Metalwork Technician – 3 D Making

The Glasgow School of Art

The post holder will supervise and advise students in the pursuit of innovative solutions to creative ideas working in metal and associated materials. The role will include the demonstration of the use of machinery, equipment, materials and processes in line with health and safety best practice and appropriate regulations.



  • All technical areas within the GSA are, in principal, seen as a common resource and as such will cater for staff and students from across GSA.

  • The role holder will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Reid metal workshop. They may also be asked to support work in the wood and prototyping areas as appropriate.


  • 3d Making Workshop, Reid Building.


  • Staff: Working closely as part of a team with other 3d Making technical staff (approx. 12.5 FTE)

  • Working with technical staff from across TSD (approx. 35)

  • Academic staff from across the school

  • Administrative and professional support staff from across the school

  • Students

  • The 3d Making Workshop is available to students from across GSA but has a capacity of 40 at a time.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Operation of and training & advising students in the safe use of equipment within the 3DMaking Workshops including supervision of students during workshop hours, ensuring their health and safety;

  • Advising and demonstrating to students appropriate techniques and safe operation of equipment and materials in accordance with the needs of the academic programmes;

  • Conducting induction of safe working practices in the workshop and to issue permits to work within the workshop, where appropriate;

  • Maintenance of machinery and equipment involved in the above activities;

  • Supporting and assisting students and staff in the preparation of required projects;

  • Preparation of materials and equipment for teaching sessions;

  • Preparation of training and induction documentation and materials;

  • Completion of health and safety documentation in line with relevant statutory responsibilities and school guidance;

  • Stock control, ordering and sourcing of materials;

  • Ensuring high levels of housekeeping are maintained in the workshop;

  • Development of a comprehensive range of teaching samples;

  • Security and general upkeep of workshop tools and equipment in line with health and safety requirements;

  • Other administrative duties related to workshop operation as required;

  • Be responsible for the quality of support provision and contribute to future developments of support provision through attendance at appropriate departmental meetings;

  • Attend appropriate training courses as required as part of GSA’s staff development programme;

  • Some regular evening work will be required.

  • Any other duties as reasonably requested by the Line Manager/ Head of Dept

  • A good standard of general education, HND level (or equivalent) qualification in a related area, and/or experience of working within a related discipline;

  • Experience in the safe operation and maintenance of workshop equipment, relevant certification is desirable;

  • A high level of skill and ability to work to an expert standard, both in accuracy and finish;

  • An extensive knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of making techniques to a professional standard;

  • Significant experience of sculptural, product design, engineering, architectural or other types of fabrication and prototyping;

  • Familiarity with relevant CAD packages such as Autodesk, Rhino, Adobe Suite etc.;

  • Experience of working within a relevant discipline, either in industry, on a consultancy basis or in an educational environment;

  • A sound knowledge of health and safety regulations and procedures;

Skills and attributes

  • Excellent inter-personal skills for dealing with students, staff and immediate colleagues;

  • A motivated team player;

  • Well-developed organisational skills, including the ability to manage own workloads without close supervision;

  • A professional attitude;

  • An enthusiastic and flexible approach to experimentation and diverse student ideas;

  • A proactive approach towards awareness of new materials, techniques & processes and updating personal skills;

  • A proactive and committed approach towards Health and Safety issues;

  • Committed to equality and diversity

How to Apply

Closing date for submission of completed applications: Midnight 12th February 2019.

Please apply online at:

The Glasgow School of Art is an equal opportunities employer.

Posted on January 28