SUMMARY The College of Design has an immediate opening for a 75%-time (30 hours/week) Art Research Studio Technician (UMN job classification #4939) to work in Design Fabrication resources. This is a 9-month position for the academic year (August-May). This position is labor-represented; union dues/fair share may be deducted from pay.
Position instructs and oversees College of Design students, faculty and staff in utilization of fabrication resources to conduct coursework and academic research. Fabrication capabilities include traditional wood and metalworking and state-of-the-art CNC machining and additive prototyping. The Art Research Studio Technician consults with shop users regarding effective and appropriate materials and methodology for the execution of work. Specific work location and tasks may vary day-to-day dependent upon curricular and client needs. Work hours are established semester-to-semester dependent upon curricular and client needs and will include evening and/or weekend hours. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation. The Art Research Studio Technician reports to the Fabrication Lab Director.
RESPONSIBILITIES Train, Supervise and Assist Design Fabrication Users and Student Technicians – 85% Demonstrate safe, effective shop practices and oversee shop users’ utilization of facility and equipment, including safety protocols. Provide instruction and support for digital fabrication software and hardware. Consult with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and communities to address technical aspects of coursework and projects. Understand,follow, and enforce (when applicable) safe work practices, as well as standing policies and procedures. Determine user and project eligibility for area access. Communicate with and effectively train, guide, and support diverse clientele with a broad array of identities in a professional and productive manner. Maintain consistent work hours; communicate schedule changes with users and supervisor. Confer with Fabrication Lab Director and other affected parties when user needs cannot be met. Identify and assign tasks and projects for student shop technicians. Monitor student work schedules and resolve schedule conflicts. Train and mentor student technicians in development and advancement of technical proficiencies, communicating job responsibilities and performance expectations to student shop technicians.
Fabrication Lab Development - 10% Assist with the development of training materials for area equipment and processes, accounting for diverse ways of learning and knowing. Contribute to the development of area policies and procedures. Attend and participate in staff meetings. Design, construct and install physical improvements to work environments, including those that improve accessibility. Expand technical capabilities through self-directed projects.
Routine Maintenance, Housekeeping and Equipment Troubleshooting – 5% Maintain familiarity with tools and equipment required by users. Handle routine maintenance and housekeeping of facility without direct supervision. Discuss equipment, facility and material concerns with Fabrication Lab Director and parties requesting work on special projects.
High school graduation plus two years of college coursework in a relevant field or minimum two years of work experience in educational fabrication environment/s.
Ability to interact and communicate effectively and courteously with a diverse group of people at all levels of the organization.
Ability to take initiative, prioritize work, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and problem solve.
General mechanical, woodworking, welding, metal working, electrical and/or masonry skills.
Working knowledge of typical analog and digital production and prototyping equipment and processes including but not limited to: tablesaws, bandsaws, sanders, welding equipment, cnc machining and additive prototyping systems.
Experience with a Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software such as: RhinoCAM, Fusion360, MasterCAM, SurfCAM, or similar.
Familiarity with materials used in fabrication and prototyping processes.
Ability to instruct students and graduate assistants in safe procedures for power and hand tool operation.
Ability to pay strict attention to lab protocol; ability to remain calm and composed when dealing with difficult situations or people.
Ability to be flexible in work hours; some evening and/or weekend hours will be required.
Wide range of mobility, i.e., ability to stoop, reach, bend at waist, grasp and pick up objects, maneuver in cramped areas, perform minor repairs to equipment, stand for long periods of time, lift and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 50lbs; May be exposed to hazardous materials, chemicals, etc. as well as exposed to noise and dust in the shop.
Expertise in the operation, maintenance and repair of analog and digital fabrication equipment.
Proficiency with Rhino 3D, RhinoCAM, and Solidworks 2018 or later.
Experience demonstrating software or machine operations to individuals and small groups.
Working knowledge of 3D printing and laser cutting hardware and software
Experience supervising student employees or serving in a lead-worker capacity.
Exceptional level of commitment to customer service.
Experience in development and delivery of multimedia instructional materials of technical subject matter.
Working knowledge of learning management software such as Canvas or TrainingHub.
Internal Number: 331748
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