculty and instructors regarding laboratory sessions.
  • Ensure the accurate inventory of lab equipment and materials and maintain required consumable levels in-line with teaching requirements.
  • Ensure safety and maintenance of equipment, materials, and laboratory at all times.
  • Perform other technical duties related to laboratory activities as required.
  • Provide technical assistance to faculty and students.
  • Support lab sessions in civil engineering-related disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2-year Associate’s degree or 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field.
  • Excellent oral and written English essential; spoken Arabic skills highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ work experience as a laboratory Technician in a civil engineering lab, ideally in a higher education environment.
  • Knowledge and skills in laboratory practices relevant to the field.
  • A positive “can do” attitude and willingness to promote life-long learning across AIU.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, good interpersonal skills and an ability to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Sound understanding of technologies that support educational development and current knowledge of technology advances in relation to laboratory practice.

About American International University:

AIU is a new institution of higher education in Kuwait with the first student cohort admitted in fall 2019. It is a private, co-educational institution offering undergraduate degrees based on the American model of higher education. Through its educational programs, the College serves the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of all members of its community. AIU’s offers degree programs in Engineering, Architecture and Design, and Business Administration where the language of instruction is English. For more information about AIU visit: www.aiu.edu.kw

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