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The New School Full-time Technician, Digital/Analog Fabrication in New York, New York

Responsibilities:

Parsons School for Design, a division of The New School, seeks a Full-time Technician in Digital Tools for the Making Center. Parsons Making Center is a collection of more than 70,000 sq.ft. of labs, shops, studios, and open work spaces that provide curricular support for making across a broad range of mediums and disciplines, and supports experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Technician should be a personable, proactive, detail oriented individual who will become integral to the daily workings of the facilities within the Making Center, with the ability to learn new skills and technologies as needed. This is a fast paced dynamic environment that runs year round. The Technician will interface with students and faculty daily and work with Making Center staff to support multiple processes and resources for all users in a range of making spaces including, but not limited to, the Laser Lab, 3D Printing Lab, CNC Machine Shops, Physical Computing areas, Wood and Metal Shops and open work areas. This is an administrative position, governed by a Local 1205 Teamsters union contract, that reports to the Associate Manager.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment and uphold a respectful shop culture for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Work with other Making Center staff on the troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, installation, continuous operation and support for a variety of hardware/software and technologies.

  • Assist supervisor and Making Center Leadership with the following:

  • Assist faculty and students.

  • Lead demo sessions about various pieces of equipment.

  • Make hardware/software purchase and process recommendations.

  • Create and update web page content.

  • Create and conduct orientations, training, and tours.

  • Participate in the onboarding process for new technician staff, through peer to peer training and skills sharing.

  • Maintain administrative systems for scheduling, record keeping, inventories, and metrics tracking.

  • Provide support for store and tool checkout functions as related to assigned areas

  • Oversee daily workings of the Making Center facilities as assigned.

  • Supervise student workers, including training, tracking accountability, and assigning tasks during shifts.

  • Oversee tool and equipment checkout for both in-shop/lab use and off-site special requests.

  • Create clear, accurate, user-friendly technical documentation, signage, and instructions for labs and equipment.

  • Assist with facility improvement projects, shows and installations, and special Making Center, program, school or Parsons-wide initiatives as needed.

  • Adapt to changes in the work environment; adjust approach and prioritizes competing demands as necessary.

  • Provide a high level of customer service, maintaining a positive and professional demeanor and attitude in all interactions with students, faculty, and staff.

  • Cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment with productive and positive workplace relationships.

  • Stay current with relevant technology and developments within the field.

  • Attend regularly scheduled Making Center staff meetings.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years relevant or professional experience within the industry.

  • Flexible schedule – ability to work non-traditional schedules that may include nights and weekends, in addition to schedule shifts with semester changes.

  • Completion of university required staff training and necessary COF’s for all Making Center Facilities within the first 6 months of employment.

  • Become proficient in Web Check Out or current equipment management system within the first 6 months of employment.

  • Experience with a variety of production and digital and analog fabrication techniques; be familiar with practices related to current design and art practice – including: fabrication, methodology and processes; experience and knowledge of working with a wide variety of materials.

  • Strong technical knowledge of additive and subtractive fabrication workflows including, but not limited to, setup, protocols, maintenance, and output.

  • Extensive experience working with wood-based practices in all or some of the following areas: furniture making, sculpture, product prototyping, cold bending and steam bending wood, architectural or art installation.

  • Robust knowledge of a variety of production and fabrication techniques; Be familiar with practices related to current design and art practice- including: fabrication, methodology and processes; experience and knowledge of working with a wide variety of materials.

  • Full comprehensive experience maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting equipment/tools as relevant to position.

  • Ability to work safely with, and demonstrate proper use of analog and digital fabrication tools including laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC routers/mills, wood and metalworking equipment and

  • Proficiency with CAD/CAM modeling/machining languages and 2D and 3D software such as Rhino, Solidworks, Maya, Fusion360, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Cloud and Google Drive.

  • Understanding of working in a cross-platform (Windows and macOS) environment. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, close attention to detail, and strong organizational and time management abilities.

  • Strong ability to assist students working in an interdisciplinary and/or experimental manner from concept to fabrication.

  • A desire to learn new skills and processes related to Parsons Making Center initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with any of the following: woodworking, metal working, furniture making, millworking, architectural or art installations, vacuum forming, ceramics, casting, finishes, plastics, foams, textiles and/or fabrics.

  • Knowledge of Webcheckout or comparable equipment management systems a plus.

  • Experience with large-scale hardware and software deployments a plus.

  • Experience with mesh repair, render tools and other advanced 3D modeling and finishing processes.

  • Experience designing for and operating analog machining equipment.

  • Understanding of and experience working with electronics, physical computing and technology design and their applications associated with the operation and maintenance of fabrication equipment and systems.

  • Experience with digital media hardware associated with 3D design for both on screen and physical application including 3D scanning, motion capture, VR/AR and other related input/output devices.

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