Boston College Design & Prototyping Specialist/Instructor - University Makerspace in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Boston College Introduction
Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.
The Design and Prototype Specialist / Instructor will work in the advanced prototyping and campus makerspace facilities that support students and academic programs across the University, as well as teach classes and workshops to students, faculty and staff on an array of design and prototyping topics. In addition, they will need to provide machining or fabrication services in their areas of expertise. These facilities will support the new Human Centered Engineering degree, other applied academic and research projects, and a new campus makerspace accessible to the BC community.
The Design and Prototyping Specialist / Instructor will work with other Specialists/Instructors and a Manager, all with complementary areas of expertise in machining, fabricating, woodworking, composites, electronics, architecture, textiles, computer-aided design, additive manufacturing, and other design and prototyping skill sets.
This position will provide critical design, fabrication, and/or engineering instruction and support to BC Students, faculty, and staff. One must be an experienced fabricator in an area of expertise, and also have significant experience teaching and working in a group environment, such as in an educational makerspace, studio, or fabrication lab. Ideally, s/he would have experience teaching at the College level, though this is not required. They should also have a well rounded design, prototyping, engineering, or manufacturing background with experience or exposure to various modern materials, techniques, and equipment, as well as a passion for educating.
This position will be responsible for setting up, operating and maintaining the equipment they will oversee, whether it be machine tools, CNC equipment, textile/sewing equipment, 3d printers, laser cutters, welding equipment, and other design and prototyping equipment. They will also assist in designing and teaching shop safety videos and classes for users of the facilities, and aid in creating a community of safe and responsible fabrication across campus.
This position will contribute to the culture of innovation at Boston College. In collaboration with the design and prototyping team, faculty, and interested student groups, they will create and support activities in the campus makerspace, engineering labs, and across campus to engage students from a wide variety of majors in making and prototyping activities. They will also support and mentor students, and when needed act as an advocate for the student voice and needs in discussions and decision-making pertaining to the culture of innovation at Boston College. In their work, they will be inclusive of all students’ backgrounds and interests, especially those from non-dominant groups in STEM.
Boston College conducts background checks, including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.
Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following hiring ranges:
Senior (3+ years of experience): $74,050 to $92,550
Non-senior (1+ year of experience): $63,900 to $79,850
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in engineering, architecture, art and design, computer science, technology or a related field is required
Master’s degree in engineering, architecture, art and design, computer science, technology or a related field is preferred
Non-Senior Level: 1 year of extensive technical experience working in an educational fabrication field is required; specifically, experience with a wide range of advanced fabrication equipment and digital design software suites; 1 year of teaching or instructional experience in a K-12 education and/or higher-education environment is required
Senior Level: 3 years of extensive technical experience working in an educational fabrication field is required; specifically, experience with a wide range of advanced fabrication equipment and digital design software suites; 3 years of teaching or instructional experience in a K-12 education and/or higher-education environment is required
Experience working with faculty and students in an academic environment, and experience with the design thinking process (ideation, prototyping, and testing) is required
Experience with community organizing and youth advocacy is highly preferred
Experience working with and on projects that engage individuals from non-dominant groups in STEM is highly preferred
Experience working with individuals from a diversity of backgrounds, like STEM, art, music, and social entrepreneurship is preferred
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Paid Holidays Annually
Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
Additional benefits can be found on https://www.bc.edu/employeehandbook
Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity .
Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at https://www.bc.edu/nondiscrimination .