Studio Technician 3, Digital Fabrication


Emily Carr University of Art & Design


Sep. 26, 2018

Organization Description: 

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning community merges studio practice, research, and critical theory in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have significant impact on both the cultural sector and economy. Emily Carr University engages students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Located in beautiful and culturally rich Vancouver, British Columbia, the University attracts more than 1800 students from 60 countries to our undergraduate and graduate programs.


Job Description: 

Permanent Full-Time Position
Hours to be Determined

Applications are invited for a Studio Technician to provide technical support to the delivery of Digital Fabrication curriculum and assist students to develop and articulate technical skills by providing original technical instruction. The Studio Technician demonstrates the safe and appropriate use and application of equipment, tools, materials, techniques and processes, and advises students in solving technical problems. In addition, the Studio Technician, researches new equipment, products, materials, and processes and provides technical input into curriculum development as required.


Some Typical Duties:
1 Under the general supervision of the Manager, Technical Services, provides original technical instruction to support the curriculum and assists students, staff, and faculty to develop and articulate technical skills.
2 Supports all relevant student inquiry emerging from curriculum. Advises students on the wide variety of methods and processes available to express ideas and concepts, and assists them in developing solutions to their technical problems.
3 Demonstrates the appropriate use of materials, tools and equipment associated with digital production with an emphasis on safety. Maintains safety standards in area, including WHMIS labeling, WorkSafeBC documentation, and communication of best practices to those working in prototyping areas. 
4 Monitors equipment to ensure proper working condition. Troubleshoots and diagnoses equipment problems and performs regular maintenance according to manufacturers’ standards. Performs minor repairs where appropriate. Liaises with vendors, suppliers, and repair technicians to resolve larger equipment problems in consultation with the Manager, Technical Services. 
5 In consultation with the Manager, develops strategies for curricular digital fabrication support including hardware and software support.
6 Develops process documentation and other instructional resources.
7 Monitors the area operating budget. Coordinates purchasing of supplies, equipment, and products. Participates in the capital request process. Consults with facility users to maintain relevant, high quality equipment and resources, and coordinates equipment installations with Facilities. 
8 In conjunction with the Manager, and other Technicians, makes recommendations on policies, procedures, departmental plans, safety measures, studio use, and staffing.
9 Responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and providing day to day direction of student workers and junior technical staff as required.
10 Collaborates with the Manager on a variety of projects such as graduation exhibition planning. 
11 Stays current in the developments and changes in area.


• Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, Art/Design education an asset. 
• Minimum three years relevant experience in a comparable technical position, preferably in a post-secondary institution. 
• Or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
• Considerable experience with digital processes including CAD, Subtractive/Additive CNC platforms, laser cutting, 3D printing (FDM, SLS, SLD) and 3D scanning. 
• Considerable knowledge of Digital Fabrication gateway software including Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper, SolidWorks, Fusion 360, and range of G-code generators/slicers. 
• Demonstrated practical experience with digital prototyping tools, including troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair. 
• Experience in range material and process methods.
• Demonstrated experience using conventional stationary power tools.
• Experience with budget administration, purchasing, and planning. 
• Demonstrated experience supervising and delivering technical instruction. 
• Ability to make independent decisions within policies and guidelines.
• Ability to clearly communicate information and demonstrate the use of equipment to non-technical users in support of an open inclusive learning environment. 
• Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, and faculty. 
• Experience with budget administration, purchasing, and planning. 
• Physical stamina and mobility to permit lifting, carrying, and moving heavy objects.
• Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. 
• Ability to exercise initiative, creative problem-solving and best practices to contribute to the successful operation of the area.
• Considerable knowledge of applicable software and hardware tools within the context of integrated digital fabrication (e.g. Rhino, Grasshopper, SolidWorks, Fusion 360, Visual Mill, and emergent open source software). 
• Considerable skill in working with materials and equipment related to wood and plastics products design, fabrication, and machining.

How to Apply: 

To apply for this job, please visit Competition closes on Wednesday, 26 September 2018.


$51,440 to $55,072 per annum

Contact Name: Human Resources
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Contact Phone: (604) 844-3824

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