Employment at ArtCenter

Educational Media Equipment Center

Equipment Technician, swing shift

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. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion and culture.

The Educational Media Equipment Technician is responsible for administrative and technical work involved in the receiving, inspecting and issuing of film, video, photo, lighting and AV equipment, materials and supplies. Work includes circulating Educational Media equipment through WebCheckout, thorough testing of all equipment, cycle counting and inventories, training of less experienced employees and student workers for WebCheckout. This position may be assigned to the South Campus location.  

This position is for the swing shift: 2:15pm – 10:15pm, Monday through Friday.

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: Equipment Center Supervisor

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary grade: 6

Job posted 6/23/21. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Equipment Tech Hillside” 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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  • 1–3 years of experience in a film/photo production equipment rental environment
  • Knowledge of inventory control and familiarity with film, video, photography, lighting and AV equipment
  • Ability to quickly grasp computer-based circulation system utilizing barcodes and scanners
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills necessary for customer service, technical support and vendor contact
  • Ability to apply appropriate judgment when reviewing student late fines and holds
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and complete assigned tasks on time
  • Ability to handle a variety of complex problems and devise solutions
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Mac OS X)
  • In depth knowledge and experience of all media equipment as necessary
  • Working knowledge of, but not limited to, the following professional production equipment:
  1. Camera Systems: Arri, RED, Sony, Panasonic, Black Magic, Canon EOS DSLR, Nikon, 35mm still cameras, medium format film and digital, large format film cameras
  2. Audio Equipment: Recorders, Microphones, Cables, Adaptors, and Accessories
  3. Grip equipment: camera dollies, lighting control, power distribution
  4. Lighting equipment: Incandescent, fluorescent, HMI, and LED lights in various sizes and power levels
  5. Audio Visual: Computers, Microphones, Loudspeakers, Data/Video Projectors, Computer/Video Monitors, various cables and adaptors
  • Valid California driver license, and proof of insurance required as technicians are scheduled to deliver/pick-up equipment to/from repair vendors
  • Proof of covid-19 vaccination
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • College degree from an accredited college or university
  • Working knowledge of WebCheckout
  • Prior customer service experience
  • Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification

Essential Functions

Customer Service — 40%

  • Provide excellent customer service to students, faculty and staff
  • Ensure equipment is issued only to those properly authorized
  • Assist patrons on proper use of equipment
  • Regularly read and respond to emails from Manager, staff, and patrons
  • Train new staff and student workers regarding departmental circulation usage and policies
  • Understand all departmental equipment circulation policies, authorizations, and restrictions

Equipment — 40%

  • Ensure all equipment leaving the E.M.E.C. is accounted for within WebCheckout
  • Inspect, test, identify and document issues from all returned equipment including loss or damage
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of equipment
  • Properly restock returned equipment
  • Follow written procedures of induction of new equipment into the database
  • Participate in cycle counts
  • Minor troubleshooting and repairs
  • Classroom equipment delivery and pickup
  • Maintain a clean and orderly workspace
  • Ensure the daily checklist is completed including, but not limited to:
  • Reviewing scheduled classroom equipment deliveries/pickup
  • Reviewing equipment late list

Non-Essential Duties — 20%

  • Provide Audio Visual and Classroom support as needed
  • Occasional driving, deliveries, and pick-up using ACCD vehicles
  • Identify and recommend potential improvements to workflow and operations
  • Delegate student workers duties
  • 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 DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant 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.

This is a full-time position, for the swing shift of 2:15pm – 10:15pm, Monday through Friday. The position may require flexibility to work a staggered, remote or alternate schedule to meet the demands of the work, which could include weekends or evenings.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a shop and office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time using shop equipment including but not limited to computers, audio and sound equipment; 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 a 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 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: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas 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.