1+ months

Makerspace Technical Assistant (Temporary)

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

Makerspace Technical Assistant (Temporary)

Req #: 171219
Department: The Global Innovation Exchange
Appointing Department Web Address: http://www.gixnetwork.org
Job Location: Other Location
Job Location Detail: Ballmer Building Makerspace & Shops--Bellevue 
Posting Date: 10/03/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $25.00/hour 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Alternate Work Shift 
Notes: This is a RE-POSTING. Candidates who recently applied do not need to re-apply and are still in consideration.  

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Global Innovation Exchange is a collaboration between universities and industry partners from around the world focused on developing leaders in innovation.  Located in a new 100,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Bellevues growing Spring District, is just 10 miles from the UW campus and was specifically designed to support the Masters of Science in Technology Innovation program. The GIX building, named in honor of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, features design studios, an incubation space, electronics prototyping labs, presentation spaces and one of the largest and most comprehensively equipped makerspaces in the region.

GIX has a unique opportunity for a qualified Temporary, Part-Time (50% FTE) Makerspace Technical Assistant at the Ballmer Building Makerspace & Shops, a facility focused on conventional and advanced fabrication and prototyping. The Makerspace supports graduate students in the GIX MSTI program (www.gixnetwork.org), as well as users from GIX consortium member organizations, and the broader UW community.


This position requires strong technical skills and familiarity with the setup, operation, and maintenance of conventional and advanced prototyping equipment, mechanical systems, and computer interfaces. The type of equipment in the Makerspace is constantly changing and the successful candidate will feel comfortable orienting themselves to, diagnosing, and troubleshooting new and unfamiliar systems.

In addition to technical skills the Makerspace Technical Assistant must have strong interpersonal skills including both written and verbal communication, the ability to work well with people with diverse backgrounds and abilities, and the ability to work well independently and on small teams.

The Makerspace Technical Assistant reports to the Director of Instructional Fabrication.

Safety & Supervision

Monitor students, faculty, and external users in the Makerspace;
Supervise student workers and provide them with technical assistance to perform their work;
Provide training and assistance to students, faculty, and external users in the safe use and handling of equipment and materials;
Act as a safety officer in the Makerspace;

Program Support

Prepare equipment, materials, and supplies for program activities; prepare demonstrations and participate in activities as requested;
Estimate and track the type and quantity of supplies and materials needed and used for program activities;

Technical Assistance and Asset Management
Install, setup, and operate specialized equipment in the Makerspace;
Maintain a clean, organized, and safe environment;
Perform routine preventative maintenance on equipment and systems in the Makerspace;
Diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair equipment and systems as necessary;
Maintain computerized inventory of supplies and materials; maintain adequate stock levels;
Related duties as required.


A Bachelor's Degree in specific instructional area OR two years of college course work in major study area AND two years experience in the specific area of operation OR equivalent education/experience.


Four years of education and/or professional experience in a related discipline or field;
Specific experience and demonstrable proficiency in electronics hardware design and prototyping, including:
o Microcontroller Programming (Arduino, Raspberry Pi)
o Proof of Concept Prototyping (Breadboarding, Soldering, Testing)
o PCB Design (Eagle or other design platforms)
o PCB Prototyping (Milling, LPKF Prototyping System)
Specific experience and demonstrable proficiency in at least two of the following technical areas:
o 3D Printers (FDM, SLA, PolyJet)
o Laser Cutters (Hobby & Industrial)
o CNC Routers/Mills (CAD/CAM Programming, 2 axis, 3 axis, 4 axis)
o Model Making
o Carpentry/Woodworking
o Sheetmetal Fabrication & Cold Work
o Sewing & Embroidery

Ability to write and document procedures clearly, contribute to technical and educational resources such as manuals, videos, web pages, and present informally to groups and individual guests of the Makerspace;
Demonstrated ability to train and interact with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds;

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as license/certification/registration.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-02

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