The Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) Makerspace is located in the Faculty of Information, at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. The KMDI Makerspace provides faculty and students from across the Tri-Campus with a flexible and experimental space where they can explore different technologies, be creative, and make things within a collaborative and safe environment. The KMDI Makerspace houses equipment meant to be used for research projects and related activities, including 3D printers and scanners, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, MakeyMakeys, knitting, sewing, and embroidery machines (and materials), soldering irons, VR headsets, and more. The KMDI is seeking to fill a Makerspace Technician and Lab Coordinator position focused on operating and maintaining Makerspace equipment, training and supervising use of the equipment, and assisting in the coordination of Makerspace activities, projects, and users.
The Makerspace Technician’s responsibilities and duties include:
- Ensuring that the equipment is operated safely, kept up to date, and in research-ready mode.
- Assisting in the coordination of research conducted within the physical and virtual iterations of the KMDI Makerspace (including organization and logistics);
- Assisting the KMDI Director in tracking, organizing and maintaining research equipment and facilities • Assisting with the training and coordination of Makerspace staff
- Assisting in the development of research and programming initiatives situated within the KMDI Makerspace focused on making and/or reality-enhancing technologies.
- Experience with fabrication equipment and tools (e.g. 3D printers, laser cutters, audio visual equipment, visual arts)
- Familiarity with other making or digital crafting machines, experience with reality enhancing technologies
- Experience performing routine repair and maintenance on Makerspace equipment
- Excellent communication skills, strong organizational and project management skills
5-8 hours per week
Start date: ASAP on a 6-month (renewable) casual employment contract
- Your application should include a current resume and a cover letter, saved as one file (PDF preferred) *Optional: you are welcome to include a portfolio or link (e.g., Github) where we can see your past work or projects.
- Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “KMDI Makerspace Technician and Lab Coordinator”
- Deadline to apply: Wednesday June 7, 2023, 5:00 pm ET *Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. If you have any questions, concerns, or require assistance completing this application please contact admin[dot]kmdi[at]utoronto[dot]ca.
We are committed to diversifying the conversation around Makerspaces and technology. While all applicants are welcome, preference will be given to voices not often represented in these spaces. We encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour, gender variant folk, people with a disability, and those with cultural, economic, and social backgrounds different from the traditionally presented Canadian settler perspective.