Shop Lead / Lab Manager

Job Type: Full-Time

As a Shop Lead / Lab Manager at Wavemaker Labs, your core competencies in hands-on fabrication and assembly of mechanical systems will allow you to shine. You will join a talented team in the development of robotics and automation systems as part of the Wavemaker Labs start-up incubator.


  • Commit to desired outcomes ...define desired outcomes and achieve them vigorously
  • Challenge assumptions ensure great outcomes
  • Prudent optimism, with a dose of caution to challenge our assumptions
  • No egos, no jerks joke


  • Excellence/Quality: Is attentive to detail and accuracy, is committed to excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds the root cause of problems, owns/acts on resolving problems
  • Teamwork: Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team meet goals, welcomes new team members and promotes a team atmosphere
  • Learning/Self-Development: Seeks out and accepts feedback, is a proactive learner, takes on tough assignments to improve skills, keeps knowledge and skills up-to-date, turns mistakes into learning opportunities


  • Strong competency and understanding of shop safety in a normal workshop
  • Capable with basic hand tools (wrenches, drivers, measuring tools) and power tools (hand drills, drill press, chop saw, band saw, sanders/grinders)
  • Understanding of various metallic and non-metallic materials, and their attributes
  • Understanding of various manufacturing/prototyping processes and their attributes
  • Experience reading and following engineering drawings
  • Precision assembly experience and rapid prototyping
  • Basic understanding of electro-mechanical assemblies and components (soldering preferred)
  • Ability to work with ambiguity and sometimes partially defined requirements
  • Familiarity with Google Suite and basic computer programs
  • Experience leading and prioritizing the activities of a 5+ member shop team
  • Experience setting up and maintaining a rapid prototyping and testing lab

Preferred Additional Qualifications:

  • Relevant degree or certifications
  • Experience with CAD/CAM, familiarity with GD&T
  • Experience with 3D printing processes
  • Experience with welding and/or metal working
  • Experience with robotic assemblies or similar
  • Experience in food-safe applications
  • Experience working with high voltage systems
  • Familiarity with CNC processes and operation
  • Demonstrated success building a high functioning prototyping lab from scratch

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Additional Information

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.