The mission of the College of Human Ecology is to improve lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social, and built environments. Faculty, students, and staff explore the human dimensions of social and natural sciences, design, nutrition and health, public policy, society, family, community, and other realms-all in pursuit of knowledge to make the world a better place. Using Cornell's far-reaching extension network and the college's translational research methods, we deliver our findings directly to communities and families, ensuring that our work reaches those who need it most.
The College of Human Ecology has an immediate opening for a full-time technical services supervisor in the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio (D2FS). As member of our Technical Support team, you will cultivate a climate of academic exploration, creativity, and innovation within the context of safe, well organized, clean, and well maintained maker spaces. Experimentation with materials, prototyping and testing, physical mock-ups and the exploration of new fabrication processes are integral to the design culture of the College. Graduate and undergraduate students employ the Studio in support of coursework and independent project. Faculty and researchers employ the Studio to develop prototypes and custom components for research equipment. In support of these pursuits the D2FS facilities feature traditional and digital equipment, ranging from CNC routers and milling machines, 3D printers, and laser cutter, to a well-equipped 'traditional' wood-and-metal-working shop. The shop is structured as an open environment for material-based learning and research, using a wide range of materials from foam and wood, metal and plastics to composites and smart materials. Specific responsibilities of this position include:
Coordinating and performing daily operations of the studio facilities including a wood shop, metal shop, laser cutter, and 3D printer.
Evaluating tools and materials inventory, equipment, and vendors.
Providing and documenting regular routine and preventive maintenance on all tools and equipment and make recommendations for equipment additions and replacements.
Providing oversight and consultation to students and faculty on the tool/equipment set-up and use. Demonstrating and training on safe and proper tool/equipment and material selection, operating process, and methodology to achieve design intent.
Providing technical instruction to students on the use of design tools and programs in coordination with course requirements and learning outcomes as determined by the professorial faculty.
Consulting with student and faculty on CAD and 3D drawings to ensure proper set up as production ready files.
The work requires the demonstrated ability to:
Work effectively with experienced design faculty, technical researchers, and students of varying levels of knowledge, skill, and experience with tools and equipment.
Interact with the College community (students, faculty, staff) with a consistently service-oriented attitude.
Provide prompt user feedback in a clear, tactful manner.
Employ independent judgment to coordinate activities in support of shared use across multiple departments.
Interact with people at various levels of authority with confidence and effectiveness.
Represent the academic support functions of the college in a professional manner.
Bachelor's degree, more than two, but less than four years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Familiarity with 2D and 3D design software (CADD, SketchUp, Rhino, SolidWorks, StudioMax, Aspire, PartWorks)
Ability to perform with a high degree of concentration, requiring acute hand/eye coordination, and to lift 20 pounds, occasionally more with assistance
Please note that this is a full-time, 10month position with possibility for part-time summer hours. Regular schedule is Monday – Thursday 11am-6:00pm, Friday 11am-3:30pm from August – May.
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