Employment at ArtCenter

Model Shop

Wood Shop Instructor - part-time

All members of the ArtCenter (or College) community are Guardians of Mission. Every position in the College plays an important part in carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion and culture.

The Shop Instructor serves as an extension of the classroom education and guides the students through the facets of fabrication, craftsmanship and problem solving. This position will also teach and assist in operations outside of design.

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: Model Shop Manager

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary grade: 6

Job posted on 7/9/21. 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 “Shop Instructor part time” 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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  • Technical school training and a minimum of 3–5 years of experience in using model shop tools in woodworking, metal working, and fabrication
  • Wide knowledge of tools relating to woodworking, metalsmithing, CNC milling and rapid prototyping
  • Knowledge of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) compliance requirements including hazardous chemicals and hazardous waste management
  • Knowledge of safety procedures on the use and maintenance of equipment, tools and components
  • A good level of craftsmanship and prototype fabrication
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills necessary for customer service, including the patience and understanding required to work with students on a daily basis
  • Must be a team player
  • A self-starter with good multi-tasking skills; highly organized, able to work with minimal supervision
  • Must have good multi-tasking and problem-solving skills, and effective communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff with varying degrees of skills and backgrounds
  • Available to work weeknights and some weekends

Essential Functions

Shop Operations — 50%

  • Comply with policies, rules and regulations and reporting requirements relating to safety/heath, performance standards, operating procedures, processes, and training.
  • Effectively operate a variety of wood and metalworking machines in the shop
  • Operate a variety of office and shop equipment including computers, hand tools, etc., which involves some physical effort including walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, bending, squatting, frequent lifting/pushing/pulling
  • Help field questions from students on materials and procedures while guiding them safely on the use of all Model Shop tools
  • Process faculty material requests as well as cutting various materials to stock tool crib as needed
  • Operate staff-only equipment as needed (Planner’s, Panel Saw, Large Band Saw, Wide Belt Sander) to assist students and process work orders — this entails obtaining raw materials from the racks, setting up and operating the machine
  • Periodically check Model Shop satellite rooms and equipment

Shop Safety — 40%

  • Comply and ensure that safety and dress codes are carried out in accordance with shop policies, including wearing assigned PPE
  • Attend required training sessions on assigned PPE provided by the College
  • Provide shop safety demos to student classes on the machines needed to gain shop access
  • Maintain clean and safe Model Shop environment
  • Perform daily machine clean-up and maintenance

Non-essential — 10%

  • Help with the unloading and stocking of stock and raw materials in the Model Shop and from the loading dock
  • Other related duties, as may be 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.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a shop setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time using shop equipment including computers, viewing computer monitors, 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.

This is a part-time position. Normal shop hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Schedule will vary based on needs of the department.

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 (up to 50 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.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

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.