Technical Assistant III (Educ)/Department of Art

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

ID: 7079154
Posted: May 27, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Oversees and maintains the wood/metal/CNC/Laser facilities and its equipment in a safe, functional condition. Orders and/or fabricates appropriate supplies and equipment. Provides technical supervision and training to faculty, teaching assistants, and students in the Department of Art to ensure proper and safe working procedures. Oversees teaching assistants and work-study employees as required. Logs trainings, and maintains compliance with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) standards and works closely with EHS staff.

Essential Functions

Maintains the wood and metal shop facility and its equipment in a safe, functional condition. Assures availability of required safety devices to protect against accidents and health hazards. The shop area comprises of 2 main studios, 1 office, 2 storage areas, 1 assembly/lecture studio, 1 small machining room and 1 room with CNC and laser cutter.
Maintains compliance with EHS standards and works closely with EHS staff.
Calibrates, maintains and repairs wood and metal shop equipment as necessary. Monitors the dust-collection system. If needed, contracts with Physical Plant or outside vendors for major repairs.
Designs, fabricates, builds, and installs specialized wood and metal shop equipment. If needed, contracts with Physical Plant or outside vendors for installation of major equipment.
Trains faculty, teaching assistants, student employees, and students in all of the Department’s programs, in a classroom setting or individually, regarding safe shop practices and techniques. Keeps a detailed log of all trainings.
Assists students and faculty in the design, execution, and troubleshooting of custom projects.
Functionally supervises graduate teaching assistants and directly supervises undergraduate student employees as required.
Demonstrates methods and techniques to sculpture, printmaking, and painting students during classes, as requested by faculty and under their direct supervision.
Conducts two non-credit workshops per semester for students on subjects suited to research interests such as framing, art installation, exhibition design, crate fabrication, and stretcher building.
Develops shop area budget by preparing detailed lists of equipment and supplies needed; solicits bids from suppliers; acquires needed materials; reconciles budget and wood and metal shop requirements with Department administrators.
Provides technical and safety support to the metals and welding studio (Studio Arts Building, rooms 148, 148A-D), as required.
Provides technical and safety support to the CNC and laser cutter. Maintains and regularly cleans the CNC and laser cutter machines.

Other Functions

Performs other duties as assigned.


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