Fab Lab Technical Intern

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ABOUT ALU

From the start, we’ve been on a mission to bring the “university of the future” to the world — a place where students declare missions not majors, where real-world experience takes precedence over theoretical classroom lectures, and where learning how to learn has replaced learning facts and figures. Today, ALU is on its way to helping unleash the human potential of a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders — and in the process, unlock a new era of prosperity and opportunity for Africa and beyond unlike the world has ever seen.

Our mission is not going unnoticed. CNN described ALU — which has campuses in Mauritius and Rwanda —  as “The Harvard of Africa;” Fast Company ranked ALU one of the 50 most innovative organisations in the world and the most innovative endeavour in Africa; and The New York Times recognised ALU as one of the eight places in the world “where history is being made.”

WHAT IS FAB LAB?

ALU has built a brand new Fab Lab at its new campus in Kigali Innovation City. In line with ALU’s vision to promote entrepreneurship amongst students in a tangible and measurable way, the Fab Lab has been created to support this vision. The purpose of the Fab Lab is twofold: to provide a space for students to explore and experience with physical build, and to provide students with a space to focus on product development through building, prototyping and testing for product focused student ventures in order to bring them to a market ready stage. The types of equipment that the Fab Lab will have range from circular saws and drills (woodworking and metalworking equipment) to more specialised equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters.

The Fab Lab sits under the Academic Learning team and the Manager of the Fab Lab will jointly report to the Dean of ALU and the Academic Director of the Degree Programmes. Through its operations, the Fab Lab will support student product development activities via the degree programme courses as well as compliment the Student Venture Programme offerings.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintenance of equipment in Lab
  • Training students to use the equipment
  • Ensuring health and safety standards are being followed
  • Manage the inventory e.g. buy the raw materials
  • Train students on Autodesk and Solidworks
  • Support Fab Lab manager with administration of Lab

REQUIREMENTS

  • TVET graduate in construction, carpentry or any related field
  • Knowledge of and experience using Autodesk and Solidworks
  • Experience using equipment such as circular saws, sanding machine, drills etc
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Rwandan national
  • Confidence and ability to lead and run classes for students
  • Trainer or technician qualifications is desired but not required

The role will be for an initial 1 year period with a 3 month probation period and the potential to extend beyond 1 year

TO APPLY – Please send your CV, certifications and a cover letter to Chandni Hirani at chirani@alueducation.com mentioning the job title in the subject.

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