Join the Student Lab Staff

Note: Below is the usual Tinker Advisor job description.  Because of Covid, there will be some changes as the situation arises.  Advisors will also be assisting with Ingalls.  This is an on campus job with some remote activity.

Please apply only when your plans for the semester and classes have been set (summer and academic year) and you are available to come in to be interviewed and start work, if hired.  Part of eligibility is based on your available hours.  If this changes after you are hired, you may be removed from the schedule.

We are always accepting applications.  Please be aware that the review process is slow.  If you are interested, you should submit an application and if you meet basic eligibility and the Lab Advisor Application Review Committee thinks you have the skills needed, they will call you in for a first interview.  There is no set time table for when anything will happen.

Do not inquire about your application after you have applied. We will contact you, if we are interested.  (Throughout your working life it is common to apply for a job and not hear back.  There are many reasons for this that may or may not be related to you.  You should apply for as many jobs as possible and hope for the best.)

Please be advised, although Lab Advisor referrals are helpful, they are not required.  Lab Advisors do not make hiring decisions.  Regular work in the lab and pictures of projects is also helpful but other experience is also considered.

We have several student positions -Lab Advisors, Assistant Manager and several Coordinator positions.  The Assistant Manager and Coordinator positions are usually available to someone who has worked as a Lab Advisor for one full semester or both Summer sessions.  All positions 10-20 hours a week and are available to College of Engineering students only. Please apply when you are available to be called in for interviews and start to work, if hired.

All students working in the lab are required to attend a mandatory weekly staff meeting, currently being held most Fridays or Sundays at 6pm.

Lab Advisor: Provide advice to students working in the lab as well as supervising the overall operations and safety. You must regularly travel around the lab reviewing safety rules and activities, keep the lab clean and organized at all times, and make all users and guests feel welcomed. Lab Advisors will be asked to do safety training for groups and individuals, as requested.  The Lab Manager and Assistant Manager or Coordinators  will assign you various tasks. This job requires your full attention. You will not be able to do personal business or have visitors. You will be supervised on camera and in person. Personal Tinker projects can be done, if limited and with approval. Other related duties will be assigned, including equipment maintenance and repair, as appropriate.   At the end of your shift, you will be required to write a report of lab activity. You will need to respond in a reasonable time to all Manager and Lab Advisor inquiries, even when off duty.  Experience with machine tools and do-it-yourself projects is preferred. The pay is $14.50 an hour.

Lab hours: Mon-Thurs, noon to 10pm and Fri, Sat, Sun, noon to 6pm. (Tinker is only open when classes are in session.)

To be eligible to work, you must be registered as a full time student at the College of Engineering at Boston University (certified and registered as a full time student in the case of part-time classes or program).

No student can work more than 20 hours for ALL jobs at Boston University when classes are in session. No student can work for more than 40 hours a week  when classes are not in session. (A paycheck issued by Boston University indicates it is a Boston University job.).

International students need ISSO paperwork to begin work.

You must have excellent communication skills and be able to respond quickly and clearly to enforce safety violations.

(If you are a Graduate Teaching Fellow [GTF], Research Assistant [RA], or Dean’s Fellow [DF or DRF], you must have permission from your supervisor to work, since the GTF, RA and DF or DRF [funded] positions are considered 20 hours a week, assuming you receive a stipend and tuition. International students who are in GTF, RA and DF or DRF positions are not eligible to work, since you cannot work more than 20 hours a week. These rules do not apply in the summer or during semester breaks.)

Send a separate application for each job you are applying for with all the information below to:

  1. What position are you applying for?
  2. Why are you applying for this position?
  3. What semesters are you applying for? Specify each semester: Summer 1, Summer 2, Fall, Spring.
  4. What is your experience with the Lab?
  5. Provide a brief paragraph detailing your experience with machine shops, hand tools, and hands-on projects.
  6. Your course schedule for the semester (or semesters) you wish to work. – You must attach to your e-mail the graph format of your course list found at the Student Link – it needs to be saved as an image to be viewed in the e-mail. Do not include it in the body of the e-mail but as an attachment. You will need to add to the schedule any times you cannot work because of other commitments. (Add it to the schedule – do not explain in text.) The schedule you are providing is your clear statement of available hours for the semester and your willingness to work those hours. If you are hired, it will be based on these hours. If you are unable to work these hours, there is no promise we will have any other hours for you to work.
  7. What are the specific times you want to work each week? What are the numbers of hours you want to work each week? How flexible are you in terms of the number of hours and times?
  8. Please include your ID #, full name, school, program, and graduation month and year.
  9. Do you have work-study money?  (You are not required to have a work study award).
  10. Please indicate if you may be available to work next semester. Specify each semester: Fall, Spring, Sum 1, Sum 2.
  11. Attach your resume.
  12. How did you hear about the job? Were you referred by lab staff? If so, who?
  13. Do you understand you must attend mandatory staff meetings currently being held most Fridays or Sundays at 6pm.
  14. Do you have or are you seeking a second job? Is this a job where you do or will receive a paycheck/stipend from BU?
  15.  For Fall 20 semester only – Are you interested in working over the Thanksgiving Break – Wednesday to Sunday,  Specifically, what days?