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State Center Community College District
  • Position Number: 1418085
  • Location: Fresno, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts

Arts Laboratory Technician - PPT

State Center Community College District

Closing Date: 4/4/2019 at 11:55 PM

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Arts Laboratory Technician - PPT

$45,441.00 Annually

Districtwide, CA

Job Type

RC Division A

Job Number

4/4/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

General Purpose
Under general supervision, oversees activities of an art laboratory/studio during open hours; assists instructors in preparing materials and demonstrations for classroom and skills laboratory use, setting up equipment, providing supplies and implementing instructional programs; responds to student questions regarding procedures and requirements; explains and demonstrates the use of cameras, tools and equipment; maintains and replenishes an inventory of materials and supplies; follows procedures for the short-term loan of equipment and tools to students; ensures a clean, safe and orderly laboratory and learning environment; and performs related duties as assigned.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
  • Oversees activities in one or more assigned arts laboratories/studios during open hours; responds to student questions regarding laboratory procedures and requirements; maintains an inventory of materials and supplies for instructor and student use; ensures labs are open and ready for use during scheduled hours and that equipment is in sound working order; monitors to ensure lab closing procedures are followed; ensures a clean, safe and orderly learning environment.
  • Prepares for, sets up and dismantles equipment for instructor in-classroom demonstrations; assists with demonstrations of proper techniques and use of tools and equipment; plans the layout of equipment subject to instructor approval; sets up and tethers cameras, computers, lighting kits, microphones, camera cranes and other equipment needed for demonstrations; calibrates, maintains and performs minor repairs on cameras and other equipment.
  • Demonstrates and trains students on operations and uses of laboratory/studio equipment; responds to student questions regarding methods and techniques; assists students in adapting personal cameras and other equipment to replicate techniques and processes used in demonstrations; provides clear and concise explanations and demonstrations to facilitate student understanding and reinforce instructor teaching; answers questions on camera diagnostics, Adobe Photoshop and other specialized software and computer color calibration issues and scanner drive setup; observes students during laboratory periods, advises students on proper use and techniques and provides feedback to students and the instructor.
  • Oversees activities in art laboratory/studio involving ceramics, art welding, paper making, woodworking, jewelry making and other art specialties; formulates and mixes glazes, clays and paper pulps; lights up/turns off gas and electrical kilns; loads and unloads kilns; monitors students in the laboratory to ensure safety procedures are followed; maintains and demonstrates the safe usage of kilns, application of glazes, clay mixing, papermaking, woodworking, bronze casting and a variety of other equipment and associated tools; conducts safety inspections and prepares required safety reports.
  • Oversees and organizes an arts tool room; uses barcoding software to print barcode labels to affix to cameras and other equipment; checks out cameras and other equipment for student use on projects in accordance with established loan criteria and monitors to ensure their timely return.
  • Stocks and replenishes an inventory of materials and consumables; tracks supplies usage; prepares purchase requisitions to ensure sufficient materials for classroom and laboratory use; inspects mechanical cameras and other equipment and makes minor repairs to maintain items in sound working order; arranges for major repair or replacement of tools and equipment; performs nozzle checks on printers.
  • Maintains a photography darkroom; stores and mixes chemicals for darkroom use; arranges for the safe storage and disposal of darkroom chemicals, glazes and a variety of other hazardous materials.
  • Inspects and maintains laboratory safety equipment such as eye wash station and safety kits; conducts safety inspections and prepares required safety reports; assists in enforcing safety and security procedures in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Monitors student attendance in the lab, enters data in systems such as SARS and runs reports for distribution and review.
  • Participates in selecting, training and providing day-to-day lead work direction to student assistants performing laboratory housekeeping and other functions; assigns and monitors work for complete-ness, accuracy and conformance with District, department and legal/regulatory requirements and standards; provides information, instruction and training on work procedures and technical, legal, regulatory and safety requirements; assists in ensuring a fair, open and inclusive work environment in accordance with the District's mission, goals and values.
  • Prepares and submits requests for technology and facility repair and maintenance issues to the Information Technology department or Building Services department.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the District.

