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Science Workshop Technician, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 14283

Updated: March 7, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Science Workshop in the Faculty of Science is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Science Workshop Technician.

Reporting to the Technical Manager, the Technician is responsible for assisting faculty, staff and students in pursuit of technically inclined academic and research goals. Considered an authority in their field, the incumbent will have in-depth knowledge and be a fully proficient technical practitioner as this position involves a large amount of hands-on mechanical ability that includes machining, and design of unique apparatus. Frequent interaction with internal and external groups requires a high level of discretion, flexibility and integrity to ensure positive outcomes. Proper time management is also essential, as the incumbent must be capable of working on several projects simultaneously where priorities constantly change.

The Technician must be excellent at problem solving to combat consistently high workloads. Due to the standards expected there is a substantial impact of errors. Stress resulting from work pressure is significant, as mistakes would seriously affect the credibility and reputation of the Faculty of Science and the University of Calgary.

Work performed in an environment with potentially dangerous situations and working with machinery with a moderate to high physical demand. This is a regular, full-time position, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Customer Service:

  • Positive working relationship with faculty, support staff, undergraduate and graduate students
  • Co-operation and collaboration with other internal and external clients to establish a cohesive and informative environment
  • Work directly with clients assisting in design, development and material selection for a wide variety of projects required throughout the university
  • Responsible for completing tasks and duties in a professional and timely manner
  • Assesses a variety of situations to provide the best and most cost effective solutions
  • Provide leadership and guidance to apprentices and students both graduate and undergraduate        


  • Responsible for the design and fabrication of equipment for use in teaching or research laboratories
  • Ensures the repair and maintenance of equipment involved in student teaching laboratories and research projects
  • Ensures that the workshop is operated and maintained in a fully functional manner
  • Ensures equipment and machinery is maintained in a safe and operational state
  • Operation of manual, lathes, mills, grinders, and various related machines and accessories
  • Programming and operation of CNC machining centers and turning centers
  • Utilize advanced CAD software to design projects, work with CAM software to program CNC equipment for manufacturing the designed components
  • Inspection, repair and fabrication of vacuum pumps and systems
  • Maintenance, training and repair of Chem. Stores Liquid Nitrogen storage and distribution equipment

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Journeyman Machinist with an interprovincial red seal and at least five years of directly related experience
  • Extensive knowledge and application of all types of machining is required
  • A strong mechanical background with the through working knowledge in related trades including sheet metal and welding is essential
  • Thorough knowledge of materials and the characteristics of metals, plastics and composites for machining and fabrication
  • Demonstrated ability to reason and systematically troubleshoot many different types of problems is required
  • Requires strong analytical, organizational, time management and problem solving skills, while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and deal with multiple simultaneous priorities in an effective, efficient manner
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), as well as strong listening skills are required
  • Must be highly goal-driven and exhibit the ability to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Able to work within a collaborative setting with others to set clear priorities while managing multiple timelines and objectives
  • Advanced computer skills including proficiency with the Microsoft Office, SolidWorks, Mastercam, navigating the internet, and utilizing email are also required
  • Thorough knowledge of vacuum pumps and systems
  • Thorough knowledge of Liquid Nitrogen storage and distribution equipment
  • Strong background in trade related safety and the correct use of safety procedures as they relate to the workshop and OHSA

Application Deadline:   December 10, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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