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Laboratory Assistant (Multiple Positions and Part Time)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Laboratory Assistant (Multiple Positions and Part Time)
Department School of Architecture (1004)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

These position(s) oversee operations in all materials laboratories (wood, metal, machine, glass, rapid prototyping, ceramics, synthetics, and concrete) in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). The successful candidates will also support the pedagogical objectives of the college’s laboratory-based curriculum.

CAPLA curricula is highly integrated across the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, and planning, and delivered within a small, caring, and diverse community strongly connected to practice. Our faculty engage students not only in conceptual design but also the fabrication and construction of tomorrow’s buildings and landscapes. We work at all scales, from the parametric design of a single ceramic block to the planning of the 350 mile regional Sun Corridor. We pride ourselves on our sense of community where students have every opportunity to interact closely with our faculty and staff. CAPLA is a special place where one is not lost in a crowd.

Multiple positions may be filled from this job posting.

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Duties & Responsibilities

Lab Safety:

  • Administers student safety orientations and lab equipment training (e.g., welding demos, table-saw operation, laser cutter, etc.).
  • Enforces lab safety policies.
  • Stocks and maintains inventory of provided safety equipment/first aid.
  • Follows established procedures to maintain safety in the shop.

Lab Assistance:

  • Supervises operation of specialized equipment for students and faculty (e.g., CNC router).
  • Assists students in problem-solving and fabrication issues.
  • Coordinates the activities of student workers.
  • Assists laboratory manager in performing various shop activities.
  • Operates shop equipment such as Band saws, table saws, shear, welding, etc.; makes minor repairs and makes arrangements for major repairs to be performed.
  • Organizes supplies, materials or equipment and sets-up equipment for use.
  • Keeps shop area clean.
  • Inventories and requisitions supplies for assigned area; checks in shipments and restocks shelves.
  • Performs clerical tasks such as filing, typing, labeling and billing; inventories and requisitions supplies and materials.
  • Assists in training attendants or students working in the shop.

Lab Maintenance and Improvement:

  • Cleans equipment and ensures it is in good working order; performs preventive maintenance.
  • Performs electronic and mechanical repairs and calibrations on equipment or contacts appropriate party to perform repairs.

Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Knowledge and skill in the principles and practices of wood and metal fabrication and machining.
  • Knowledge of 3D software, Rhino, AutoCAD, etc.
  • Knowledge of computerized or automated (CNC) systems.
  • Knowledge of rapid prototyping and emerging technologies.
  • Skill in supervising and coordinating the work of others.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other interdepartmental laboratory facilities on campus.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Three years of related laboratory or field research experience; OR,any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Job Category Trades and Maintenance
Benefits Eligible No
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $9.49 - 14.16 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S21105
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date 02/29/2016
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Allison Ketterling

Open Date 02/15/2016
Review Start Date 02/22/2016
Close Date 03/30/2016
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have three years of related laboratory or field research experience; OR,any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents