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Job ID: 130741

Design Technician (7118U) - JACOBS - 1644
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 4, 2019
Title Design Technician (7118U) - JACOBS - 1644
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Design Technician (7118U) - JACOBS - 1644

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptance academic and artistic, political and cultural make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 9/24/19

Departmental Overview

The Jacobs Hall Design Technician plays a key role in achieving this mission by providing professional design, prototyping, and fabrication support to users of Jacobs Hall studios and equipment rooms. Design Technicians offer safety training, supervision, and, to a limited extent, design and fabrication mentorship to students from across campus, working on a wide range of projects. The primary responsibility of the Design Technician is to handle day-to-day operations support for the Technical makerspaces. We consider a healthy shop culture a high priority and emphasize the role the technical team has in the creation of that environment.


This is a part-time (50%), one-year contract position

  • Responsible for safe operation of Jacobs Hall studios & equipment rooms, including general supervision and a safety trainings.
  • Provides technical mentorship, and design and fabrication advice to undergraduate and graduate students, for a range of projects.

  • Responsible for equipment maintenance and operation, including any necessary repairs or upgrades.
  • Responsible for ordering and installing new equipment.
  • Orders parts and supplies, and assists with maintenance of part and material inventories.


  • On a limited basis, may provide technical academic support for courses held in Jacobs Hall. This may include tasks such as preparing materials kits, or performing in-class or optional tutorials.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Ability to serve as a mentor to diverse student population, embodying both enthusiasm and professionalism.

  • Knowledge in how to relate to students (novice engineers and designers) and impart the best practices within the facilitative design and fabrication of complex class and extracurricular projects.

  • Extensive knowledge of safe shop practices, and how to effectively instruct and enforce those safe practices.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner and to communicate very well with Faculty, Staff, and Students of diverse backgrounds.

  • Competency in the areas of traditional and digital fabrication, such as use of CAD/CAM software, CNC machine operation, 3D printer operation and maintenance, electronics fabrication and testing.

  • Competency in the areas of industrial and product design, including sketching, 3D modeling, and prototyping.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds with cart assistance.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in related area.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

*This is a part-time (50%), one-year contract position. Contract positions may be extended based on operational demand. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.

*The hourly salary range designated for this position: $26.53 - $38.51 (full-time equivalent); however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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