Mobile Fab Lab Manager in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 10/31/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Community Based Initiatives (CBI) is a division of BakerRipley that builds on the unique economic and social assets of individuals and their neighborhoods, moving them to self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. Largely supported by private philanthropic investment, our community-based programs engage and connect individuals to the resources that meet their emerging needs and aspirations. We provide a continuum of services including free tax preparation, family health and education, immigration and citizenship services, financial assistance and programs for youth and seniors.


The Mobile Fab Lab Manager will be responsible for the overall operation of the Truck/Trailer Mobile Fab Lab and the development of programs and services which meet the needs of students, teachers, and the community. The Manager will serve as a champion for the Mobile Fab Lab, promote the opportunities available through various venues in the area, and lead a new outreach program with school districts in Jasper County. The Manager will also establish protocols for safe and effective use of the lab and monitor and maintain optimal safety conditions. S/He will be responsible for the maintenance of equipment, management of supplies and inventory, as well as scheduling and supervision of the mobile lab.


  • Collaborate with educators to develop relevant workshops to support in-class learning
  • Drive Mobile Fab Lab
  • Travel with Mobile Fab Lab for multi-day sessions
  • Creating a welcoming, safe and engaging environment
  • Develop and deliver programming for participants on a range of subjects and skills
  • Assisting students with their projects and in safely using equipment
  • Brainstorming project design ideas and suggestions
  • Keeping inventory and handling materials and consumables
  • Performing equipment repairs and preventative maintenance
  • Possessing a working knowledge of tools and equipment
  • Performing consulting and training when needed
  • Learning, knowing and enforcing Fab Lab Houston rules and policies
  • Run and write reports for tracking and evaluating the Mobile Fab Lab services.
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements


Required: Technical degree (ME, CS, IT) and/or similar job experience. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in education or other STEM-related field with significant technical experience.


Minimum of 3 years of related experience required.


  • Ideal applicants have the following experience and skill sets:
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work alongside classroom educators
  • Mentoring, student aide or teaching experience
  • Experience driving large vehicles and trailers
  • Supervisory and teaching experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment; demonstrated flexibility, initiative, and collegiality
  • Must have strong general management, problem-solving, organizational, and decision-making skills
  • Experience with image editing, CAD/CAM applications, and design software.
  • Experience with fabrication equipment such as a 3D printers, vinyl printer/cutter, laser etcher/cutter, and others.
  • Experience working in or using manufacturing/industrial and rapid prototyping technology and equipment.
  • Relevant industry, job or hobbyist experience
  • Fantastic customer service skills and a desire to work closely with people 
  • Ability to quickly learn new software applications 
  • Strong organization skills with attention to detail
  • Enjoy the process of learning/sharing knowledge and skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-tasking environment with a high volume of people interaction
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with faculty members, students, staff and outside vendors
  • May be required to demonstrate competencies of various hardware/ software skills verified during the interview


  • Intermediate knowledge of common desktop applications (web browsing, Office, image editing, etc.).
  • Intermediate knowledge of CAD/CAM applications
  • Beginner knowledge of programming Arduino and Raspberry Pi