Studio Technician - College of Liberal Arts

Job no: 510630
Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Job Summary

This position exercises significant independence in providing technical and instructional support for all areas of the Art and Design Department related to instructional equipment and safety. Under the general supervision of the Department Chair and in consultation with the Studio Art faculty lead, the Studio Art Technician is responsible for the full range of duties associated with the operation, coordination, and instructional support services of the Art and Design studios (these include a wood shop and metalworking equipment as well as ceramics studio and kilns). This position will coordinate activity, access and provide specialized technical and instructional support for classes and individual student projects. They will make recommendations to the faculty and department regarding equipment, supply purchase and replacement, and procedures for safety and maintenance.

Department Summary

The Art and Design Department offers a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The curriculum prepares students for professional participation in graphic design, photography and video, and studio art, as well as graduate school in fine art. The department offers a balanced experience in the arts that includes: 2-D and 3-D studio art, art history, graphic design, photography and video, digital design, critical theory, and a general education in liberal arts.

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong understanding of safety practices and Environmental Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach/train the skills required to safely and effectively use tools, materials and techniques common to wood, metals, and plastics.
  • Knowledge of operation and maintenance associated with common hand tools and stationary shop equipment used in wood-working (such as tables saw, drill press, miter saw, band saw, belt sander, etc.), and metal-working (such as drill press, grinders, press brake, welding, etc.). Ability to perform various skilled and semi-skilled tasks, including woodworking, welding, use of adhesives and fasteners, construction methods, and use of stationary and portable power tools.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to three years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to the area to which assigned.


Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Salary and Benefits:

Anticipated Hiring Range: $58,000 - $65,000 annually

Classification Range: $46,884 - $81,348 annually

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to [email protected].

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Advertised: February 18, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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