2131 Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist


TITLE Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist






The Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist oversees, repairs, and maintains the photographic equipment and mechanical and power electronic equipment/tools in the studio areas of the Art and Design department and is responsible for the mitigation, monitoring, and resolution of safety issues related to student tool usage, signage, hazardous materials, and tool and equipment maintenance and operation. The Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist builds and repairs facilities, such as storage cabinets, as needed and coordinates with the Director of Environmental Management in the monitoring and disposing of hazardous materials.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required; a degree in one of the art and design disciplines is preferred.

Experience: At least two years practical work experience in the maintenance and repair of photographic equipment and/or mechanical and power tools is required. Knowledge and experience in monitoring and the disposal of hazardous waste is preferred. Knowledge of photographic equipment is preferred.

Skills: Requires general mechanical ability which includes skills in the use of electrical test equipment, and small hand and power tools, mechanical equipment and materials applicable to the mechanical trades. The ability to interpret wiring diagrams, blueprints, and schematics is required. The ability to read and understand repair manuals and specifications is required. Effective oral and written communications skills are required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis; requires prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis. Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and electrical test equipment, to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings. Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards.

Other: Scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and lubricants common to mechanical work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.


1. Contributes to an effective learning environment for students enrolled in Art and Design courses by overseeing, maintaining, and repairing photographic equipment, such as cameras and developers, and power equipment and tools such as those used in metals, ceramics, printmaking, painting/drawing, sculpture, and design areas.

2. Helps to assure a safe learning environment by assuming responsibility for the mitigation, monitoring, and resolution of safety issues related to student tool usage, signage, hazardous materials (in coordination with the Director of Environmental Management), and tool and equipment maintenance and operation.

3. Helps to assure the availability of photographic supplies by placing orders and making sales in the student photo store.

4. Provides general maintenance support for the department by building and repairing facilities, such as storage cabinets, as needed.

5. Minimizes institutional liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws and regulations governing environmental protection, safety, hazardous waste disposal and the use of chemical substances and materials.

6. Practices preventive maintenance in maintaining electronic test equipment and mechanical tools by performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, oiling moving parts, cleaning and servicing tools and equipment as directed or specified in the operator's manual, and contacting the vendor regarding damaged tools and equipment beyond the capacity to repair for vendor or replacement.

7. Contributes to an accident-free work environment by complying with operator's instructions for the use of power tools, wearing protective gear such as goggles, hearing protectors, back supports, and work gloves and following standard safety precautions during work.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Department Head.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the Department of Art and Design by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist is supervised by the Department Head of Art and Design.



Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 4 - 750 Points: Knowledge of an extensive set of operations and procedures, specific skills and demonstrated ability, that requires considerable creativity or mechanical aptitude. Skills at this level normally require more than two and as much as five years of experience and previous training.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 1 - 25 Points: No responsibility for the work of others. Limited responsibility for expenses, purchases, or inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 2 - 50 Points: Specific guidelines and established routines exist, but some judgment in applying guidelines and deviating from standards must be exercised. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to a supervisor.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 2 - 50 Points: The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchange of information. Contacts at this level might include discussing a work order with individuals in a departmental office to more clearly define the problem, or providing directions or information to students or the general public.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 2 - 40 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as that from moving machinery, occasional work with hazardous substances, or moderate levels of noise. The work may require wearing of protective gear. The work area is generally adequately lighted and ventilated, but may involve uncomfortable temperatures at times.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 4 - 150 Points: Work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as climbing ladders, frequent lifting of objects over 50 pounds, crawling or crouching in restricted areas. Occasional lifting of heavy objects weighing 75 pounds or more is required.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 2 - 40 Points: Jobs at this level might require frequent but routine responsibility for facility security, public safety, equipment, or money.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 2 - 250 Points: The work consists of tasks that involve related steps, processes, or methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done involve choices requiring the employee to recognize the differences among a few easily recognizable situations. Decisions at this level are based on knowledge of the procedural requirements of the work coupled with the awareness of the specific functions and assignments of the department.