Senior Laboratory Technician, Art
South Orange County Community College District
Senior Laboratory Technician, Art
Job Close Date: 03/26/2019
Pay Range: 130, Step 1 is $4,998.00 per month
The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).
PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at https://jobs.socccd.edu
Under direction from the Dean of Fine Arts or designee, such as the Department Chair, performs complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area; exercises judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials within the assigned area; provides a high level of academic assistance to all art department instructors.
Positions in the Senior Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees assume greater responsibility for more technical aspects of learning program, perform at a skill level with a considerable degree of independence, and operate complex apparatus, equipment and machines. In addition, the Senior Lab Technician must possess extensive technical abilities and experience in the assigned field, set up complex labs, monitor assigned budgets, order and inventory laboratory supplies and materials and provide significant academic assistance to assigned instructors. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating policies and procedures of the work unit.
Operational characteristics of machinery, tools, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject areas (e.g. sculpture, 3D, ceramics, and jewelry).
Advanced principles and practices of laboratory operations.
Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Basic principles and practices of budget preparation.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Carpentry Techniques and Woodworking Equipment
1. Table saw, band saw, circular saw, hack saw, jig saw
2. Belt sander, disc sander, spindle sander
3. Drill press and bits (including high speed, spade, forstner, brad point, hole saw, masonry, diamond, carbide)
4. Planers, lathe, routers
5. Carving chisels and sharpening
Jewelry Making Practices
1. Fabrication: soldering, cutting, bending, drilling, forging
2. Mold making and casting used in the creation of silver, gold, bronze and brass jewelry.
3. Lost wax casting as related to jewelry including use of centrifuge, vacuum casters, and gravity casting.
4. Advance technical knowledge of precious and semi-precious stones.
5. Processes in metal forming, raising, sinking, bending, forging of sheets, wires and bars.
6. Metal finishing techniques and equipment (including polishing, sanding, tumbling, vibrating, and bead blasting).
7. Understanding stone cutting and stone setting.
1. Preparation of metals
2. Preparation of foundry cleanup and waxes
4. Heating and melting of metals
5. Knowledge of mold making, including ceramic shell investment bolds
6. Mixing of all investment materials- plaster and ceramic shell
7. Burnout-firing schedules for plaster and ceramic shell investments
Welding/Brazing (on ferrous and nonferrous metals)
1. Gas, MIG
2. Electric Arc, TIG
3. Brazing and soldering
1. Knowledge of ceramic materials and techniques involved with handbuilding, wheel throwing, press molding and ship casting.
Perform complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for highly technical or complex subject areas, to include: 3D/sculpture, jewelry making, woodworking and metal casting.
Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerable degree of independence.
Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.
Monitor students to ensure student are adhering to safety policies and procedures.
Provide assistance to instructors in the development of relevant materials.
Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.
Understand and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Participate in safety evaluations and ensure adherence to safe work practices.
Participate in budget preparation and administration.
Maintain an adequate inventory of material for instructional programs.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, administrators, Classified staff and vendors.
Order supplies and materials.
Handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work under deadlines and keep students a priority.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions from faculty.
Operate a fork-lift.
Prepare, mix and dispose of materials used in the art laboratories.
Build cabinets, jigs/tables, etc.