Instructional Support and MakerSpace Technician

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Work type: Staff
Location: Maritime Academy
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services


Working Title: Instructional Support and MakerSpace Technician

Classification Title: Instructional Support Technician III

Department Name: School of Engineering

Time Base: Full-time

Pay Plan: 12 month 

Bargaining Unit:  9, CSUEU

Employment Type: Probationary/Permanent

Salary Range: $4,283-$7,430 per month. Hiring salary is budgeted at $5,400 - $5,600 per month commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits: Premium benefit package includes outstanding health, dental and vision plans; life and disability insurances; pension (CalPERS); tuition fee waiver; and 14 paid holidays per year. See our benefits website for additional information.

Application Deadline: Open until filled. A review of applications will begin Friday, June 10, 2022 and the review period may end at any time thereafter.

Position Summary:   Under supervision of the Dean, School of Engineering, the incumbent performs comprehensive instructional support services for the School of Engineering laboratories and the Makerspace. In collaboration with faculty and staff, the Instructional Support Technician coordinates and supervises the training and mentoring of faculty, staff and student users in the Makerspace and the use of the equipment and materials. This incumbent participates in establishing and ensuring safety procedures and provides training and oversight of student assistants in the Makerspace and laboratory spaces.

About California State University Maritime Academy:

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy, a campus of the California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located on the scenic Vallejo waterfront, the campus serves a student population of approximately 1000 undergraduates and 50 graduate students.

Cal Maritime offers seven baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, Facilities Engineering Technology, Marine Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Transportation and Oceanography. The undergraduate curriculum includes licensing programs for future merchant marine, coast guard and naval reserve officers. Cal Maritime also offers a Master of Science in Transportation and Engineering Management degree, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.

Major Responsibilities:

Engineering laboratories – performs a wide variety of technical and instructional support.

In coordination with the equipment staff technician, department chairs and faculty

    • Collaborate with faculty in the development of teaching aids and safety standards for classroom delivery.
    • Purchase, store, and organize supplies for the engineering labs, including the fluids lab, electronics lab and controls lab.
    • Provide consultation to faculty on student capstone senior project realization.

Makerspace – performs a wide variety of technical equipment and instructional support.

  • Ensure that the Makerspace lab is clean and organized.
  • Repair, maintain, overhaul, assemble, install design, fabricate, modify and/or construct equipment used in the Makerspace.
  • Train and provide lead work direction to student workers
  • Assist users with projects
  • Manage space access and training.  Develop schedules for training sessions and use of space.
  • Research resources for buying equipment and supplies. Place supply and equipment orders as budgeted, under the supervision of the Dean
  • Coordinates programming and workshops
  • Manage inventory of consumables and supplies and purchase supplies as approved. 
  • Maintains records and prepares reports as requested. Work with faculty to assist in the development of new instructional offerings.

Safety Coordination

In coordination with Department Chairs, equipment technician and faculty:

    • Monitor Makerspace and class spaces to maintain a clean and safe working environment.
    • Assist in monitoring safe practices with regard to maintenance and operation of laboratory and Makerspace equipment.
    • Require all users of campus hand tools and machinery to have proper training and demonstrate competency before use.

Student Assistant Lead Direction

In cooperation with Department Chairs, equipment technician and faculty:

    • Develop and maintain current job descriptions for student assistants.
    • Advertise student worker opportunities as approved by the Dean.
    • Train student assistants to set-up, use and store Makerspace manufacturing equipment.
    • Train and monitor student assistants on proper safety standards and proper use of personal safety equipment (PSE).
    • Develop schedules for student assistants that includes workdays, after hours and weekend assignments and participant contact information, including support to the Physics laboratory
    • Track and maintain student assistant attendance and submit on a timely basis.

Required Qualifications:

Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of the principles and methods related to performing support services; knowledge of the principles, information, methods and techniques related to discipline to which assigned; knowledge of the materials and supplies related to the curriculum, their characteristics, and uses.

Ability to plan, organize and schedule work; ability to operate and repair technical and scientific equipment; ability to coordinate support service to meet a comprehensive variety of needs; ability to develop off-campus resources related to the discipline for obtaining materials or equipment.



Equivalent to four years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to specialty area to which assigned.


Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the specialty area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience preferred
  • Basic fabrication, construction and electrical service abilities
  • Ability to use electronic testing equipment, hand and power tools.
  • Experience with 3D CAD design, designing and manufacturing electronic devices, carpentry, metalworking, sewing, print making, vacuum forming, sign making, and other basic fabrication skills
  • Experience using rapid prototyping equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, circuit board routers, waterjet machines, plasma cutters and vacuum forming machines.

Special Conditions: 

  • Is exposed to excessive noise
  • Is around moving machinery
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity
  • Is exposed to dust, fumes, gases, radiation, microwave

Physical, Mental and Environmental Conditions: Up to 40% of the activities involve sitting,

standing, squatting, kneeling or walking; involves lifting heavy weight objects limited to 50 pounds; may involve pushing and pulling objects within the weight limits.

Background Check: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check and fingerprinting) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Mandated Reporter: The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

Designated Position: This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Eligibility to Work:  Applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the United States within three days of the date of hire.

Title IX: Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:

EEO Statement: Cal Maritime is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable Accommodations will be provided to applicants with qualifying disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Benefits Coordinator at (707) 654-1146.

Application Procedure: Click "APPLY NOW" to complete the Cal Maritime Online Employment Application and attach the following documents: cover letter and resume. 

Disclaimer: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained may be modified or changed.

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