School of Visual Arts
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

DEPARTMENT: Visible Futures Lab

REPORTS TO: Lab Director and Lab Managers

POSITION OVERVIEW: Provide support for lab operations


  • Maintain lab operating hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Operate tools including CNC (Computer Numerical Control) devices, 3D printers, 3D scanners, VR equipment, laser cutters, vinyl printer/cutters, sewing and embroidery machines, table saw, band saw, vertical mill, lathe, acrylic bender, and soldering tools.
  • Create material and machine forecasts to assist with lab direction, planning, and budgeting.
  • Assist with special events, projects, presentations, artist in residency (AiR), and exhibitions.
  • Assist with creating content for social media and digital platforms.
  • Perform maintenance and keep lab facilities, equipment, and workstations in working order.
  • Maintain a safe environment by keeping workspaces clean, approving materials used within the lab, and overseeing proper use of lab equipment.
  • Supervise, guide, and assist graduate students, artists in residence, staff, and faculty on lab policies, safety procedures, and the proper and safe usage of fabrication equipment, shop tools, techniques, and their applications.
  • Assist students with the software and hardware necessary to operate tools and equipment.
  • Provide support, mentorship, and expertise for graduate students with project planning, design, and fabrication best practices.
  • Help out with general and miscellaneous tasks around the lab when needed.


  • College degree in technology or design-based fields.
  • Minimum 2 years of shop, set, and/or fabrication experience.
  • Experience in working with a variety of materials and tools.
  • Fabric and sewing machine knowledge a plus.
  • 3D and/or 2D design software proficiency a plus.
  • Electronics design and microcontroller experience is a plus.
  • Detail-oriented, strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently, troubleshoot technical issues and maintain focus while handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Safety minded.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of administrative staff, faculty, students, visitors, and prospective students.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.

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