Adaptive Equipment Designer C

State Of Massachusetts Wrentham , MA 02093

Posted 4 weeks ago

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Wrentham Developmental Center, is searching for a compassionate, talented professional for the role of Adaptive Equipment Designer C who is eager to assist individuals who have intellectual and physical disabilities by assisting them with their equipment alterations needs to improve their quality of life and expand their mobility.

The basic purpose of this position is to design, fabricate, and/or modify commercially available assistive technology to best suit the individual's specific needs. The Designer will report directly to the Wrentham Development Center (WDC) Site Coordinator of Assistive Technology, the DDS/Director of Assistive Technology and the WDC Assistant Facility Director for Administrative Services.

Duties and Responsibilities:
(The duties and responsibilities stated are general summary and not all inclusive.)

  • Supervisory experience including evaluating performance, assigning and planning work and provide training.

  • Work with individuals and clinical staff during scheduled clinics. Also work with clinicians and individuals at locations as necessary including: residences, work sites, day program, activity center and medical center.

  • Initiate and monitor the production of equipment by tech staff by providing instruction on technical characteristics and operation of equipment, providing technical drawings of equipment, observing production. operations and inspecting work in progress and completed work in order to ensure that equipment is produced according to proper technical standards and within specified time frames.

  • Provide information for the purchase of material by: outlining material needs and characteristics, researching availability of equipment to ensure that sufficient material and related products are purchased, and monitoring stock to ensure that material is maintained and meets design criteria.

  • Keep abreast of new technical developments in the Assistive Technology field by attending conferences, seminars, trade shows, and equipment demonstrations and maintaining professional contacts.

  • Train staff on use of specialized adaptive equipment as well as equipment maintenance.

  • Make recommendations regarding production shop layout in such areas as location of production equipment and storage area for materials in order to ensure that shop is set up in the most safe and efficient manner to optimize production.

  • Provide input at seating and positioning clinics as needed; provides preventative maintenance and repairs to residents' wheelchairs and durable medical equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge and experience with seating and mobility systems. Familiar with the types and characteristics of materials (plastics, metals, wood, etc.) and tools (welder, milling machine, lathes, hand tools, etc.) used in assistive technology design products.

  • Must be experienced with the principles of human anatomy and physiology related to the need for and use of assistive technology equipment.

  • Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in rehabilitation therapy as it applies to the need of and us of assistive technology.

  • Expertise in design software, including that used for 3D printing.

  • Capable of understanding, reading and interpreting documents such as plans, specifications, blueprints and drawings.

  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal; ability to give oral instructions in a precise and understandable manner.

Agency Requirements:

Candidate must possess a current and valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

Schedule Information:


  • 40 hour weekly position


  • Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.

  • 4:30 p.m.

Days off

  • Sunday and Saturday

Flexibility with work schedule will be required for this position.

Please note: The work location for this position is in Wrentham, MA.

About the DDS Agency:

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

The Wrentham Developmental Center is a 293-bed facility serving the more complex medical, rehabilitative, educational, and recreational needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This position is critical to the safety and well-being of the residents.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Offer Process:

  • A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit: and

  • In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

  • Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Human Resources' Field Office staff at 508-866-8803.

For any issues with the electronic system/MassCareers please contact the Employment Service Center at 617-979-8500.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the design, fabrication, alteration, and repair of adaptive equipment or ambulatory devices.

SUBSTITUTIONS: - An Bachelor's or higher degree in rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology, biomedical engineering, general engineering, industrial engineering technology, industrial or product design, engineering design, engineering mechanics, materials engineering, or polymer/plastics engineering may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.

  • One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Adaptive Equipment Designer C

State Of Massachusetts