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Fabrication Lab Manager

Date: September 1, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Administrative Officer
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Workshop Technician
Location: School of Architecture, Cambridge


37.5 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

This position is responsible for managing and directing the operations of the Design Fabrication Labs located at the School of Architecture. The Design Fabrication Labs (DFL) provides the facilities and technical services to support teaching, research and academic exploration of materials, design and fabrication for the students, faculty and staff of the School of Architecture.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Administrative


2.  Budgeting and Financial Management


3.  Advisory & Consultative


4.  Teaching & Instruction


5.  Maintenance & Safety


6.  Design & Technical

Position Requirements


Post-secondary degree/diploma in art, architecture, or design preferred with significant experience in the field of design, fabrication and/or manufacturing. Ongoing professional development is required to maintain competency.



MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate Rhino 3D, RhinoCAM,VisualCAM, AutoCAD, Catalyst EX

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with the students, faculty and staff.


Externally, this position will have contacts relevant to accomplishing Fabrication Lab objectives:

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible and accountable for the day-to-day management of a state of the art fabrication facility.

The incumbent works with minimal supervision and has direct reports.

Decision-Making Authority:

While the incumbent reports to the AO, most of his/her work will be self-directed in response to the needs of the DFL and its role as a resource for its clientele.

The position is responsible and accountable for the operation, supervision and support of the Design Fabrication Labs.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

The Workshop Technician can expect to be physically active handling heavy materials and equipment and must be able to routinely lift approximately 50 lbs. Work stress can be significant considering constant need to monitor large numbers of students during potentially hazardous situations. Occasional interaction with students who may be upset may occur.

Working Environment:

Working conditions are similar to that of a typical workshop, moderately physical work performed while standing and walking about on wood and concrete floors. Exposure to machine noise, dust and debris is not uncommon. Risks include cuts, abrasions and exposure to air borne irritants (dust, fumes, etc.)

Typical working hours may vary from time to time depending on the demand for the facilities and the need for supervised access during peak periods.