Massachusetts Institute of Technology Maker Technical Specialist, MIT Innovation Initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Maker Technical Specialist, MIT Innovation Initiative
Job Number: 19867
Functional Area: Educational Technology
School Area: Office of Provost
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No
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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.
MAKER TECHNICAL SPECIALIST, MIT Innovation Initiative (MITii)-Project Manus, to aid the program director in formulating and implementing innovative improvements to MIT’s makersystem in measurable, scalable, and sustainable ways. This includes implementing new equipment, technologies, making activities/programs, and educational materials/techniques for classes and training. Will focus on creating new processes/content/technologies and assessing/validating/documenting their success; engaging, teaching, and mentoring beginning makers, especially first-year students; and fostering the intersection of making-innovation classes/activities and of design, innovation, making, science, and engineering. Will support Project Manus (https://project-manus.mit.edu/) ’ efforts to improve student and faculty making activities via extracurricular- and curricular-based activities. This includes providing strategy/logistics/maintenance/administrative support for the MakerLodge Program (https://project-manus.mit.edu/maker-lodge) ; managing student volunteers; assuming key teaching/administrative role in maker classes; and supporting external activities in the Make Impact Consortium (https://makeimpactconsortium.com/) .
REQUIRED: B.S. in a fabrication, scientific, engineering, or other technical field; design and fabrication experience; success with safety, teaching and mentoring, fabrication and making, and fostering/supporting community making and projects; extensive knowledge of safety and design; teaching experience and creative and innovative approaches; strong organizational, time-management, and interpersonal skills; ability to work with a broad spectrum of people; and expertise teaching entry-level fabrication skills (e.g., 3D printing, laser cutting, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, IoT, basic electronics/circuit fabrication, and digital fabrication technology); and experience with or desire to develop expertise in woodworking, metalworking, milling, turning, waterjetting, thermoforming, injection molding, chemical/biomaking, and other making techniques. Seek a team player who supports Project Manus' efforts to continually improve the making experience and can move from concept to implementation. PREFERRED: experience running a makerspace for novice users and experience evaluating and documenting the results of educational/training activities or desire to learn. Job #198677/14/21