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Computational Fabrication Tech

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Woodshop/Fabrication Laboratory Technician

College of Architecture and Design

Regular Full-time, Market Range 07

The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design is looking for up to two woodshop/fabrication laboratory technicians who will assist the Fabrication Director and faculty by overseeing the operation & maintenance of the equipment and workshops within the College of Architecture and Design.

The College of Architecture and Design is committed to excellence in design education, creative activity, research, and outreach missions. The College is comprised of Schools of Architecture, Design, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. These four schools contribute to an engaged community of 745 undergraduate and graduate students, 47 full time faculty, 15 part time faculty, and 20 members of the administrative staff. The College of Architecture and Design is one of 11 academic colleges at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Research-1, land-grant university that houses 900+ programs of study.


This position oversees the safe and effective operation of the College of Architecture and Design Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) and/or the Woodshop facility at Art + Architecture Building on campus. Develops, implements, and enforces shop standards/policies and safety rules. Provides support to faculty and students regarding course needs.

Assists the Fabrication Director & faculty by overseeing students using machinery for project completion.  Provides training/shop orientation sessions and working guidelines for classes and user groups qualified to use the facilities and equipment. 

Supervises & conducts maintenance and repair of shop tools, equipment and the shop environment. This includes but is not limited to: following and maintaining machine maintenance schedules, completing required repairs, ensuring the shop and lab are safe, clean and that materials are stored in correct areas and within the shop policy requirements.

Train student assistants with the use of shop tools and equipment, tool check-out procedures and student access procedures. Facilitate, oversee and assist with faculty research in the workshop environment. Other duties as assigned by the Dean of the College of Architecture + Design.

Work schedule will require some flexible shifts with evening and or weekend work.


Bachelor’s Degree. Demonstrated ability and instructional experience with hand & power tools, techniques and materials, utilized in wood and metal fabrication. Four years minimum experience with woodworking equipment and tools. Experience with CAD/CAM programing & operation of Digital Fabrication machinery  (CNC routers, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment).

Applicants must include a resume in addition to the online application form, the following information must be included in the resume: 1) Employment: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), position held, summary of job duties and 2) Education: university name, degree type, major.


Experience supervising, directing and assisting faculty/students in the safe operation of shop tools and equipment within an educational environment. Thorough working knowledge of techniques, materials, hand and power tools utilized in woodworking and wood frame construction. Prior experience in metal fabrication, including machining, welding and sheet metal fabrication.

Customer service experience, good organizational skills and ability to interact with a diverse population of faculty, students and the greater community. It is desired that a potential candidate submit a portfolio of 8 images of personal work or projects.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. For full consideration, interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to the required minimum qualifications, a resume, and complete contact information for three professional references.

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including reduced tuition for employee’s dependents that attend college in the University of Tennessee system.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Architecture & Design-Administration
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Aug 8, 2022, 12:53:45 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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