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Technician, Fibres and Material Practices

Concordia University

Concordia University

Williamson County, TN, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Position Number: 50001711 / P2455A
Department: Studio Arts
Grade: Technician Class I
Campus: Sir George Williams (Downtown)

Salary: $28.93 - $43.49 per hour
Union/Association/HR Policy: CUUSS-TS

Posting deadline: July 17, 2024

Recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50, and one of Montreal’s top Employers, Concordia University is the place to be if you are looking to grow, contribute and innovate in a dynamic and multicultural environment.

Be part of a community that addresses society’s big challenges, supports your personal and professional growth, and makes a real impact in building a more sustainable world.

As a member of our community, you will have access to comprehensive benefits, a defined pension plan and numerous on site well-being facilities such as a state of the art gym and health clinic as well as a variety of educational and cultural opportunities.

Reporting to the Department Administrator, Studio Arts (on a line supervisory basis) and on an operational basis (functional supervision) to the Program Coordinators (Full-Time Faculty members) for the Fibres and Material Practices program of Studio Arts, the incumbent acts as a resource person for faculty and students on matters related to studio maintenance, equipment, and safety practices. In collaboration with all concerned, they process and monitor all approved capital and operating budget transactions. They will also functionally supervise casual staff and work-study students.

• Organize and supervise the day-to-day activities in the Fibres and Material Practices areas; including the use of sewing machines, heat press, screen coating/exposure/reclaiming equipment, fabric steamer, fabric shredder, paper beater, paper mixer, hydraulic press, flat dryers, vacuum table, gas burners, computer, scanners and printers, e.g.: ensure that shop, studios and supply rooms are well maintained and in proper operating condition.
• Provide training and instruction in a range of material processes to Studio Arts students and faculty on both a group and individual basis (e.g. in-course demonstrations, workshops, other consultations). Provide technical curricular project support to Studio Arts undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, in liaison with the other Studio Arts technicians.
• Establish safe working procedures in the Fibres and Material Practices studios. Implement and maintain the WHMIS system, update all MSDS and label all controlled materials. Manage hazardous and non-hazardous material use in studios and workshops. Ensure chemical inventory compliance requirements by monitoring databases. Create clear and user-friendly technical documentation, signage, and instructions for studios and equipment.
• Establish vendor contacts; research pricing, new products and equipment; order equipment and materials; manage the stock of materials and keep an inventory.
• Coordinate and contact the appropriate personnel within Maintenance Operations, Security, Cleaning Services, Health & Safety, Fire Safety and other Maintenance Service Units and submit requests for work order repairs for Fibres and Material Practices studios.
• Participate in new and ongoing capital and other minor and major renovations and refurbishment projects within the studios.
• Cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment in Fibres and Material Practices studios.
• Functionally supervise the work of seasonal technicians and/or casual staff.
• In consultation with faculty, oversee operational and capital equipment refresh budgets and sales of materials for the Fibres and Material Practices facilities.
• Conceive of designs and oversee the installation of new specialized equipment when required.
• Perform other duties as required by the functional and line supervisor.

• Diploma of Collegial Studies (3-year technical program) and four (4) years of relevant experience OR bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts or other relevant discipline and two (2) years of relevant work experience.
• Working knowledge of studio health and safety regulations, best practices and WHMIS, including an in-depth knowledge of safe working practices for a range of traditional and experimental materials.
• Advanced expertise in Fibres and Material Practices processes and a demonstrated ability to safely use technical equipment.
• Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken and written English in order to assist/instruct and to write experimental procedures and instructions. Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken French in order to provide information to students.
• Basic knowledge of Word (to create documents) and Excel (to input data). Ability to work with Microsoft Office 365.
• Knowledge of SAP, Concur, and Ariba for budget monitoring, Web Requisitioning, P-Card systems for purchasing/reconciliation purposes, and expense claim submissions considered an asset.
• Excellent organizational skills, demonstrated ability to monitor budgets and organize administrative processes.
• Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of a team.
• Knowledge of Maximo for Facilities Management Work Order processing and a working/educational knowledge within a studio arts production environment considered an asset.

Due to the volume of applications, only selected candidates will be contacted by our Talent Team.

Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic and administrative functions of the university, proficiency in English and French, as indicated, is required.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.

Territorial Acknowledgement
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Employment Equity
Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a diversity survey. This information is voluntary and any information collected for this purpose is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources employees. Results will be aggregated and used to help Concordia achieve its goal to see all members of our community not only reflected, but welcomed, included and supported in their efforts to contribute to all areas of university life.

Concordia desires to increase diversity among its community members and we strive to make our recruitment processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants. If you are contacted for an interview and anticipate needing accommodations during the process, please contact, in confidence,

Immigration Status
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens.