HERC: Metro New York & Southern Connecticut Full Time Technician, Light & Energy Lab and Wood & Metal Shops in New York, New York
Employer Name: The New School
Full Time Technician, Light & Energy Lab and Wood & Metal Shops The Making Center Parsons School of Design Parsons School for Design, a division of The New School, seeks a Full-time Technician for the Light & Energy Lab and Wood & Metal shops for the Making Center. Parsons Making Center is a collection of more than 70,000 sq. ft. of labs, shops, studios, and open workspaces that provide curricular support for making across a broad range of mediums and disciplines and supports experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Technician should be a personable, proactive, detail-oriented individual who will become integral to the daily workings of the facilities within the Making Center, with the ability to learn new skills and technologies as needed.Â Â This is a fast paced dynamic environment that runs year-round. The Technician will interface with students and faculty daily and work with Making Center staff to support multiple processes and resources for all users in a range of making spaces. The technician will facilitate the use of the Light and Energy Lab, supporting the MFA Lighting, March, and BFA-AD curricula, as well as other programs, with facilities that allow students to test different daylighting scenarios and work with lighting instrumentation and energy measurement equipment. The technician will also facilitate calibration and upgrading of equipment as necessary. The technician will also support other Making Center spaces including, but not limited to, the E4 Wood and Metal Shops, N2 General Shop and associated open work areas, tool checkouts, and material stores. This is an administrative position, governed by a Local 1205 Teamsters union contract, that reports to the Facilities Manager for the Wood and Metal facilities adjacent to the Light and Energy Lab. The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment. RESPONSIBILITIES Maintain a clean and safe working environment and uphold a respectful shop culture for students, faculty, and staff. Work with other Making Center staff on the troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, installation, continuous operation, and support for a variety of hardware/software and technologies. Assist supervisor and Making Center Leadership with the following: Assist faculty and students. Lead demo sessions about various pieces of equipment. Make hardware/software purchase and process recommendations. Create and update web page content. Create and conduct orientations, training, and tours. Participate in the onboarding process for new technician staff, through peer-to-peer training and skills sharing. Maintain administrative systems for scheduling, record keeping, inventories, and metrics tracking. Provide support for store and tool checkout functions as related to assigned areas Oversee daily workings of the Making Center facilities as assigned. Supervise student workers, including training, tracking accountability, and assigning tasks during shifts. Oversee tool and equipment checkout for both in-shop/lab use and off-site special requests. Create clear, accurate, user-friendly technical documentation, signage, and instructions for labs and equipment. Assist with facility improvement projects, shows and installations, and special Making Center, program, school or Parsons-wide initiatives as needed. Adapt to changes in the work environment; adjust approach and prioritizes competing demands as necessary. Provide a high level of customer service, maintaining a positive and professional demeanor and attitude in all interactions with students, faculty, and staff.Â Cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment with productive and positive workplace relationships. Stay current with relevant technology and developments within the field. Attend regularly scheduled Making Center staff meetings.Â Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS A Bachelorâ™s Degree and/or 3 years of relevant or professional experience within the industry. Flexible schedule and the ability to work non-traditional schedules that may include nights and weekends, in addition to schedule shifts with semester changes. Completion of university-required staff trainings and necessary COF's for all Making Center Facilities within the first 6 months of employment. Become proficient in WebCheckout or current equipment management system within the first 2 months of employment. Knowledge of a variety of production and fabrication techniques; be familiar with practices related to current design and art practice - including: fabrication, methodology, and processes; experience and knowledge of working with a wide variety of materials. Technical knowledge of the following: Operation of a Heliodon and Diffuse Sky Simulator Lighting measurement devices and their operation and calibration Familiarity with industry-standardÂ lighting fixtures and components Familiarity with use and calibration of various energy metering devices and data loggers Fundamentals of wiring for lighting fixtures and related applications Knowledge of wood-based practices in all or some of the following areas: furniture making, sculpture, product prototyping, model making, and architectural or art installation. Comprehensive experience maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting equipment/tools. Ability to work safely with, and demonstrate proper use of, a wide array of hand tools, power tools, and machinery. Understanding of working in a cross-platform (Windows and macOS) environment. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, close attention to detail, and strong organizational and time management abilities. Strong ability to assist students working in an interdisciplinary and/or experimental manner from concept to fabrication. A desire to learn new skills and processes related to Parsons Making Center initiatives. Ability to handle objects weighing up to 25 lbs and on occasion may be expected to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbsÂ Ability to adhere to University COVID-19 Policy and requirements. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Familiarity with any of the following processes, materials or tools used in the Making Center is a plus: laser cutting, vacuum forming, plastics, and foams.Â Knowledge of WebCheckout or comparable equipment management systems. WORK MODE On-Campus Position - Employees in this position are expected to work on-campus during regularly scheduled work hours.Â SALARY $26.10 hourly We look forward to receiving your application!