Shop/Lab Technician
Department of Art and Architecture


Under the direction of the department chair, the Shop/Lab Technician would conduct safety training for students, train and supervise student teaching assistants (TA's), design and build improvements to the woodshop and maintain the machinery/working spaces of the Elliott Wood Shop and Metal Shop.


In the Elliott Wood/Metal Shops:

  • train and certify students to use machines properly and safely
  • guide and assist students with fabrication questions on their projects, serving as a consultant for courses that integrate student projects fabricated in shop/s; assist with materials orders for projects
  • monitor and assist students while they are working to keep shop clean, safe, and healthy
  • inventory materials and keep them in an orderly system for use
  • maintain inventory of equipment; perform research for requests for new equipment
  • design/construct/maintain materials/tools storage spaces, spearhead improvement projects for woodshop and metal shop, particularly around safety and organization.
  • maintain tools and machines in both shops
  • supervise regular clean-ups, maintain order in space
  • maintain ventilations system
  • assist in hiring Sudent Shop Assistants (SSAs); supervise SSAs in all their work and projects 

In the Elliott Studios and Houghton Studios:

  • perform regular maintenance of furniture, studio materials organization, inventorying of classroom equipment and materials


Associate's degree in related field plus 2 years related experience, or the equivalent combination of experience, education and training. Excellent communication skills (oral and written); ability to manage undergraduate teaching assistants; commitment to safe laboratory practices; prior lab teaching experience is preferable

Formal training and/or practical experience in general machine shop practice, welding, metal machining, woodworking, and mechanical repair. A good general knowledge of computers and common word-processing and spreadsheet programs is required to set up some labs and research materials, and to maintain job records. Ability to work well with others, especially students is essential. Good organizational skills are a must. Job requires the ability to lift 50 lb. machine attachments to shoulder height, and lift 30 pounds over head and carry it to adjacent buildings.


This is a half-time (20 hours per week) 9-month, benefits-eligible, administrative hourly position. Working hours will primarily take place during the evening between 7:00 - 11:00 PM, Sun - Thurs, to be negotiated. Some daytime hours may be required on occasion. This position description is not all-inclusive as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Review of applications will begin immediately and cotninue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a detailed cover letter, resume and names with contact information for three references to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
email: ferran@hws.edu

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution located in a small, diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,200, the Colleges offer 62 majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.