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UWT Makerspace Student Technology Assistant - UW Tacoma Library

Posted September 13, 2022. Closes October 02, 2022.


UW Tacoma Library

Job Title:

UWT Makerspace Student Technology Assistant

Date Posted:

September 13, 2022

Closing Date:

October 02, 2022


$17.27 per hour

Number of Openings: 1-2


Up to 19.5 hours per week. Schedule variable.


Technology that this student position would support in the new Makerspace includes:

  • 3D printer
  • Raspberry Pi kits
  • A vinyl cutter
  • A tool library which the Library will fund and make available to campus
  • A Universal Laser Systems VLS2.3 laser cutter/engraver
  • A Brother LB7000 Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • A poster printer

This student would be an invaluable resource for peer-to-peer mentoring for all student users and will extend the longevity of the machines in the space by supporting preventative maintenance and instruction on proper use.

Additional Duties:

  • Training: Quarterly training for staff near the Makerspace. Library staff will need to be trained in basic operations and troubleshooting of all equipment. But this person will hold quarterly workshops that all staff (Library, TLC, and CEI) will be able to attend should they want to provide support for these devices.
  • Workshops: Monthly training for students on campus covering each of the different maker technologies.
  • Safety: Ensure that the space is safe for students and staff. Help develop and review safety policies.
  • Control access to equipment: limit access to the equipment to authorized students only.
  • Maintenance of equipment: all maker technology requires periodic maintenance.
  • Trouble-shooting: basic and advanced tech support for students using the makerspace. Under the general supervision of the Head of Library Information Technology, assist and instruct Library patrons in the use of computer software and hardware. (For example: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat, web editing , scanning, printing, and file transfer applications).
  • Assist in the maintenance of and re-imaging of computer workstations in the Learning Commons and all staff computers in the Library.
  • Provide in-person and telephone technical support for on and off-campus access to resources.
  • Provide in-person and telephone technical support for other LARC computing needs such as assisting patrons with printing, computer logons, room reservations, and wi-fi logons.
  • Circulate and assist in the maintenance of circulating laptop computers and other technology checked out at the Learning Commons service desk.
  • Assist the Head of Library IT with maintenance of several PHP/MySQL applications.
  • Assist the Head of Library IT with web design and maintenance for both the Library web site and the Learning Commons web site.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

    • A strong commitment to providing high quality customer service

    • Ability to learn new software and adapt to the changing needs of the UWT Library and Learning and Research Commons.

    • Able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.

    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office including, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

    • A strong commitment to building an anti-racist, anti-oppression workplace.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot computer hardware/software/connectivity problems.
    • Experience working independently and collaboratively to resolve issues and provide support.
    • Familiarity with HTML, PHP/MySQL, and Java.

    Additional information:

    This position will directly support the operations of the UW Tacoma Library Makerspace set to open with the completion of the Learning Commons Project in October 2021.

    Located in the Snoqualmie building, adjacent to the CE&I and the Library IT help desk, we see this new Makerspace as a drop-in facility for students to explore and use maker technology and build community with like-minded makers.

    We are eager to design an inclusive Makerspace which appeals to a variety of makers, from folks who are interested in fabric arts like sewing and costume making to students who want to use the laser cutter to etch and cut a robot body. We see this space as a campus-wide resource which appeals to all students from the arts to the sciences.

    Application Process:

    1. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.
      • Resumé
      • Cover letter
    2. Activate UW G Suite for your NetID if you have not already done so.
    3. Log in to the Google forms site with your UW NetID account to fill out an application form and upload your resumé.

    Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

    If you have questions about the position, please contact Tim Bostelle, Head of Information Technology at UWT (tbostell@uw.edu)

    Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

    For additional information or questions regarding student job opportunities, or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator, UW Libraries:
    Erik Dahl