• Manager, Skilled Trades, Laboratories, and Shops

  • Job Description

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    Faculty/Department: Applied Science & Technology
    Employee Group: Administrative 
    Campus: Davis (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan Campus)
    Payband: NM
    Reference Number: 18/A/20
    Hiring Range: $94,721 - $100,641.18

    Salary Range: $ 94,721 - $118,401.39
    Application Deadline: Open until filled

    Reporting to the Associate Dean – School of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship, the Manager directly oversees and is responsible for all aspects of the Skilled Trades laboratories and shops, and their operations. This includes strategically moving labs forward in alignment with program and curricular advances, directing continuous quality and cost improvements, and leading the daily operational planning of technical activities, educational programs, infrastructure and lab resources (facilities, equipment and employees). The incumbent ensures laboratory and shop facilities are appropriately staffed and that operations are in compliance with regulatory requirements (e.g. Health and Safety) as well as Sheridan policies and practices. The Manager leads a team of full and part time technologists, and serves as an advisor/knowledgeable resource to faculty, staff and students. In addition, the Manager also supports scholarship, research, industry partnerships and creative activities undertaken by the School.


    Specific Responsibilities:

    • Assists the Associate Dean in formulating and implementing short and long range goals for the operation of labs and shops. This includes: Setting priorities, and assigning responsibilities; Establishing timetables, while also projecting future needs and formulating consistent strategies;
    • Researching and evaluating emerging technologies in the fields of the School’s programs to remain current;
    • Providing expert recommendations to School management;
    • Implements new technologies / methodologies to improve processes and productivity;
    • Builds schedules and coordinates function and operation of activities across all labs and shops including shared use with other institutional departments/Faculties (e.g. Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Technology); 
    • Develops course schedules, staff schedules and performance requirements;
    • Provides oversight of technologist scheduling and duties; Plans and schedules work for the team to ensure proper distribution of assignments as well as adequate technologist coverage for space and facilities;
    • Leads and manages the team in maintaining compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and standards (e.g. health and safety, quality, environmental and housekeeping);
    • Works with technologists to develop a set of safe practices; Reviews associated documentation and assists with job hazard analysis; Ensures that technologists and other staff are properly trained in SOPs and equipment specific requirements;
    • Makes risk assessments for the labs and shops to ensure Health & Safety policies are adhered to;
    • Participates or designates and consults with designate on Health and Safety Committee;
    • Optimizes staff and department performance; builds professional capacity through effective recruiting; leads the development mentoring and coaching of staff; engages in goal setting and ongoing performance management and evaluation;
    • Performs other duties and participates on other projects and activities as required.



    • The successful candidate must possess a 4 Year Bachelors degree in in Mechanical, Industrial or Electrical Engineering or a closely related field such as Applied Science, along with 7 years of experience managing a lab (electrical and mechanical fields) (or a relevant combination of education and related work experience).
    • Certificate of Qualification in related field/ Skilled Trades Licence as a Machinist is preferred.
    • Must have completed Health and safety training and current WHIMIS is preferred.
    • The incumbent must have Experience maintaining machines, tooling and equipment; Capable of troubleshooting equipment, along with Solid experience and knowledge of machines, tooling and equipment. Experience with implementation and enforcement of lab safety protocols and demonstrated ability to develop and work with industrial partners is essential.
    • The incumbent must have the ability to lead and delegate effectively, strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills; Pragmatic and also able to make rational decisions under pressure.
    • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills (e.g. clearly and concisely communicate instructions and mediate with techs, faculty, students, admin etc.) and the ability to negotiate and secure understanding from diverse clients, vendors or other stakeholders with conflicting needs. 
    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to effectively multi-task / prioritize is required. The incumbent will have strong relationship building skills with all levels and demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative and meticulous attention to detail.  Previous lab teaching, industrial partnership, and project management experience would be considered an asset.


    Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.  At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.


    Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.


    Please apply online: https://careers-sheridancollege.icims.com


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