Research Technician Opportunity - Emily Carr Digital Prototyping Lab


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Research Technician

Applications are invited for a Research Technician to provide research and curricular support through the specialized equipment in the Digital Prototyping Lab. The Research Technician maintains digital equipment including the 3D printers, 3D scanners, and associated software/hardware, as well as collaborative support of other University digital resources. The Research Technician supports research projects in the studios, including implementation and application of software and hardware, developing and maintaining relationships with external partners, scheduling demonstrations, providing technical support and other related duties. The Research Technician may hire and supervise research assistants and works collaboratively with other Technical Services staff.

Permanent Part-Time (77%) Position
Hours to be Determined
Pay Grade K ($43,380 to $46,442 per annum)

Some Typical Duties:

  • Demonstrates the appropriate use of materials, tools and equipment associated with digital production with an emphasis on safety. Maintains safety standards in area, including WHMIS labeling, WorkSafeBC documentation, and communication of best practices to those working in prototyping areas.
  • Monitors equipment to ensure proper working condition. Troubleshoots and diagnoses equipment problems and performs regular maintenance according to manufacturers’ standards. Performs minor repairs where appropriate. Liaises with vendors, suppliers, and repair technicians to resolve larger equipment problems in consultation with Technical Services Manager.
  • Oversees operations of all 3D printer and 3D scanner applications and platforms. Prepares files for 3D printing and 3D scanning. Provides students, faculty and staff with advice around project design, output parameters, suitability of materials and appropriate mode of output; may include 3D print bureau output support.
  • Researches and implements emerging digital fabrication and manufacturing technologies related to both research and curricular support at ECUAD. May collaborate in development of new platforms materials and processes related to digital manufacturing for use in research projects.
  • Monitors the area operating budget. Coordinates purchasing of supplies, equipment, and products for all areas. Participates in the capital request process through recommendations of new equipment purchases. Consults with facility users to maintain relevant, high quality equipment and resources.
  • Responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and providing day to day direction of junior technical staff and Student Monitors.
  • Forecasts student usage and adjusts lab capacity accordingly. Makes recommendations on policies, procedures, safety measures, studio use, and staffing.
  • Develops and manages strategies and protocols for curricular digital fabrication support including: hardware and software support, demonstration of best practices through technical instruction, and development of process documentation and other instructional tools.
  • Contributes to applied material research and academic research documentation. May present work at conferences
  • Develops and maintains concise documentation, including case studies and white papers of physical outcomes and design methods resulting from both academic and industry research partnerships.
  • Works with students and faculty on matters related to digital fabrication as required.
  • Develops relationships with internal and external stakeholders in the interest of furthering research partnerships at ECUAD. May travel to academic institutions and other organizations.
  • Stays current in the developments and changes in area.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Minimum of three years recent experience in providing technical and analytical support.
  • Or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Experience supporting scholarly research activity.
  • Considerable experience with digital processes including: CAD, Subtractive/Additive CNC platforms, 3D printing (FDM, SLS, SLD) and 3D scanning.
  • Considerable knowledge of CAD modeling environment(s) (i.e. Rhino, AutoCAD, SolidWorks).
  • Demonstrated experience in applied art/design research methodologies including knowledge of material production in a variety of media.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and working in collaborative environments.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering technical instruction.
  • Demonstrated operational experience with digital prototyping tools, including troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair.
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable software and hardware tools with a solid understanding of the potential of such systems in the context of applied research (i.e. Rhino, Grasshopper, SolidWorks, Fusion 360, Visual Mill, and emergent open source software).
  • Demonstrated diagnostic and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to clearly communicate information and demonstrate the use of equipment to non-technical users in support of an inclusive learning environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Considerable knowledge of budget administration, purchasing, and planning.
  • Physical stamina and mobility to permit lifting, carrying, and moving heavy objects.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.


The pay grade for those qualifications is a little low…