  • Provides a variety of support for student art shows and other special events including: setting up camera, audio-visual and sound system equipment; collecting digital image files of entries and resizing and printing or setting up screen views for judging; installing art work; and filming, editing and creating video presentations for events.
  • May proctor student examinations.
  • Design and print posters for the department; collect and deposit student fees for field trips.
  • Organize and maintain a variety of records and files.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

    Employment Standards / Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of:
  • Subject-matter areas relevant to area of assignment including, where applicable, concepts, work methods and processes, equipment operations, tools and specialized safety requirements applicable to the arts subject area.
  • General methods and practices of student instruction and tutoring.
  • Uses and operations of computers with standard business and specialized software applicable to areas of assigned responsibilities.
  • Methods and procedures for diagnosing, troubleshooting and resolving equipment and computer hardware and software problems in an arts laboratory environment.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • District budgeting and purchasing policies, practices and procedures.
  • District environmental safety policies and procedures and safety methods and practices applicable to the assigned laboratory.
  • Office practices and procedures, including recordkeeping.
  • If applicable, College policies and procedures and regulatory requirements governing the safe storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials and biohazards in accordance with state and federal requirements.
    Skills and Abilities to:
  • Provide day-to-day technical support to instructors in carrying out their instructional responsibilities.
  • Provide effective hands-on demonstrations, instructions, tutoring and guidance to students in applicable subject-matter areas; accurately, thoroughly and clearly answer students' subject-matter, equipment-use and technology questions.
  • Walk students through uses and operations of specialized equipment, tools, hardware and software.
  • Organize, set priorities and exercise sound, independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
  • Analyze, interpret, explain and apply technical manuals and bulletins and relevant laws, regulations, ordinances and policies.
  • Assign, provide training and inspect the work of student workers and work experience students.
  • Provide day-to-day technical support for computer hardware, peripherals and business and specialized software in assigned laboratories.
  • Demonstrate and enforce safe practices and procedures in the use of potentially dangerous tools, equipment and materials.
  • Analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and recommend or adopt effective courses of action within established guidelines.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of department and student records and information.
  • Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Operate a computer and use standard business software.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

    An associate degree or completion of a certificate program in an arts area relevant to area of assignment, and at least two years of progressively responsible experience in the relevant arts field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

    A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance program.
    A current, valid forklift operator certification may be required in certain assignments.

    The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Physical Demands
    While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit, stand and walk; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms.?Employees are frequently required to lift up to 25 pounds and frequently up to 50 pounds.

    In certain assignments, employees may be required to differentiate operating equipment sounds, stoop, kneel, bend and crouch.

    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, the ability to distinguish between basic shades and/or colors and the ability to adjust focus.

    Mental Demands
    While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work with constant interruptions; deal with dissatisfied or upset individuals; and interact with District managers, faculty, staff, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Employees in this class work under typical office or classroom conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet. In certain arts laboratories, employees work near moving mechanical parts, on uneven or slippery surfaces and are exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat and risk of electrical shock. Employees may be exposed to loud, prolonged noise. Employees may be required to wear personal protective equipment.

    The employee may be required to travel to locations other than assigned work site and to adjust to work schedule changes and requirements to work overtime.

    Assessment Process

    To move forward in the selection process, you must complete an online application through our web site at attach to your application a copy of your degree or transcripts (including when degree was awarded) or your application may be considered incomplete. Resumes may also be uploaded but cannot be used in lieu of a completed application.


    When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

    All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Personnel Commission staff will not upload your documents for you. The State Center Community College District does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.

    The application review process includes an evaluation of training and experience based on given application information and answers to supplemental questionnaire. Only the most qualified applicants, who pass the minimum qualifications review, will be invited to the assessment process.

    The assessment process will include a competency assessment (40% weight) and a performance assessment (60% weight). Passing score is 75% out of 100% on each assessment section.

    Please attach to your application a copy of your degree/transcripts/certificate (including when degree was awarded) or your application may be considered incomplete. Resumes may also be uploaded but cannot be used in in place of a completed application.

    Candidates who attain a passing score on each part of the assessment will be placed in rank order on district wide Open-Competitive List.Using the same process, a separate Promotional List will be established and both Lists will be used concurrently.Unless otherwise indicated, the eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies for at least one year. The current vacancy is a part-time, 10-month assignment at Reedley College.


    Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the State Center Community College District Personnel Commission Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

    State Center Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of State Center Community College District to provide all persons with equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, religion or similar factors as defined by law. We are a Title V employer.

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