Technician, Digital Fabrication Lab

Melbourne, Australia
$71,099 - $75,458 p.a. plus 17% super (pro-rata for Part-time)
22 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Part Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Part Time; Continuing
Faculty: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Salary: UOM 4 – $71,099 - $75,458 p.a. plus 17% super (pro-rata for Part-time)

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 Wurrung 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 - Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is the leading educational and research institution in the Asia-Pacific region addressing the design and realisation of inhabited environments. It actively seeks to extend the linkages between education, research and practice in the built environment, and maintains excellent and extensive relationships with members of the built environment professions, government, professional associations and the wider community. 

The Faculty has nearly 170 staff and approximately 3000 students, one third of whom are international. It is responsible for the undergraduate Bachelor of Environments degree, and offers majors in architecture, landscape architecture, property, construction, and urban design and planning.

The Faculty’s graduate school, the Melbourne School of Design teaches accredited masters courses across the professional disciplines of Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban Design and Urban Planning.

About the Role

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.

The Digital Fabrication Lab is led by the Digital Fabrication Lab Coordinator who is assisted by the Lead Technician, Technicians, and casual Student Intern Technicians. The Technician, under the guidance of Digital Fabrication Coordinator and Lead Technician, will primarily be responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of advanced fabrication equipment such CNC routers, metal laser cutters and 3d printers. The Technician will also contribute to the daily operation of the facility assisting students with fabrication queries, conducting consultations and assisting the Maker Spaces Management Team with the delivery of core services as part of the FabLab bureau service and open access

Responsibilities include:

  • Efficiently and effectively operating advanced fabrication equipment, problem solving complex fabrication problems and processing jobs as part of the bureau fabrication service, ensuring all jobs adhere to quality standards.
  • Ensuring practice of established OHS and safety protocols. Reporting to the Digital Fabrication Lab Coordinator any issues or changes required to processes and protocols to continually improve safety practices.
  • Liaising with the Digital Fabrication Coordinator and Lead Technician to implement and maintain a maintenance plan.
  • Providing input and feedback to the Digital Fabrication Lab Coordinator regarding staff training processes in the use of complex fabrication equipment to ensure equipment is operated safely and efficiently.
  • Monitoring consumables and advising the Digital Fabrication Lab Coordinator and Lead Technician regarding consumable ordering, organization and storage.
  • Contributing 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.
  • Providing support to students regarding complex digital fabrication problems or projects requiring the use of advanced digital fabrication equipment.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will have high level interpersonal/communication skills and effective customer service abilities, with a demonstrated capability to communicate information effectively to diverse groups. You will bring an ability to work under general direction as an effective member of a team as well as demonstrated self-motivation.

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 with computer aided design software.
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills and a logical approach to troubleshooting in a workshop environment.

Special Requirements

  • The incumbent will be required to maintain current OHS training including First Aid (level 2) certification, OHS Roles & Responsibilities, Hazard Identification and Incident Management amongst others, with training to be provided by the Faculty.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

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 cover letter outlining your interest and experience. Please include a concise portfolio or relevant digital fabrication work. Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

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

Applications close: Sunday, 5 February 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0058344_Technician - Digital Fabrication Lab_PD.pdf

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