Under the direction of the department chair, the Shop/Lab Technician would conduct safety training for students, train and supervise student teaching assistants (TA's), design and build improvements to the woodshop and maintain the machinery/working spaces of the Elliott Wood Shop and Metal shop.
RESPONSIBILITIES:In the Elliott Wood/Metal Shops:
Train and certify students to use machines properly and safely
Guide and assist students with fabrication questions on their projects, serving as a consultant for Department of Art and Architecture courses that integrate student projects fabricated in shop/s
Assist with materials orders for student projects
Monitor and assist students while they are working to keep shop clean, safe, and healthy
Inventory and maintain on-hand course materials
Maintain inventory of equipment; place orders for maintaining inventory of machines; perform research for requests for new equipment
Design/construct/maintain materials/tools storage spaces, spearhead improvement projects for woodshop and metal shop, particularly around safety and organization
Maintain tools and machines in both shops
Keep space conducive to custodial cleaning duties; supervise regular cleanups, maintain order in spaces
Maintain ventilation system (troubleshoot, supervise collection pickup)
Assist in hiring Student shop Assistants (SSAs); supervise SSAs in all their work and projects
Conduct and train SSA’s during weekly studio/machine maintenance sessions, both to ensure proper upkeep and preventative maintenance of machinery
Help to maintain digital fabrication equipment (3D printer and laser cutter)
In the Elliott Studios and Houghton Studios:
Perform regular maintenance of furniture, studio materials organization, inventorying of classroom equipment and materials
Assist envisioning ongoing future development of shops as fabrication spaces in consultation with Department faculty
B.A. in related field plus 2 years related experience, or the equivalent combination of experience, education and training. Masters degree preferred. Excellent communication skills (oral and written); ability to manage SSA’s; commitment to safe shop practices; prior studio teaching experience is preferable. Formal training and/or practical experience in general machine shop practice, welding, metal machining, woodworking and mechanical/electrical repair. Digital skills in word-processing and spreadsheet programs is required to set up and maintain inventories and Student Shop Assistants hours. Ability to work well with others, especially unskilled students is essential. Good organizational skills are a must.
OTHER INFORMATION: This is a half-time (20 hours per week) 9-month, benefits-eligible, administrative hourly position.
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