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DEPARTMENT OF STUDIO ARTS
TECHNICIAN, SCULPTURE PROGRAM (P5983)
Deadline: June 14, 2021
Reporting to the Department Administrator, Studio Arts and functionally to the Sculpture Faculty Technician Coordinator the incumbent performs responsibilities related to monitoring space, health & safety and budget for the Sculpture undergraduate studios. They act as a resource person for faculty and students on matters related to studio maintenance, equipment and safety practices.
- Organize and supervise the day-to-day operational activities in the Sculpture program to ensure the smooth functioning and operational maintenance of Sculpture facilities and studios, including equipment, storage, and supply rooms.
- Instruct students, faculty and staff, e.g., through in-course demonstrations, workshops, on Mould-making and Casting methods and materials, and the development of environmentally friendly materials and processes.
- Provide curricular project support to students and faculty for all technical issues associated with Sculptural processes, including mould-making and casting, fabrication techniques and tool use.
- Order equipment and materials; manage the stock of materials and keep an inventory.
- Implement and maintain the WHMIS system, update all MSDS and label all toxic materials; manage hazardous and non-hazardous material use in studios and workshops.
- Functionally supervise the work of contract technicians and/or casual staff.
- Establish safe working procedures in all Sculpture studios and associated facilities.
- In consultation with faculty, oversee operational and capital equipment refresh budgets and sales of consumable materials for the Sculpture Program.
- In consultation with faculty, conceive of designs and oversee the installation of new specialized equipment and space renovation projects when required.
- In collaboration with all concerned, inform students and faculty regulations governing health and safety within the University. Instruct in the operation of equipment and tools in the Sculpture program and enforce adherence to safety regulations and proper practices in the Sculpture studios and affiliated facilities.
- Evaluate and attempt to resolve Sculpture facility issues, including carrying out minor repairs and/or overseeing facility service work.
- Participate in new and ongoing capital and other minor and major renovations and refurbishment projects within the studios.
- Coordinate and contact the appropriate personnel within Maintenance Operations, Security, Cleaning Services, Health & Safety, Fire Safety, and other Maintenance Service Units and submit requests for work order repairs for Sculpture studios and affiliated facilities.
- Create clear and user-friendly technical documentation, signage, and instructions for studios and equipment.
- Monitor tool borrowing program and critique space and storage space sign out.
- Establish vendor contacts, research pricing, new products, and equipment.
- Diploma of Collegial Studies (three-year professional DEC) and four (4) years of relevant experience OR Bachelor's degree in Studio Arts or a relevant/equivalent discipline and two (2) years of relevant work experience.
- Working knowledge of studio health and safety regulations, best practices, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Including, an in-depth knowledge of safe working practices for a range of traditional and experimental/unconventional sculptural materials.
- Excellent organizational & interpersonal skills
- Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken and written English in order to assist/instruct and to write procedures and instructions; Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken French in order to provide information to students
- Knowledge (Basic level) of Word (to create documents) and Excel (to input data). Ability to work with Microsoft Office 365.
- Technical ability to instruct students bring a project from concept to realization, and help them turn abstract ideas into a tangible, feasible plan
- Understanding of Sculpture studio processes and the ability to work safely with, and demonstrate proper use of, a wide array of hand tools, power tools, and machinery
- Proficiency in Mould-making and Casting methods and materials including silicone, alginate, body moulds, large-scale and small-scale casting processes, plasters, concrete and resins, and an awareness of kitchen-friendly processes for safe at-home use
- Proficiency with any of the following will be considered an asset: woodworking, metalworking, furniture making, construction techniques, maquette building, finishing techniques, mechanics, environmentally friendly materials and processes, digital fabrication processes, and foundry processes
- Will require use of respiratory protection and enrollment in the University’s Respiratory Protection Program
- Will require use of hearing protection and enrollment in the University’s Hearing Conservation Program
- Have physical ability to lift/carry/move without assistance up to 23 kg (50 lbs.) and with assistance over 45 kg (100 lbs.)
$28.25 - $42.47 per hour
Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by June 14, 2021. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.
IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.