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College of Design, University of Minnesota

Temporary Fabrication Technician

Location: MN - Twin Cities Metro
Type: Part Time
Category: Fabrication and production

City: Minneapolis, MN
Salary: $31,200 annual
Is this a remote / WFH position?: No

Job description

The Fabrication Shops in the College of Design is seeking to hire 2 Temporary Fabrication Technicians. The Fabrication Technician position instructs and oversees College of Design students, faculty and staff in utilization of fabrication resources to conduct coursework and academic research. The position helps foster a safe and welcoming working environment for shop users from all design disciplines and of all levels of skill.

Fabrication capabilities include traditional wood and metal working, CNC routing, laser and waterjet cutting, 3D printing, and experimental fabrication techniques. The position consults with users and teaches appropriate and safe use of materials and tools to help them realize their designs. Work tasks vary day-to-day depending upon curricular needs. Work hours are established semester-to-semester dependent upon curricular 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.

Position Responsibilities:

Train, Supervise and Assist Design Fabrication Users and Student Technicians – 80%

Communicate with and effectively train, guide, and support diverse clientele with a broad array of identities in a professional and productive manner.
Demonstrate safe, effective shop practices and oversee utilization of facility and equipment, including safety protocols.
Determine user and project eligibility for area access and provide instruction and support for digital fabrication software and hardware.
Understand, follow, and enforce safe work practices as well as standing policies and procedures.
Train and mentor student technicians in development and advancement of technical proficiencies, communicating job responsibilities and performance expectations.
Identify and assign tasks and projects for student shop technicians.
Monitor student work schedules and resolve schedule conflicts.
Maintain consistent work hours; communicate schedule changes with users and supervisor.
Confer with the Fabrication Director and other affected parties when user needs cannot be met.

Fabrication Lab Development & Special Projects – 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.
Collaborate with and support other departments when fabrication resources are requested.

Routine Maintenance, Housekeeping and Equipment Troubleshooting – 10%

– Maintain familiarity with tools and equipment required by users.
– Handle routine maintenance and housekeeping of the facility without direct supervision.
– Discuss equipment, facility and material concerns with the Fabrication Director and parties requesting work on special projects.

About the Department
College of Design (CDes) students have access to equipment, materials, facilities, and instruction from Fabrication Department staff which enables hands-on making activities to enrich their educational experiences. CDes Fabrication shops provide a full complement of power tools, hand tools, and digital fabrication equipment for the manipulation of wood, metal, and related media in order to support learning outcomes.

Qualifications or qualifications

Required Qualifications:

– High school graduation plus two years of work experience in educational or fabrication environment/s or college coursework in a relevant field.
– Working knowledge of operation and maintenance of a wide variety of analog and digital fabrication equipment and tools.
– High levels of social and emotional intelligence in order to effectively and courteously communicate with a diverse group of people at all levels of the organization.
– Ability to instruct students and graduate assistants in safe procedures for power and hand tool operation.
– Familiarity with materials used in fabrication and prototyping processes.
– Ability to pay strict attention to lab protocol and lead by example.
– Flexibility in work hours; some evening and/or weekend hours will be required.
– Exceptional level of commitment to customer service and ability to communicate clearly and maintain composure when faced with difficult situations.
– Ability to take initiative, prioritize work, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and problem solve.
– 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

– Experience in an educational setting demonstrating machine operations to individuals and small groups.
– Experience supervising student employees or serving in a lead-worker capacity.
– Working knowledge of 3D printing and laser cutting hardware and software.
– Experience with Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software such as: RhinoCAM, Fusion360, MasterCAM, SurfCAM, or similar.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online: Job ID 336849

To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. In addition, please submit the following documents: 1.) cover letter; 2.) resume; and 3.) contact information for three references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647). For questions about the position or search process, please contact Zang Lee, HR Generalist, at

Special Notice for COVID-19
The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University’s mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information
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