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This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
The Instructional Technician will support teaching and creative activity in architecture, design, and art as part of a student-facing team. The technician will work with students and faculty to informally instruct them in process and craft across multiple shops and disciplines with a focus on digital fabrication. The technician will have primary responsibility for the safe day-to-day operation of the Caleres Digital Fabrication Studio in Weil Hall, but will work across all shops and making spaces as needed. The Technician will create a welcoming environment in the digital fabrication studio and break down barriers for students with limited experience to appropriately use the studio, including individual instruction, process demonstration, and safety training. The Technician will use strong people management skills in the oversight of studio monitors and to foster a positive learning and making environment. This position reports to the Sam Fox School Facilities Manager.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide individual and group instruction and guidance in the use of digital fabrication tools, technology, materials, and processes to support teaching and creative activity across the school.
Working in partnership with faculty, develop and implement student training and workshops specific to digital fabrication equipment/materials/techniques/technology identified by a studio or class or identified as a broader academic need across the curriculum.
Work individually with students to help them learn digital fabrication skills and technologies needed to successfully undertake academic and co-curricular projects.
Work closely with the Assistant Facilities Manager to develop a plan for student safety and user training in the Digital Fabrication Studio.
Learn new digital fabrication proctices/methodologies outside the School and offer related training to keep faculty and students current with emerging practices.
Organize and maintain a clean, safe digital fabrication studio.
Hire, train, and manage student shop monitors to ensure safe use of the studio during open hours.
Maintain, implement, and evolve safety protocols.
Support Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) operations as needed in studio and building.
Maintain, repair, and/or replace machines, systems, and tools in studio as required and/or work with appropriate vendors to maintain equipment.
Manage digital studio budget, oversee material, and equipment inventory. Work with faculty to obtain and maintain supplies needed for classroom and digital studio operation.
Support facilities needs across the Sam Fox School. Work with the Facilities teams at peak times, such as move out and pre-orientation, to ensure that the school’s buildings are ready for upcoming academic cycles.
MArch or MFA and experience working with students and faculty.
Supervisory skills desired.
Experience with architecture and/or design education.
Expertise with auto cad, Rhino, RhinoCam, Adobe suite, standard desktop software for business.
Expertise with CNC file setup, machine operation, file processing, material selection, jigging and fixturing.
Experience with CNC maintenance and trouble shooting.
Expertise with laser cutter operation, safety precautions, materials selection, and file input systems.
Basic laser safety and maintenance/ trouble shooting.
Familiarity with FDM 3D printer types and operation, specifically Stratasys and Cura software systems.
Basic wood shop skills with hand and stationary power tools.
Demonstrated understanding of the importance of standards in safe shop operation.
Some ability or willingness to acquire metalworking skills.
Basic machine maintenance and trouble shooting skills.
Familiarity with general chemical hazard safety.
Understanding of basic electricity.
Comfort working with computers.
Ability to work independently to maintain an excellent facility in safety and operations.
Ability to maintain and operate within budget.
Ability to work in a diverse and youth-oriented dynamic environment.
Ability to work collaboratively with architecture, art, and design faculty.
Basic first aid.
Other desired skills and familiarity include: casting; plaster; plastics and thermoforming; composites, resin, glass, and fiber production methods; stitching and soft goods production.
BS, BA, BArch, BFA or other related degree and at least 1-2 year’s experience working with digital fabrication tools.
Experience working with individuals that have a range of familiarity with digital fabrication facilities.
Demonstrated understanding of shop safety requirements and best practices.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the Danforth Campus in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
The hiring range for this position is $44,090 - $56,238 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -10 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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