Shop Superintendent

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Aug 28, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is seeking a Shop Superintendent to instruct and supervise faculty and students in the use of the Instructional/Fabrication Facility, demonstrate use of equipment, materials, and processes, provide technical advice for full scale constructions including safe methods for fabrication processes techniques. The successful candidate is expected to possess knowledge and skills in wood, plastic, and metal fabrication both in model scale and full-scale construction.

Essential Duties

Instructs and supervises faculty and students in the use of the Instructional/Fabrication Facility.  Certifies individuals for use of the facility.

Demonstrates use of equipment, materials and processes.

Provides support for curricular and research projects. Coordinates construction of prototypes and full scale working models of projects.

Provides technical advice for full scale construction including safe methods for fabrication processes techniques.

Demonstrates formidable knowledge and skills in wood, plastic, and metal fabrication (both in model scale and full-scale construction):

  • Instructs in processes of vacuum forming, welding (incl. MIG, ARC, and Oxy-acetylene), plasma cutting, and machining, processes, (vertical mill, metal and wood lathe)
  • Instructs and coordinates use and programming of Computer Numeric Control cutting processes (CNC router, water jet, and mill)
  • Coordinates and is able to perform routine preventive/corrective maintenance of shop tools and equipment
  • Demonstrates organizational skills required to manage semester curriculum throughout the School.
  • Maintains inventory of tools and supplies which includes preparation of necessary reports and records; prepares requests for additional equipment or supplies for inclusion in budget preparation.
  • Collaborates with digital systems support to dialogue between computer generated designs to hard model techniques and construction techniques.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Business Administration, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Structural Engineering, Construction Management, Management or related field AND five years construction or maintenance experience which includes one year supervisory experience; OR, Nine years construction/maintenance experience which includes one year supervisory experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

    Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in woodworking.
  • Experience in construction, especially with design/build projects.
  • Experience in welding and metal fabrication.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of digital fabrication to operate waterjet and CNC machinery and prototyping equipment.
  • Experience in training students in safety procedures and shop use.
  • Experience to work with hand, electric, and pneumatic power tools.
  • Experience Ability to maintain supplies by ordering and/or picking up items as needed.
  • Experience in organizing and setting work load priorities for efficient use of students and faculty time.
  • Experience in multitasking several projects and maintain deadlines.
  • Experience in handling stressful situations in a professional manner and to complete work on time.
  • Experience in adapting to heavier workloads with the flux of semester projects.
  • Experience in monitoring equipment for necessary maintenance. including being able to complete minor repairs like blade changes, belts and disks replacements, and updating of equipment).
  • Experience in utilizing university and department procedures for recommending and requesting equipment maintenance (repair and replacement) and/or updating equipment information database.
  • Experience in adapting to new policies and procedures mandated by the School and University.
  • Experience in monitoring material supply and recommend material acquisition to School administration.
  • Experience in learning new technologies and integrate them into the facility.
  • Experience to maintaining a standard first aid card, C.P.R. certification, and first aid kit including required supplies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of facility safety procedures.
  • Evidence of using interpersonal skills for effective communication and working relationships with a diverse group of students and faculty.
  • Working Environment

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer, traditional shop tools, and technology-based machines. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, push, pull and lift a minimum of 30 pounds. The employee is required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and loud noise levels. 

  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals. 
  • Regular use of traditional Shop Machines including but not limited to: table saw, vertical bandsaw, scroll saw, drill press, metal and wood lathe, planar, joiner, disk and oscillating sanders, vertical mill, horizontal bandsaw, panel saw, miter saw, metal step shear, metal rolling machine.
  • Regular use of electric hand tools including but not limited to: orbital sander, jigsaw, belt sander, disk grinder, router, biscuit machine, metal nibbler, and a variety of pneumatic tools
  • Regular use of technology-based machines including but not limited to:  5x5 Multicam Waterjet, 4x8 Multicam CNC Router, HAAS VF 1YT CNC Mill. Knowledge of programming and post-processing software, and CAD/CAM, a plus.
  • Department Statement

    The Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering School; New American Film School; Music, Dance and Theatre School; The Design School; and the ASU Art Museum. With 130 degree and certificate options, and programs ranked top 20 in art, design, music, theatre, digital culture, film, dance and more, plus a top university art museum, a leading immersive media facility, and national and international partnerships, the Herberger Institute is a powerhouse of art, culture and design. 

    The vision of the Herberger Institute is to advance the New American University by embedding designers, artists and arts-based inquiry at its core and throughout the communities it serves locally, nationally and internationally. With over 5,399 students, over 500 faculty members, and 130 program options, the Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school.

    As part of Arizona State University, the most innovative university in the nation, the Herberger Institute seeks to drive and scale new ways for arts and design to have impact in our world. We invite you to join our work.


  • Creativity as a core 21st-century competency
  • Design and the arts as critical resources for transforming our society
  • Innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration and research
  • Social embeddedness
  • Projecting all voices
  • Excellence

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    Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 90,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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    Instructions to Apply

    Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

    Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

    Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

    ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

    Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.