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.




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 3 - 150 Points: Some supervision and training of student and part-time workers may be required where the nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level may also involve directing the work assignments of one or more permanent, full-time employees, but supervision typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day. Characteristic of this level would be employees who direct student workers, or work team leaders who act as working supervisors. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 3 - 90 Points: Procedures and standards exist, but considerable latitude in applying procedures and selecting a sequence of activities must be exercised. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 3 - 100 Points: The purpose is to advise or counsel students, coworkers, or the general public, or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals and where relationships are generally cooperative. Contacts are moderately structured and routine.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

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 3 - 450 Points: The work includes various duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done depend upon knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and program goals of the supervisor and the department and involve the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each project or assignment, and the course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. The work involves elements that must be identified and analyzed to discern interrelationships.