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Metal Shop Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Architecture, Arts, and Design
Department: School of Architecture
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Facilities / Skilled Trades

Job Description

The School of Architecture and Design is currently seeking a Metal Shop Technician to assist in the management of the activities and supervision of students in the Burchard Metal Shop. This position provides instruction, safety, and maintenance of existing machinery, including highly technical digital machinery, advanced computer aided design and manufacturing methods, 3D modeling, manufacturing processes, machine shop practices, welding, and plastics fabrication techniques to students, faculty and shop technicians.

The metal shop technician supervises and instructs students, faculty and other users on a variety of research, design, class assigned and thesis related projects; manages Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machinery, software, Gcode programming and variables, maintenance, and calibrations for all labs in the college.

Required Qualifications

Training and experience utilizing computers and computer operated machinery.
Demonstrated experience with a full range of metal shop machinery, equipment, and tools; computer aided design; and metal fabrication, woodworking, and plastics.
Ability to demonstrate, train, and instruct students on proper usage and handling of equipment and tools.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with a large and diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Preferred Qualifications

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Machine Technology or equivalent training or experience.
Experience with metal shop equipment and machinery.

Materials Submission

Please submit your resume, cover letter and three professional reference letters prior to the review date.  

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience 

Review Date

Monday, June 6, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check, safe driving record and drug screening.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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