Employment at ArtCenter

Model Shop

Wood Shop Supervisor

Under the direction of the model shop manager, the shop supervisor is responsible for managing the shop instructors and tool crib staff, organizing shop demos/training, maintaining a safe work environment for students, faculty and staff, ensuring that safety and dress codes are met in accordance with established ArtCenter Shop policies; keeping the shop inventory stocked, and ordering items when needed.  This position will oversee the south campus shop.

Reports to: Model Shop Manager

FLSA status: non-exempt

Salary grade: 7

Job posted 10/25/19. 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 Supervisor” 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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  • Minimum 3 – 5 years of previous supervisory experience 
  • Proficient with power tools, table saws, and other wood and metal shop equipment and machines
  • Experience working with various metals and metalworking tools including MIG, TIG, Oxy Acetylene, Plasma Cutting, heat and cold bending, etc. Able to give extensive safety demonstrations of metal working tools and processes
  • Ability to function and perform effectively as a supervisor to address employee issues with constructive feedback and coaching
  • Experience with customer service and conflict resolution
  • Knowledge of safety procedures on the use and maintenance of equipment, tools and components
  • Must be a self-starter, and able to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to maintain a pleasant disposition and the ability to remain calm under pressure while working with staff, students, and faculty
  • Available to work overtime, weeknights and weekends to cover shifts as needed
  • Ability to restock inventory items and order supplies as needed
  • Ability to use computers and cash register
  • Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff with varying degrees of skills and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Prior experience in higher education

Essential Functions

Shop Operations — 75%

  • Under minimal supervision, provide daily guidance and day-to-day directions and assistance to Model Shop and Tool Crib staff, including but not limited to hiring, orientation, training and supervision of department staff; assisting with the performance evaluation process; ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; applying performance management for improved performance
  • Receive and track faculty, student and employee issues and resolve problems
  • Stay current on all safety and shop practices and procedures
  • Attend all assigned EHS training and ensure staff attends assigned EHS training
  • Responsible for hazardous waste management including attending state required training, hazardous waste storage area, signing of hazardous waste manifests and scheduling hazardous waste pick-ups
  • Delegate and assign tasks to shop instructors and student workers
  • Ensure purchase orders for all shop supplies in both resale and expendables are in order
  • Field questions from students on materials and procedures while guiding them safely on the use of all Model Shop tools and equipment
  • Provide customer service and retail point-of sale transactions
  • Contact equipment manufacturers to resupply the consumable materials for the machines in use; arrange purchase orders for materials supplied by other vendors
  • Scheduling of employees for shifts and ensuring shop coverage
  • Ensure that work orders are carried out and completed, per instructor or student requests
  • Manage and restock inventory items for point-of-sale and the shop material usage
  • Ensure that the shop is well stocked and operating at a level meeting expectations of students and instructors
  • Apply names and numbers to tools and enter them in web checkout system

Shop Safety — 20%

  • Maintain a safe work environment throughout the department
  • Hazardous waste management and inspections
  • Comply with and ensure that safety and dress codes are carried out in accordance with shop policies, including wearing assigned PPE and ensure staff compliance
  • Attend required training sessions on assigned PPE provided by the College
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment inside rooms and labs
  • Monitor and maintain shop tools in accordance to safety and maintenance standards

Non-Essential — 5%

  • Other related duties, as may be assigned
  • May assist other labs as needed

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 with the normal schedule of Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm with the possibility of nights and weekends as needed.

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.


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.