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STUDIO ART TECHNOLOGIST, PRINTMAKING: School of the Arts, McMaster University

Unit Description:

The successful candidate will assist faculty and students supporting teaching and research associated with the studio. He or she will maintain the print studios, equipment and contribute to the general management of the art studios working with the existing studio technologist.

Job Summary:

Responsible for managing and monitoring University art studios, technical facilities, and equipment. Ensure adequate support for curricular needs and compliance with all health and safety and security requirements as outlined by the University and provincial statutes. Provide information, technical assistance, and direction to studio users.

Key Functions:

  • Provide preventative maintenance to the studios and equipment to ensure the space and its facilities are in good working order.
  • Prepare studios for classes by cleaning, mixing acids for student use, replenishing supplies and setting up and giving
  • Demonstrations in machine and material handling.
  • Develop studio guidelines, policies and regulations regarding student health and safety.
  • Create safety posters specific to the art studios.
  • Design and fabricate specific art studio equipment such as tables, and lithography roller holders.
  • Write a variety of documents such as correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Conduct research to identify safer and more environmentally responsible options for the print studio.
  • Assist faculty in implementing new technologies and processes that keep the studio up-to-date.
  • Work in partnership with faculty to integrate print media with other studio areas.
  • Monitor budgets and purchase studio equipment and consumables.
  • Gather and compile information pertaining to future equipment and material purchases.
  • Obtain quotes for new machinery purchases.
  • Screen and inspect shipments of studio supplies and materials.
  • Calculate ratios for mixing chemical solutions for preparation of weekly studio courses.
  • Balance monthly credit card statements.
  • Troubleshoot and repair machinery and equipment failures.
  • Provide advice and solutions to students who are completing art studio projects.
  • Greet high school students attending academic portfolio interviews and provide tours of the studio art facilities.
  • Plan and coordinate workshops in collaboration with faculty.
  • Provide studio art facilities training to users.
  • Conduct all studio art training workshops on a variety of topics such as relief and intaglio.
  • Provide demonstrations on the operation of all audio-visual equipment in the studio.


  • Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, or related field.
  • Requires 2 years of relevant experience.


It is an asset to have an MFA or relevant experience in the field of printmaking. The specific areas of required expertise include relief, intaglio, stone lithography and screen printing, including photo-based/digital approaches. Knowledge of printing from Epson large format printer, and experience working with Photoshop is important.

Attention to detail, organizational and communication skills, and commitment to the critical role played by the studio technologist are vital. The studio program offers painting drawing, digital media and sculpture (foundry, ceramics, woodworking and metal fabrication), in addition to printmaking. It is desirable that the candidate possesses knowledge of media areas beyond printmaking and welcomes the challenge of learning new skills. We are seeking individuals with an interest in contributing to a curriculum that promotes integration between media and can support student exhibitions and community-based initiatives.

Please note that some weekend hours may occasionally be required to support recruitment events.

Additional Information:

The studio program at McMaster is committed to promoting a safe studio environment where environmental responsibility is integrated into daily practice. The successful candidate must be interested in supporting print practices that explore safer and more environmentally sound options in printmaking.

Applicants are asked to submit 20 images of print-based work demonstrating their proficiency in the field.

How to Apply:

Apply directly on our posting page:

See Staff Positions – Studio Art Tech, Printmaking, Job 16814

Closing date is November 12, 2017

Contact: Christine Speare-van Vugt,, 905-525-9140 ext 24260





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