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Technical Assistant

Open Date 10/04/2021
Requisition Number PRN27828B
Job Title Technical Assistant
Working Title Technical Assistant
Job Grade B
FLSA Code Nonexempt
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 15
Full Time or Part Time? Part Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary

15 hours per week total with 8 hours Fridays from 9-5pm or 10-6pm, and 6 hours on the weekend between 9-6pm, Specific hours on the weekends will be negotiated with the candidate but scheduled between 9-6pm.

VP Area President
Department 00074 - Art/Art History Department
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 9.62 to 17.31
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Assists both undergraduate and graduate students outside of the classroom in the wood shop, welding shop, metal casting shop, plaster room, small metals room and laser cutter individually as well as in small groups.

In addition, this shop technician would assist other faculty, both full and part time, in learning the skills needed to work with the tools, machinery and equipment in these labs. This would include short technical training workshops for adjunct faculty as needed.


Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provides technical support for the department’s teaching laboratory activities including technical advice and guidance to students on equipment usage, maintenance, and safety. Work hours 15 hours per week total with 8 hours Fridays from 9-5pm or 10-6pm, and 6 hours on the weekend between 9-6pm, Specific hours on the weekends will be negotiated with the candidate but scheduled between 9-6pm.

2. Provides support for teaching lab facilities and ensures safety procedures are adhered to.

3. Monitors the functioning and maintenance of departmental equipment, facilities, and shop systems.

4. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

5. Secures hazardous areas at end of shift.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

· Knowledge of operating and maintenance principles, procedures, and tolerances in traditional and non-traditional methods of metal and wood fabrication techniques. Along with this specialized, traditional fabrication skill set, the ideal candidate will possess knowledge of digital processes and equipment to expand the use of the Laser Cutter in the department as well as possible future acquisitions such as a CNC (computer numerical control) router and a CNC Water Jet Plasma Cutter.

· Knowledge of safety procedures applicable to shop activities.

· Ability to install and calibrate specified machinery and/or technical equipment.

· Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.

Conditions of Employment

· Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

· Considerable physical activity. Work environment involves some heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds.

· Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

· Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of Utah provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum Job Requirements

High school diploma or GED and at least 1 year of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Completed degree(s) or technical training that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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