Teaching Technician - Engineering Design and Build

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • UoA Department Name: Technical Services
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term
  • Position Number: 55566834

Job Description

  • Seeking engineering machinists and fabricators (mills, lathes, MIG welding)
  • Share your technical expertise to teach our future Engineers
  • Two positions, 2 year fixed term


Run our Fabricating and Prototyping Engineering Workshop, introducing students to mechanical tools and workshop skills - supporting them to apply their learning in a practical setting.

Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha | Faculty of Engineering

Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau | The University of Auckland

Two opportunities, both on a 2 year fixed-term contract

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are looking for two Teaching Technicians to support our Engineering Design programmes.

We want our students to practically apply their theoretical knowledge; learn the value of prototyping, reviewing and iterating; nurture their curiosity; and to gain the skills that will make them effective Engineers. Our Fabricating and Prototyping Workshop is one place where students can get this hands-on experience.

The Teaching Technicians are responsible for running this workshop, which includes:

  • building a safe and welcoming environment for students of all mechanical skill levels
  • helping students learn safe equipment use as they develop their practical skills
  • overseeing all practical learning, teaching, and research activity conducted in the workshop
  • working with academic colleagues to plan out practical learning and teaching activities
  • working with colleagues to plan further workshop development and expansion
  • making sure the labs themselves are well stocked, the equipment is maintained, and the highest levels of safety are upheld

The Fabricating and Prototyping Workshop is still in an early stage, so you’ll have the opportunity to help shape the tools, layout, and culture in the space. We’re starting with basic workshop tools; will soon add support for milling, turning, and welding; and plan to grow our capabilities over time.

The successful candidates will become part of a larger team of Teaching Technicians responsible for supporting student learning across the Faculty’s Multidisciplinary Learning Spaces (MDLSs), labs, and workshops.

He kōrero mōu | About you

Our ideal candidates will:

  • have a welcoming attitude towards novice machinists
  • understand the importance of empowering students to learn and create through experience and exploration
  • have a trade qualification or significant relevant experience in a technical engineering role (in an industry setting)
  • have demonstrated safe and effective mentorship of novice technicians in mechanical workshop tools, mills, lathes, and MIG welding
  • have experience implementing and managing Health & Safety protocols and practices relevant to engineering workshops
  • have very good verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate well with people from a range of backgrounds, experience levels and cultures.

For more detailed information about the responsibilities and requirements of the role, please review the Position Description

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About us

Our faculty has a strong and innovative vision for the future, delivering learning and research excellence to enable our students to thrive and succeed and become graduates who make a positive impact on their community and world around them. The faculty also enjoys a brand new, purpose built Engineering building, housing state of the art labs, workshops and facilities.

Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha - The Faculty of Engineering is large and multi-faceted, and maintains a strong culture of excellence in research and student-centric learning. The faculty is also committed to Mātauranga Māori - the unique Māori way of viewing the world – encompassing traditional knowledge and culture – and actively seeking meaningful ways to reflect this in our teaching, research, and how we work together.

Find out more about our faculty via the links below:

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices and a culture that supports work-life balance
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

We also offer discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, discounted onsite childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Sunday 18th April 2021 and include an up to date CV outlining your experience.

If you have any questions about this role, please get in touch with Clare McLaren, Technical Services Manager for a confidential discussion on [email protected] 

While we are happy to answer questions by email, we ask that applications are submitted online

Additional Information

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy  to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.  

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

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