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Workshop Coordinator

Department: Mapping, Analysis & Design Effective Date: August 1, 2012


35 hr/wk

Reports to: Client Services Manager

General Accountability

The coordinator is accountable for providing a safe and accessible teaching environment for courses and student projects and for coordinating, with course instructors, in the design and delivery of course components that require using the faculty’s workshop. Further, the coordinator is required to work with instructors and the Mapping, Analysis & Design (MAD) Group in evolving the facility to incorporate newer/emerging technologies and techniques for the workshop, as appropriate for the faculty’s pedagogical requirements.

Nature and Scope

The workshop is a facility where design, fabrication, assembly and finishing of projects is carried out using appropriate machinery and (power) tools in a safe and supervised space. Working with course instructors, the coordinator will help students to realize their design goals and direct them to resources both inside and outside the university. The coordinator works with Faculty and instructors in the Faculty of Environment. The coordinator reports to the Client Services Manager in Mapping, Analysis & Design for annual budgeting, to receive instruction and feedback on duties and to report problems or opportunities.


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Other positions which report directly to the Client Services Manager:

Statistical Data

MAD is the primary unit in the Faculty of Environment for support of computing, multimedia and research in five academic departments and administrative units.  

Specific Accountabilities

Working Conditions

Working conditions are similar to typical woodworking shop, standing and walking about on a concrete floor, exposure to machine noise.

The majority of time will be spent supervising and assisting students in their fabrication projects. The Workshop Technician can occasionally expect to handle heavy materials and equipment. Working outside of normal hours may be required to accommodate student deadlines.

Risks – physical and psychological:

Physical –cuts, abrasions etc.

Psychological – work stress can be significant considering constant need to monitor large number of students regarding safety concerns while assisting with projects.