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Student Shop Technician

Date: July 23, 2012
Reports to (Job Title): EMS/Student Design Center Manager
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus


37.5 hrs/wk

Primary Purpose

The primary purpose of this position is to provide supervision of all student shop users, including undergrad and graduate students in the Engineering faculty and to a lesser extent, staff and faculty members. The supervision is twofold, first to ensure a safe work environment for students and second to provide assistance with project criteria, technical expertise relating to the various machine and hand tools and encouragement to those who are new or unfamiliar to experience based learning.

Key Accountabilities:

1. Ensure that a “safety first” work environment is provided via :

2. Assist students with project design criteria with regards to manufacturability taking into account skillset and technical limitations via:

3. Ensure that all machinery and equipment in the shop functions correctly and safely via:

4. Maintaining shop inventory of tooling, fasteners and miscellaneous shop supplies via:

5. When time allows, assisting the main shop with job overflow as required

6. All other duties as directed by the Manager or Assistant Manager

Position Requirements


High school diploma and a Certificate of Qualification (preferably Ontario) in one of the following trades: General Machinist, Tool & Die Maker or Mould Maker




MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Basic Basic Basic

Basic computer skills and expertise using machinery typical to a machine shop setting

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, the incumbent will make contact with several departments to exchange information and ensure that user client’s needs are met, including:

External contacts would be very limited to nil

Level of Responsibility:

The job has defined duties and responsibilities with minimal direct supervision.

Decision-Making Authority:

Minimal; the incumbent works independently, however all operational, procurement and policy decisions are made by the EMS/SDC Manager.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Demands are typical of a manufacturing environment; standing for long periods of time, exposure to machine noise, potential for injury.

Working Environment:

Consistent with a machine shop; standing and walking on a concrete floor, exposure to machine noise.

Working hours:

Job is two shifts that will rotate monthly; 1st shift is 8:30 – 4:30, 2nd is 1:00 – 9:00. Alternate Saturdays with the following Monday off – both individuals.

Risks – physical and psychological:

Physical – typical to a machine shop; cuts, abrasions etc.

Psychological – work stress can be significant considering constant need to monitor large number of students regarding safety concerns while assisting with projects.