Employment at ArtCenter

Model Shop

3D Lab Technician

ArtCenter’s 3D Labs feature the latest in Rapid Prototyping Technologies including various types of 3D Printers, and desk top CNC Mills. This is a very extensive, forward thinking lab, and 3D lab staff must be willing to learn and grow as this departments technologies advance.

Lab Technicians function as both instructor and technician to assist students in acquiring the skill to utilize these technologies. Must be able to demonstrate proper use of the labs equipment which includes: 3D Printers, Laser Cutting Machines Digital Scanners and Desk Top CNC Milling Machines.

Full-time (35 hours per week) and part-time (up to 20 hours per week) positions are open. (Part-time hours are subject to change during term breaks.)

Beginning fall term 2021, the College will require all persons who want to access the physical campus in person to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  We will also continue to require face coverings, physical distancing, hygiene and sanitation measures as an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Reports to: 3D Lab Supervisor

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary grade: 6; range $22 - $27 per hour

Job posted 8/25/21. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send resume with cover letter and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “3D Lab Tech” in the subject line.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.

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  • Customer service-focused individual with excellent communication skills, including the patience and understanding required to deal with students on a daily basis
  • AS Degree or two years of completed coursework in industrial design, engineering or related technical field or equivalent work experience
  • Experience with some CAD/CAM programs, such as: Adobe Illustrator, Solidworks, Rhino, Mastercam, or other 3D software
  • Understanding and working knowledge of 3D Printing Model Making, Rapid Prototyping, and Desk Top CNC Milling
  • 3D file conversion across various software
  • Experience in software installation, configuration, troubleshooting and problem-solving (Windows operating systems)
  • General understanding of design and manufacturing
  • A self-starter with good multi-tasking skills; highly organized, able to work with minimal supervision
  • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability to follow directions Must be able to load material into machines, and assist students with moving their materials
  • Available to work weeknights and some weekends

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of hand and power tool
  • Prior experience in Higher Education

Essential Functions

Customer Service — 60%
  • Consult with faculty and students to assist them with projects specific to the 3D Lab
  • Answer questions from students and faculty regarding projects
  • Prepare material to be used on projects and Program CNC machine processes.
  • Operate CNC machines
  • Responsible for following directions from Manager
  • Must fulfill job duties by interacting in a positive and constructive manner with, students and staff

Equipment — 35%
  • Perform daily machine clean-up and maintenance
  • Lab techs must maintain hardware and software
  • Comply with policies, rules and regulations and reporting requirements relating to safety/health, performance standards, operating procedures, processes, and training

Non-Essential — 5%
  • Serve on college-wide committees
  • Other duties as assigned

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The full-time position has a normal schedule of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the possibility of nights and weekends as needed. The part-time position will have hours within this schedule. The position is to be performed on-site as a condition of employment.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a shop setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time using shop equipment including computers, hand tools, saws, power tools etc.; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is exposure to loud noises, chemicals, fumes, dust and heat.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an shop setting; to stand or walk for prolonged periods of time; including, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, squatting, and twisting; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy  amounts of weight (50 pounds, or team-lift up to 100 pounds); to operate office and shop equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions. Must be able to work nights and weekend as needed.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as setting up equipment, viewing a computer terminal and other normal technician work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal business communication or exchange ideas with or without correction

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.