Manager, DAAP Build Lab

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Cincinnati, OH, USLocation:
Wed, May 23 '18Posted on:
Manager, DAAP Build Lab College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning University of Cincinnati

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning is accepting applications for the position of Department Manager of the college's newly renovated and revamped DAAP Build Lab. In this role you will be responsible for management of all aspects of the college workshop, including safety, training, communications, equipment, policies, facility use, and employees. Position is under general supervision from Director, DAAP Learning Labs.

The DAAP Build Lab is a workspace where student designers and artists have access to a broad palette of tools, enabling them to produce physical realizations of their ideas. Equipment and appropriate environments are provided for the working of wood products, metals, plastics and composite materials. It is a welcoming place in which to explore and learn about materials and processes, to share a work environment with students of different disciplines, and to discover new techniques with the help of staff members and student-peers.

The facility was expanded and completely remodeled in 2017, resulting in 12,000 square feet of dedicated work-space with newly engineered systems to provide: constant air quality, ambient LED lighting, fire safety, proper electrical power, generous work-spaces, and specialized mechanical systems for dust collection and fume extraction.

Students are trained in basic techniques and safety practices in order to be certified for general Build Lab access, and additional training is offered in specialty areas that necessarily have higher requirements. The Build Lab is open from 50 to 72 hours per week, depending on the demands of the academic semester. It is staffed by 3 professional employees, 2 full-time student co-ops, and multiple part-time student employees. The Build Lab plays a vital role for the College of DAAP.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage workshop facilities for safe and appropriate use by students, faculty, and administrators of College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
  • Ensure access to, and maintenance of, the equipment and spaces that support the working of wood products, metals, plastics, composites and other materials.
  • Maintain successful rapport with students, faculty, and administrators in the college so that the lab can best serve their educational goals.
  • Effectively manage workforce of staff lab technicians, full-time student co-ops, and part-time student workers to accomplish the mission of the facility.
  • Be responsible for coordinating all factors contributing to Safety in the Lab, including policy, procedures, training, safety equipment, and machine safeguards. Interface with UC Environmental Health and Safety to support this goal.
  • Coordinate training and certification programs for the users of the Lab, including basic orientation and safety training course for all first-year students, and specialized training for higher-risk equipment such as: metal fabrication, metal machining, table saw, etc.
  • Provide the resources the students need to accomplish their projects in a timely, safe manner. These resources include: employees with skill and knowledge to share, properly operating equipment, appropriate supplies, and an environment that is safe, welcoming, clean and functional.
  • Manage budget for Lab by coordinating with Business Office and the IT Manager for proper use of resources: payroll, purchasing, sales, maintenance costs, etc.
  • Encourage community-building by hosting events that are instructional and/or celebratory for the Makers within the college.
  • Envision new ways in which the Lab can serve its mission to the students, and then build a team of stakeholders to achieve these goals. Add to the value of the facility for the College.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and three years experience
  • OR- Associate's degree and five years experience
  • OR- seven years experience
  • Degree must be in a field that relates well to this facility and the population it serves
  • Experience must also include at least three years of supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience must be in a facility whose activity involves the manipulation of physical materials to produce meaningful products
  • Experience in teaching that includes manual arts
  • Computer Aided Design and Digital Manufacture literacy

Application Process

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete our online application at In addition to the online application, you must submit a current resume or CV and include a cover letter that details your interest and qualifications for the position.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.

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