Technical Specialist - Fabrication Studios (PT)

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Technical Specialist - Fabrication Studios (PT)


The Fabrication Studios Technical Specialist is expected to promote a safe, productive and accessible experience for students, faculty and other members of the CIA community using the Fabrication Studios woodshop, metal shop, plastics shop, machining shop, oil clay room, paint spray booth, and plaster/stone room. This will be achieved through his/her own efforts and through the organization of students, equipment and supplies. Additionally, the Technical Specialist is expected to assist the Director of Fabrication Studios in the attendance to the cleanliness/organization of the entire Fabrication Studios and provide support for student projects. The Fabrication Studios Technical Specialist reports to the Director of Fabrication Studios.

The Fabrication Studios Technical Specialist coordinates and works to facilitate faculty, students and their respective departments. This includes working with students to build their projects.

Fabrication Studios Technical Specialist Responsibilities:

Reinforce shop safety with all students, with an emphasis on safe operation of all equipment and tools; effective and appropriate craftsmanship; and cooperation in a shop environment.
Oversee and assist art students working on projects.
Conduct the system for check out of tools and equipment, and accountability for failure to follow procedures.
Preventative maintenance of shop equipment.
Maintain inventory of shop consumables such as MIG wire, foam, glue, nails, wood, etc. for student use which requires interaction with business office and necessary paperwork.
Assist in the training and supervision of work‐study students including development of schedule to assure maximum shop accessibility for students and faculty.
Monitor shop supplies and consumables inventory in conjunction with the Director of Fabrication Studios.
Work in coordination with the Fabrication Studios Staff on maintaining an orderly and clean studio.
General department support.
Provide general (non‐teaching) assistance to faculty.
Coordinate with all CIA Technical Specialists to ensure safety procedures are reinforced or supplemented.

Other Responsibilities:

Conducts technical workshops on mediums and grounds.
Assists faculty conducting demos – and purchase of supplies for these, sets up the work area, etc.
Supports and facilitates all faculty working in the Fabrication Studios.
Works with students one on one in solving technical problems and building.


The Fabrication Studios Technical Specialist will have acquired formal knowledge and skills through a four-year college degree that included applied fabrication shop experience in a design, art or craft-related discipline, or through applied fabrication shop experience of more than 5 years.
Maintenance of equipment as necessary and inventory of supplies.
Ability to work with materials used in the woodshop, metal shop, paint spray booth, oil clay room, and plaster/stone room of the Fabrication Studios.
Ability to work with people in a helpful and courteous manner including faculty, work-study students, and other members of the CIA community.
Strong communication skills including required use of CIA email and voicemail and use of notices to communicate with students.
Ability to organize and maintain accurate records, and work independently.
Reliability and dependability.

The position will be assigned to work 18-24 hours per week for 32 weeks per academic year. Position includes hourly wage rate. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Interested candidates should submit letter of interest summarizing qualifications, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references to

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.