University of Melbourne

Job no: 0052342
Location: Parkville, Melbourne, Australia
Role type: Part time 0.8 FTE, Continuing
Faculty: Architecture, Building and Planning
Salary: UOM 5 – $76,886 – $88,312 p.a. plus 17% super (AUD)

  • Monitor and train junior staff to operate machines and equipment safely and effectively
  • Contribute to a culture where safety is paramount, ensuring protocols are implemented and continuously improving practice
  • If you are a passionate maker with prior digital fabrication experience we want to hear from you!

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wuurang people. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the ABP Maker Spaces

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) Maker Spaces comprise a range of facilities providing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary spaces for making with technology aiming to create a hands-on and inspiring environment encouraging experimentation with technology, materials, and processes of making.

A key Maker Space facility is the Digital Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab), which operates a range of digital fabrication equipment that is accessible via a bureau service, where staff operate machinery and process fabrication jobs on behalf of students.

About the Role
The Lead Technician, under the guidance of the Digital Fabrication Lab Coordinator, is primarily responsible for monitoring adherence of Technicians and Student Interns to the labs processes and procedures including overseeing the operation of fabrication equipment, the delivery of consultations to students with fabrication queries, and assisting the Maker Spaces Management Team with the delivery of core services as required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Under broad direction from the Digital Fabrication Coordinator, monitor Digital Fabrication Lab staff operating machines and equipment effectively and efficiently as part of bureau fabrication service to ensure all jobs adhere to quality standards. Operate fabrication machines and complete fault investigation and rectification as required.
  • Contribute to an open, inclusive, and welcoming University environment, whilst managing the delivery of core services to achieve optimal outcomes for all users of the Maker Spaces. Monitor return of fabrication jobs to customers ensuring achievement of the required quality standards and completion time goals.
  • Monitor and deliver support to students with regard to solving digital fabrication problems of a technical nature through the Consultation service.
  • Monitor staff practice of established OHS and safety protocols, supervise student to adhere to established safety protocols, and continually improve safety practices.

We are looking for a passionate maker with demonstrated experience operating digital fabrication equipment to oversee the day-to-day operations of the MSD Fab Lab. If you want to use your skills with advanced manufacturing technology to mentor students and staff we want to hear from you!

About You

You will be a passionate and experienced maker with highly-developed digital fabrication skills. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills will enable you to effectively engage a diverse group of stakeholders and deliver an exceptional standard of service. You are a confident leader with prior experience supervising junior staff and inexperienced users to safely use equipment.

You will also have:

  • A relevant qualification with experience in digital and analogue fabrication, or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated experience working with CNC routers, laser cutters, 3D printers and/or other digital prototyping output devices.

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and an additional document that expresses your passion for making, we want to know about the most interesting fabrication projects you’ve worked on, and how you overcame the challenges you faced along the way.

This can either be through submission of a cover letter or your own folio. If you encounter any issues uploading a folio please submit via a brief cover letter with an accessible link.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victorian Health Minister. All University of Melbourne employees are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. Applicants must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Applications close: Tuesday 26 July 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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