This is a 75 percent-time (30 hours/week) position providing health and safety and technical support for the ceramic facilities in the Department of Art. Provides instruction on ceramic equipment and health and safety methods and processes to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in the Department of Art’s ceramics facilities. Assist in the integration of ceramic technologies into Department of Art curriculum and research activities. Maintains, repairs, designs, and builds equipment in the ceramics area. Responsible for purchasing ceramics supplies and equipment. Reports to the Facilities and Technical Coordinator.
Ceramics Technical and Health and Safety Instruction – 30% • Train graduate and undergraduate students and part-time faculty on ceramics equipment to for educational and research purposes -- provide broad knowledge of ceramic studio operations. • Train graduate and undergraduate students and part-time faculty on health and safety processes and procedures of ceramic facilities including: 30 kilns and clay and glaze mixing. • Collaborate with teaching faculty to integrate safety procedures of ceramic processes and methods into courses across Department of Art curriculum. • Develop, maintain, and distribute ceramic safety instructional materials - digital and hardcopy and provide graduate and undergraduate students and faculty with technical reference materials that supplement course instruction. • Teach workshops in a variety of technical and health and safety aspects of ceramics. • Coordinate and supervise teaching assistant duties with area faculty and Director of Graduate Studies. • Maintain excellent organizational skills and written, verbal, and interpersonal communications with faculty and staff. • Oversee health and safety procedures and processes for ceramics facilities in the Regis Center for Art ensuring safe and efficient operation of the ceramics teaching facilities and proper working condition of ceramics equipment meeting EPA and OSHA standards. • Serve as the expert user and instructor of ceramic production equipment including gas, electric and atmospheric kilns.
Equipment Safety and Maintenance Ceramics Area Technician - 30% • Ensures safe and efficient operation of the ceramics equipment and teaching facilities, test ceramics equipment to ensure proper working condition, meet EPA and OSHA standards • Maintain and repair (30) gas, electric, and wood-fired kilns, clay mixers and de-airing pug-mill, clay mixers, 37 pottery wheels including both electric and kick powered and other equipment in assigned areas. • Assess the needs for new equipment, research new products, and present best product information to area faculty for discussion of future purchases. • Provides safety and technical assistance to students and faculty for ceramic materials used in department courses. • Support all technical aspects of ceramic facilities including glaze and clay chemistry development and mixing. • Assesses the needs of the ceramics area for new equipment, research new products and present best product information to area faculty for discussion of future purchases • Provides safety training, technical assistance, and material and equipment instruction to undergraduate and graduate students
Supervision – 20% • Coordinate and supervise TA duties with Ceramics Area Faculty Representative and DGS • Maintain excellent organizational skills, written, verbal and interpersonal
Purchasing and Fiscal Oversight – 20% • Responsible for purchasing ceramics supplies and equipment • Maintain inventory of consumable goods for assigned areas • Identify vendors and pricing sources for supplies and equipment • Consult with Facilities Coordinator and Department Chair on large expenditures for equipment and supplies • Keep the Facilities and Technical Coordinator informed of inventory and fund balances • Maintain inventory of consumable goods for assigned areas and purchase supplies and equipment in assigned areas. • Monitor student fees use in ceramics related courses. • Keep the Facilities and Technical Coordinator informed of inventory and fund balances. • Research vendors and pricing to find the most economical source for supplies and equipment. • Forecast and plan for large expenditures of equipment and supplies.
Minimum 2 years college training including courses in Studio Arts with an emphasis in ceramics or equivalent experience.
Experience with ceramics facilities and equipment
Experience providing technical support to students in a ceramics facility. Experience with gas and electric ceramic kilns and their safety systems.
Experience with safety standards and safe studio practices in ceramics facilities and art studios in general
Knowledge of materials and processes used in the field of ceramic art, including glaze calculation.
Knowledge of and experience with safe practices in ceramics and studio arts
Ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, students, and staff.
Certified forklift driver or ability to be certified soon after hire.
Meet the specific physical requirements and environmental exposures of the job including but not limited to lift/carry/push up to 100 lbs., work at heights up to 20 feet, operate large equipment and vehicles, work outside in a variety of weather and temperature extremes, exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, open flames, ability to give clear and precise instructions.
BA, BFA, or MFA degree in studio arts with an emphasis in ceramics
Four (4) years of related experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight (8) years
Experience teaching in ceramics at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Ability to build and rebuild kilns
Knowledge and training experience of safe practices in studio arts
Certified forklift driver
Knowledge of facilities and equipment in assigned areas
Knowledge of materials and processes used in assigned areas
Ability to instruct students in the safe operation of kilns and handling of materials
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent problem solving skill
Experience with purchasing and budgeting of equipment and material
Internal Number: 331638
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