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Senior Maintenance Mechanic

Purdue University

Job Description

Job Summary

The Senior Maintenance Mechanic will serve as the Machine Shop Supervisor to the School of Chemical Engineering. Design and fabricate parts and equipment for educational and research needs in the School. Assist the Building Deputy in the daily operations of the school and the maintenance of the facilities. Provide backup support to the Shipping/Receiving Coordinator.

Who We Are

The Davidson School of Chemical Engineering is home to top-ranked undergraduate and graduate chemical engineering graduate programs, six members of the National Academy of Engineering, two members of the National Academy of Inventors, and two awardees of the National Medal of Technology. The faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and students discover and disseminate knowledge in cross-cutting areas that significantly move both fundamental principles and translational practices forward. As such, the School plays key roles in many large centers such as the NSF-sponsored CISTAR ERC and the LyoHub while having strong connections to entities such as the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery and Purdue University Center for Cancer Research . Our School strives to foster diversity, promote sustainability, and encourage people to ask the tough questions.


The Davidson School of Chemical Engineering is an integral part of Purdue’s College of Engineering. Purdue Engineering is one of the largest and top-ranked engineering colleges in the nation (2nd public college for engineering, 3rd for online graduate engineering programs, 4th for graduate programs, 6th in the world for utility patents, and 10th for undergraduate programs) and renowned for top-notch faculty, students, unique research facilities, and a culture of collegiality and excellence. The College goal of Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale is guiding strategic growth in new directions, by investing in people, exciting initiatives , and facilities.


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What We Are Looking For



  • High school diploma/GED
  • Four (4) years of related mechanical, maintenance, or relevant vocational experience       




  • Thorough knowledge of processes, machines, machining techniques and materials for fabricating complex precision equipment
  • Analytical ability to interpret technical drawings/blueprints and comprehend verbal instructions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability and skill to work with and instruct people of various cultural backgrounds
  • Good (verbal and written) communication, time management, and organizational skills with a positive creative attitude
  • Must be able to manage the demands of multiple simultaneous tasks on a daily basis
  • Must be a highly motivated individual who will take initiative to solve problems, assume responsibility, and meet deadlines
  • Capable of using appropriate tools to maintain necessary laboratory records, project status, user training status, and inventory
  • Computer proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook



  • Knowledge of general fire safety, MSDS, hazardous waste, and proper handling of solid and liquid propellants

Additional Information
  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing
  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

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