R&D Technician in a new shop at UC-Berkeley. While it says "Bachelors degree in related area preferred.” I’m not sure what that “related area” would be pertaining to running a prototyping shop, so I think a highly qualified person without a Bachelors would do just fine.

Mark Martin, PhD
Regional Director (DSN), Bay Area
Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development
California Community Colleges

(650) 248-7728

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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: April 10, 2015
Departmental Overview
Made possible by a $20-million commitment from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation, Berkeley Engineering launched the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the Clinton Global Initiative in June 2013. The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation expands the role of design in undergraduate engineering education at the University of California, Berkeley. As the Institute works to further its mission of educating leading innovators at the intersection of design and technology, it provides students with hands-on experiences and opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams to address real societal issues. Students are challenged to approach the entire cycle of design, from identifying user needs to rapid prototyping to commercialization and manufacturing, from an integrated vantage point.

The Jacobs Hall Technicians play a key role in achieving this mission, by providing professional design, prototyping and fabrication support to users of Jacobs Hall studios and equipment rooms. Technicians offer safety training, supervision, design and fabrication mentorship to students from across campus, working on a wide range of projects.
The Jacobs Hall Technicians provide professional design, prototyping and fabrication support in Jacobs Hall studios and equipment rooms. Under direct supervision from the Jacobs Hall Technical Lab lead, the technicians work as a close team to implement a safety training program, ensure safe and responsible usage of all Jacobs Hall equipment, maintaining equipment, and provide mentorship and design and fabrication advice to students. Jacobs Hall technicians play a key role in fostering a welcoming atmosphere of creativity, collaboration, and experimentation, and should be enthusiastic about engaging with students from a range of disciplines.

The basic safety orientation and training program, expected to reach 1000 students per semester, will focus on safety issues related to use of general hand tools and equipment. Technicians will also offer optional trainings specific to more advanced equipment rooms within Jacobs Hall. These trainings will include, in addition to safety considerations: proper use of tools and processes, contemporary CAD/CAM programs, and advice on functional design issues related to the prototyping and manufacture of products and devices. In the case of the most complex and high value equipment, the technician may need to operate the equipment for the students. Technicians will also provide technical, but not administrative, support for courses held in Jacobs Hall, such as preparing part kits, offering tutorials or trainings, and providing design and fabrication advice to students. The technical lab lead will manage workflow and agreements with faculty regarding this type of support, and technicians a
 re not responsible for providing any administrative academic support (grading, etc.).

The Technicians should have strong working knowledge of shop and general fabrication best practices, be able to maintain and repair lab machinery and equipment as necessary, and possess expertise in the operation of all standard instruments in the areas of traditional and digital fabrication, rapid prototyping, and electronics fabrication and testing. They will be expected to assist with maintaining part and material inventories and with safety records. They may perform office and laboratory maintenance including moving offices, labs, and equipment, as well as other duties as assigned.

Technician positions include both full-time and variable positions. Applicants should have a flexible schedule and be willing to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends.

50% Professional Supervision of Educational Fabrication Facility:

? Responsible for safe operation of Jacobs Hall studios & equipment rooms, including general supervision and a safety trainings.
? Provides technical mentorship, and design and fabrication advice to undergraduate and graduate students, for a range of projects.

30% Fabrication Facility Operation & Maintenance:

? Responsible for equipment maintenance and operation, including any necessary repairs or upgrades.
? Responsible for ordering and installing new equipment.
? Orders parts and supplies and assists with maintenance of part and material inventories.

10% Technical academic support:

*On a limited basis, may provide technical academic support for courses held in Jacobs Hall. This may include tasks such as preparing materials kits, or performing in-class or optional tutorials.

10% Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
? Ability to serve as a mentor to diverse student population, embodying both enthusiasm and professionalism.
? Knowledge in how to relate to students (novice engineers and designers) and impart the best practices within the facilitative design and fabrication of complex class and extra-curricular projects.
? Extensive knowledge of safe shop practices, and how to effectively instruct and enforce those safe practices.
? Ability to work in a collaborative manner and to communicate very well with Faculty, Staff, and Students of diverse backgrounds.
? Competency in the areas of traditional and digital fabrication, such as use of CAD/CAM software, CNC machine operation, 3D printer operation and maintenance, electronics fabrication and testing.
? Competency in the areas of industrial and product design, including sketching, 3D modeling, and prototyping.
? Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications
? Bachelors degree in related area preferred.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

? The salary range designated for this position: $58,700 ? $70,000; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

Technician positions include both full-time and variable positions. Applicants should have a flexible schedule and be willing to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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