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Film Equipment Maintenance Technician

Emerson College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 17, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Film Equipment Maintenance Technician
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Emerson College seeks a Film Equipment Maintenance Technician to maintain the equipment supporting the College's vibrant analog film curriculum. Through direct, hands-on repairs, as well as service through third parties, the Film Equipment Maintenance Technician is responsible for the repair and maintenance of Emerson's analog film equipment (16mm cameras, Steenbeck flatbed editing tables, 35mm and medium format still cameras, 16mm projectors, etc.). Additionally, the Film Equipment Maintenance Technician performs and coordinates the repair of a variety of non-film based media production equipment.

The responsibilities of the Film Equipment Maintenance Technician are to support Emerson College's media production curriculum, specializing in analog film equipment, through ongoing successful daily technical maintenance and troubleshooting.

Your Manager: Manager, Broadcast Engineering

Your Direct Reports: None

Student Workers: 2

Key Partners: MTP Technical Operations (Engineering and Equipment Distribution Center), MTP Post Production, VMA analog film and photo faculty

Your Key Responsibilities:
  • Manage Film Camera Shop. Duties include: maintenance and repairs of Bolex Reflex cameras, Arri SR cameras, Steenbeck flatbed editors and their accessories, 35mm and medium format still cameras, as well as a range of film projectors; ordering and maintaining a stock of parts and supplies for supported equipment; and coordinating external maintenance and repairs.
  • Oversee all repairs by external vendors for film and photo operations equipment.
  • Perform repairs and coordinate external repair for all other equipment housed within the Equipment Distribution Center (digital cameras, lenses, tripods, lighting equipment, microphones, audio recorders, etc.)
  • Assist the Assistant Manager, Electronic Maintenance, with daily technical maintenance and troubleshooting of all Media Technologies and Production facilities, with a focus on the Equipment Distribution Center, but also including the Tufte PPC Television Facility, the Journalism Production Center, The Emerson Channel, Emerson Channel Sports, and the Paramount Sound Stage on an as needed basis.
  • Duties include frequent moving and lifting of heavy objects.

Your Other Responsibilities:
  • Update repair and service tickets for broken and repaired equipment.
  • Working with VMA faculty, EDC Management and the Director, MTP Technical Operations, assist in preparation and review of annual capital purchases related to film and photo equipment.
  • Research and recommend external vendors and contacts to acquire specialty and custom film items as well as perform maintenance and repairs.
  • Maintain local and cloud-based technical and administrative documentation.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Your Qualifications:
  • 2-5 years of experience operating or repairing analog motion picture equipment.
  • 2-5 years of experience maintaining and servicing media production equipment
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace
  • Service excellence orientation. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be responsible, detail-oriented and able to follow directions and improvise quick solutions.
  • Intermediate level troubleshooting skills and testing methodology.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.

You'll be preferred if you have:
  • Experience with Arri and Bolex repair.
  • Knowledge and understanding of film photo processing.
  • Proficient with electronics repair equipment such as soldering irons, DMM, analyzers and power tools.
  • Experience installing and integrating equipment into racks, wiring, labeling, documentation, and testing signal flow as designed.
  • Versed in CAD, schematics and signal flow charts.
  • Familiarity with professional color standards.
  • WebCheckout or similar equipment scheduling and ticketing software.
  • Affiliation with professional groups such as SMPTE, SBE, etc.

Work Environment:
  • Maintenance shop with lack of windows.
  • Use of chemicals common to electronic equipment maintenance and repair (epoxies, lubricants, solvents, soldering flux, etc.).
  • Ability to lift and move objects that are 50 lb. or less.

Grade of Position: A15N

Scheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25

Hiring Range: $52,200.17 - $54,700.06

This position will be exclusively represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 888 for purposes of wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
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About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email:

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In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

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