Technical Officer

  • University of New South Wales
  • Australia, NSW
  • Jul 20, 2021
Science Part-time

Job Description:

Technical Officer

Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture

The Opportunity

The Technical Officer position provides expert knowledge and technical skills that facilitate the school’s academic programs, and provides technical support to staff and students, while applying and monitoring the appropriate Work Health and Safety procedures and guidelines.

Experience in everyday textiles applications such as fashion, furniture, print, manchester, art, sculpture, and/or jewellery is necessary. Successful candidates will boast prior experience in a high-paced, client centric, education, textiles environment.

Relevant skills required include sewing, knitting, weaving, tufting, embroidery, and felting. Expertise in eco steaming, immersive dyeing, thermoplastics, sublimation, digital printing, and screen printing also desirable but not essential. Experience in other student centric educational workshops will also be looked at favourably.

Based in the Making Centre’s Textiles studio this role will also contribute to supporting activities across the Art & Design Making Centre.


In addition to relevant skills required to adequately support particular workshop(s), specific accountabilities for this role include:

At Level 5:

  • Support students and staff in the workshop environment according to a rotating roster whilst taking all care to provide a safe and effective workshop environment.
  • Demonstration of training programs and induction processes.
  • Provide fabrication, jewellery making, model making, printing, ceramics, or digital fabrication advice to students.
  • Instructing and guiding users of the workshops on materials and technical processes to facilitate the completion of individual and group projects.
  • Preparation of resources for use in the teaching of the Faculty’s courses.
  • Maintain and service machines and equipment, adhering to and keeping maintenance registers and WHS documentation.
  • Responsibility for replenishing consumables and opening/ closing procedures in the relevant workshop.
  • Establishing and nurturing a vibrant community of confident hands-on makers.
  • Have input to future online content to promote the effective use of equipment, software, and hardware.
  • Support the creation of a student centric environment that fosters an open, investigative, experimental, and interdisciplinary approach to making.
  • Assist in the maintenance of a functional and organised workshop environment.
  • Maintain and update administrative systems for WHS training and induction processes.
  • Undertake and maintain first aid certification and other WHS training as provided by the employer.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSWCode of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

In addition to Level 5, at Level 6:

Please ensure you address all the Skills & Experiences required, as listed in the Position Description, on a separate document.

Download File Position Description - Technical Officer Lvl 5-6.pdf

Steve Lalic - Talent Acquisition Consultant

E: [email protected]

Applications close: Monday 9th August 2021 10.00pm (AEST)

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the skills & experience to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).