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Studio Technician, PDX Fabrication Lab

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 8, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
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Full Time

Studio Technician, PDX Fabrication Lab

Job no: 530318

Work type: Classified Staff

Location: Portland, OR

Categories: Architecture/Art/Design, Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades, Operations/Infrastructure, Other, Student Life/Services

Department: College of Design, Portland
Classification: Education Program Assistant 2
Appointment Type and Duration: Academic Year (Classified), Ongoing
Salary: $18.92 - $28.59 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins

October 26, 2022 (updated); position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please complete an online application including all relevant work history. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Department Summary

The College of Design (DSGN) is a multidisciplinary academic unit with approximately 100 tenure-related faculty members, 150 non-tenure-related faculty members, 50 staff, and 1,700 student majors in 9 departments and programs (23 degree programs). DSGN has a general fund allocation of $26 million with operations in both Eugene and Portland.

Position Summary

The Studio Technician serves as the primary officer in charge of support operations in the fabrication lab (fab lab) used by the students and faculty at UO Portland. They are responsible for ensuring that area-related needs, workshops, and labs are met in a manner that allows them to operate professionally, efficiently, and within their budgetary means.

The Studio Technician receives guidance and direction from the College of Design Facilities Services team and the UO Risk Management office in providing direct support of the fab lab, deploying appropriate resources to effectively accomplish objectives, and maintaining a clean, safe, and orderly facility with equipment in good working condition. Sound environmental practices and regular recycling, as applicable, are essential. The Studio Technician is responsible for identifying potential conflicts and issues related to the support of the lab space and workshops before problems arise, and makes recommendations to the appropriate constituents on how to deal with any identified issues.

The Studio Technician operates with a high degree of independence within the scope of assigned work, with duties such as:
  • Perform service as needed on tools and equipment to ensure safety and reliable performance for all users; clean, adjust, and make minor repairs to equipment, and all other studio-related equipment.
  • Coordinate maintenance of equipment and arranging of safety inspections.
  • Provide appropriate support for students and faculty members in the implementation of studio and classroom-related policies, procedures, and goals.
  • Teach workshops and provide media-specific demonstrations as needed during the academic year.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students on technical proficiencies; may supervise student staff.
  • Maintain regular office hours in support of the technical/instructional programs.
  • Provide safety instruction to users of studio areas and equipment. Assess and develop training needs to support all students and faculty using the shared studio facilities.

    Minimum Requirements

  • Associate's Degree and three years of work experience (paid or volunteer) supporting community programs that serve children, youth or adults; OR
  • Bachelor's Degree and one year of work experience (paid or volunteer) one year of which must be working in youth development programs, adult education, teaching, program delivery or related functions; OR
  • Five years experience in a field related to the duties of the position AND a high school diploma or equivalent.


  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skill to work with diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated skill to use computers for word processing, data management, and communications.

    Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to manage tasks where successful collaboration and coordination with other supervisors is essential; ability to engage in collaborative decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate multiple work requirements and prioritize accomplishment in accordance with life, health, safety, customer, and academic mission impacts.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage several requirements or projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to interpret/review budgets, prepare reports, and understand policies and safety information.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience working in higher education or a similarly complex institution.

    FLSA Exempt: No

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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