Product Design Shop Supervisor - PT

JOB TITLE: Product Design Shop Supervisor - PT

DEPARTMENT:  Mdes in Product Design, School of Design

REPORTS TO:  Hsin Chun Wang


The Mdes Product Design in School of Design at UArts is looking for a part-time shop supervisor to help run the shop on Terra Hall 5th floor and the annex space outside the shop. Our shop is a fully equipped maker space with both traditional and digital fabrication capability for undergraduate and graduate design students to build and physicalize their projects. We are looking for an engaging, easygoing, creative, organized and responsible person who is professional in traditional and modern fabrication and can work with both faculty members and students for their project and class needs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The part-time shop supervisor will be responsible for:

  • Provides maintenance of all machines in the shop which include but are not limited to a

table saw, band saw, chop saw, drill press, lathe, mill machine, CNC mill, laser cutter, and

a variety of 3D printers.

  • Trains undergraduate, graduate, and work-study students to safely use the shop

machines for all making needs.

  • Supervises all students and faculty using tools and machines.
  • Keep tools, accessories, materials and the shop space organized and clean.
  • Works with the program directors and faculty to prepare for exhibitions, workshops and

other events

  • Assists all faculty members in the shop during demonstrations, studio time, etc.
  • Lists and manages all hand tools during shop hours and track all tools that have been

checked out.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in product design, industrial

design, engineering design, sculpture or other related disciplines.


1-3 years experience in product design fabrication and skilled in both traditional making

such as woodwork and metal milling, as well as digital fabrication like CNC milling, laser

cutting and 3D printing. Candidates who have experience in shop keeping, working in

higher education or in a makerspace, and/or in fabrication related roles are preferred.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Woodworking – wood cutting, drilling, coating, milling, lathe turning, and etc.  
  • Metal milling – metal milling with aluminum, brass, copper, and steel
  • Laser cutting – general laser cutting for acrylic, wood and other sheet materials
  • 3D printing – general 3D printing with SLA and PLA plastics
  • 3D modeling – 3D modeling for projects such as displays for exhibitions
  • Adobe Suite – general photo and graphic editing
  • Rhino 3D – general 3D modeling for projects
  • Rhino Cam – gcode generation for CNC routing and milling
  • Cura – gcode generation for general 3D printing 
  • Microsoft Office – light word and excel work for paper works and handouts
  • Teaching/instruction in the skills and safety protocols of using the tools listed


About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

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