2131 Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist


TITLE Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist







The Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist oversees the operations of the Art Supply Shop, maintains inventory and prices, places orders, reconciles procurement card purchases, and supervises the student employees staffing the Art Supply Shop.  The Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist oversees, repairs, and maintains the equipment and 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 hazardous materials and tool and equipment maintenance.   The Studio Shop Maintenance Specialist builds and repairs facilities 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 of 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 and art supplies is preferred.

Skills:  General mechanical ability is required which includes skill 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 verbal and written communications skills are required.The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: This position lifts and transports materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis and requires prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis.  This position operates manual and electrically-powered tools and electrical test equipment.  Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards.

Other: The 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 the Art Supply Shop, maintaining inventory, determining pricing, matching invoices to procurement card statements, and recruiting, scheduling, and supervising the student employees who staff the shop.

2. Maintains and repairs equipment and tools, such as cameras and developers, and power equipment and tools such as those used in metals, ceramics, printmaking, painting/drawing, sculpture, and design areas.

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

5. Provides general maintenance support for the department by building, fabricating, and repairing facilities, tools, and equipment, as needed.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

10. 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.

11. 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.