Digital Fabrication Lab Specialist

University of Michigan University of Michigan Employer:
Ann Arbor, MI, USLocation:
Fri, Sep 29 '23Posted on:
$50,000 - $55,000 annually Pay:

How to Apply

A cover letter and resume are important submissions for the hiring team to get a sense of your experience and skill set. Please submit both a cover letter and resume as one file to the job posting on the careers website.

The review of resumes will begin when the posting closes. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email. The interview process will consist of an initial 30-45-minute screening interview and one or two additional interviews for select candidates. Additionally, samples of relevant work may be requested.

This position requires onsite work five days a week.

Job Summary

The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning has an exciting opportunity in our Digital Fabrication and Robotics Lab (FabLab). The FabLab has state of the art tools and machines as well as the expertise to support a wide range of projects from architectural modeling, to research into the latest technologies, to building scale installations and mockups. The FABLab has been a continued leader among academic institutions around the world utilizing robotic automation to perform both subtractive and additive manufacturing processes.

We seek an individual who is inspired by digital fabrication techniques, curious about fabrication research, and enjoys hands-on work. Reporting to the FabLab manager, (our organizational chart), you will play a critical role in teaching and advising our diverse community in bringing their ideas to life. You will work closely with other FabLab staff members to fabricate projects, maintain lab spaces, and develop new learning techniques. Over time, you may have the opportunity to contribute to FabLab sponsored research, including software and hardware development utilizing the fabrication equipment.

Job Duties

  • Assist in performing day-to-day operations and maintenance of the FabLab equipment such as routers, robots, 3D printers, laser cutters, a waterjet and more. This includes deep cleaning of messy and clean rooms, cleaning inside and outside machines, organizing tools and equipment, and repairing tools and equipment that have been damaged.
  • Support the use of the FABLab for student academic projects and faculty sponsored projects by consulting with students and faculty to help them develop, design, and conduct research as well as to refine or adapt methodologies to fit research requirements
  • Train users in techniques, explain and demonstrate equipment capabilities, operations, limitations, and outcomes
  • Assist in the development of written/electronic documentation and tutorials for standard FabLab operations
  • Collaborate with other FabLab faculty and staff on the development of new techniques, and/or customized fabrication equipment and processes.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 1+ years of experience directly related to the duties described above
  • Advanced experience with various 3D modeling software including Rhino 3D and Grasshopper
  • Basic experience with hand tools and woodworking tools such as drills, wrenches, handsaws, and chisels
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Suite

Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous time off; retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Taubman College values a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that includes people of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We aim to create a community of mutual respect and trust where everyone's backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about our DEI efforts and the shared values we have for our community.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Apply to the position at the University of Michigan careers website.

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