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Montana Tech Research Facilities Manager in Butte, Montana


Department:               Research Office

Employment Detail:   Permanent, Full-Time

Montana Technological University provides a comprehensive benefits package for all eligible positions that includes health, dental and vision insurance, mandatory retirement plan with employer contribution, partial tuition waiver, and a wellness program.

Applications received by May 19, 2022 will be guaranteed full review and consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Montana Technological University seeks a Research Facilities Coordinator to manage equipment installation and maintenance in multiple research laboratories at our Butte main campus.   The ideal candidate holds a a degree or certificate in engineering or technology or a combination of experience and education or equivalent (B.S. in an engineering discipline preferred) and at least three years of relevant work experience. Key qualifications include strong analytical and problem-solving skills, effective communication for collaboration with diverse stakeholders, and the ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks. This role involves overseeing facility maintenance, ensuring machinery and instrumentation operation, completing minor mechanical tasks, coordinating larger tasks with Montana Tech Facilities and/or external contractors, and fostering a safe working environment through strict adherence to safety protocols.


  • Provide prompt support for equipment placement, installation, commissioning, operation, decommissioning, and disposal.

  • Assess and address electrical and utility installation needs in laboratories and pilot plant areas; coordinate with Montana Tech Facilities Department or external contractors as required to ensure prompt response to work orders.

  • Develop and manage a preventive maintenance program for each research laboratory.

  • Oversee safety and security in designated research and teaching laboratories.

  • Maintain an inventory of research spaces.

    Required Qualifications:

  • A degree or certificate in engineering or technology or a combination of experience and education or equivalent

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in supervising the installation and maintenance of process equipment and instrumentation, with expertise in electrical, plumbing, and control systems.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of, experience with, and willingness to enforce general laboratory and chemical safety & hygiene protocols.

  • Proven ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and collaborate with research faculty, students, physical plant personnel, and external contractors.

  • Proficiency in completing equipment installation and maintenance tasks, including assessing and resolving electrical and piping issues for laboratory machinery, process equipment, and instrumentation.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to organize and catalog data for equipment and laboratory inventory.

  • Proficiency in the use of hand tools, power tools, and equipment for installing and repairing equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline (e.g., electrical, mechanical, chemical, or materials engineering).

  • Experience with chemical inventory management, including the use of software or apps.

  • Experience in the design, installation, and maintenance of process instrumentation and control sensors, controllers, and final control elements, with the ability to read and interpret blueprints, specifications, control diagrams, and maintenance manuals.

    Physical Demands (optional):

  • Ability to regularly lift and carry up to 50 lbs. and occasionally lift up to 75 lbs

  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods

  • Capability to bend, stoop, and kneel as needed for equipment inspection, repair, and maintenance

  • Ability to reach overhead and across surfaces

  • Ability to climb ladders, stairs, and access elevated platforms to inspect and troubleshoot equipment

  • Ability to use required personnel protective equipment for extended time periods, required PPE may include safety glasses, respirators, hearing protection, steel-toed work boots, and other as required for specific tasks

    For full consideration application materials must be complete.  

    Please include: 

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications,

  • Resume

  • Contact information for 3 professional references. 

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. 

    For full consideration application materials must be complete.

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.

    Montana Tech is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana Tech makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, Montana Tech provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans.

    To claim veteran’s preference please complete the employment (veteran’s) preference form located on the employment page and email to You must include the job title of the position in which you are applying.

    Employment (veteran's) preference form

    To request an accommodation for the application or interview, please contact Cathy Isakson 406-496-4380;

    Why Work at Tech?

    Help meet the changing needs of society by providing a transformative student experience by helping develop leaders for tomorrow by advancing science, engineering and technology.

    In addition, Montana Tech offers an attractive benefits package* which includes:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance with low deductibles and comprehensive coverage.

  • Generous employer contribution toward monthly health care benefits worth $6.08 per hour.

  • 5.9% retirement employer contribution for eligible employees

  • 11 Holidays per year

  • 3 weeks of Annual Leave to start

  • Generous sick leave policy that can be used for sick children, doctor and dentist appointments as well as bereavement.

  • 6 credits of coursework free per year (fees not included)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

  • Reduced tuition for dependents after 4 months of employment for eligible employees

  • Employee Assistance and a Wellness Program

  • Optional Retirement Plan for eligible employees

  • Possible remote work days with supervisor approval and eligible positions.

    • Benefits are dependent on position type and terms and conditions of eligibility.

    Montana Technological University, Butte Montana, is nestled in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains along the Continental Divide, where I-15 and I-90 intersect. We are home to the largest National Historic District in the country. Montana Tech is a special focus institution with a reputation for excellence and value. Montana Tech is ranked #1 in the nation by CollegeNET.

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