Reporting to the Director of Making Studio in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), the Manager of Making Studio assists with the management and operation of the GSAPP Makerspace and Fabrication Lab.
Responsible for the operation and upkeep of fabrication equipment which includes detailed knowledge of machine and tool operation and troubleshooting. Develops periodic maintenance routines and schedules for equipment.
Responsible for developing, executing and monitoring safety policy for the Makerspace and Fabrication Lab. Responsible for conducting workshops - training and compliance matters related to the use of the Fabrication Lab and Makerspace including but not limited to mandatory safety training that teaches students how to work safely in the lab. Trains and monitors crew on general, every day safety practices. Maintains contact with Columbia University's Environmental Health & Safety to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures regarding Makerspace.
The incumbent will assist in developing systems for tracking training, performance and outcomes in the Makerspace and Fabrication Labs. Responsible for writing and teaching shop practices to students and student crew. Provides on-demand instruction for students learning fabrication techniques and directs tutorials and workshops for Makerspace training.
Directly supervises 15-20 short-term casuals.
Performs other related duties as assigned/requested.
Coordination: Assists with the management and daily operation of the GSAPP Makerspace and Fabrication Lab. Organizes and manages Makerspace daily activity, event programming, and external outreach. Develops and executes training, scheduling, and queueing of student digital fabrication jobs, including CNC, 3D printers, laser cutters, and other specialty equipment. Supervises a student crew of 15-20 in the Makerspace. Consults with the Director regarding the mission, message, and future of the Fabrication Lab (including Makerspace). Implements policy and practices that advance the mission and message of the lab. Maintains contact with peer institutions and design industry partners over activities in the Makerspace. Researches and suggests new equipment, program, or policy for the Makerspace and Fabrication Lab. (30%)
Operation & Maintenance: Responsible for the operation and upkeep of analog and digital fabrication equipment. Requires detailed technical knowledge of machine and tool operation, general and specific troubleshooting, and answering questions from students and student crew regarding that operation. Develops daily, weekly, and other periodic maintenance routines and schedules for equipment. Maintains physical and digital knowledge base for equipment, and is a primary contact for industry and vendor suppliers and support technicians. Responsible for ensuring the Laboratory is functioning efficiently and has adequate inventory. Resolves administrative and financial disputes and works closely with the Finance Office on administrative matters. (20%)
Health & Safety: Responsible for developing, executing, and monitoring safety policy for the Makerspace and greater Fabrication Lab. Maintains contact with Columbia University Environmental Health & Safety regarding policy in the Makerspace. Trains student crew on all physical injury, fire hazard, chemical hazard emergency policy. Trains and monitors crew on general, every-day safety practice and heuristics in the Makerspace and Fabrication Lab. Consults with other institutional resources regarding health and safety in a shop setting. (20%)
Training: Responsible for writing and teaching shop practices, both group and individual, to student population and student crew. Assists in developing systems for keeping track of training, performance, and outcomes in the Makerspace and Fabrication Lab. Provides on-demand instruction for students learning fabrication techniques, also directs group tutorials and workshops for Makerspace training. (20%)
Perform other related duties as assigned/requested. (10%)
Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required. Master of Architecture degree preferred. Minimum 2-4 years related experience required.
Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work with diverse groups of people. Must be highly organized and motivated.
Must have experience using CNC fabrication and hardware: Large-format 3 and 4-axis CNC routers, 3D printers (FDM + SLA), Laser Cutters, Vacuum Forming.
Must have knowledge of analog shop techniques: basic woodworking, casting and mold-making, general fabrication skills.
Must have knowledge of basic architectural drawing software such as Rhino or AutoCAD; general principles, history and techniques used in digital fabrication: 3D modeling software such as Rhino.
Must be willing and able to learn new software and techniques as needed.
Master of Architecture degree preferred
Type other requirements and/or special indicators if CUIMC
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