Digital Design and Fabrication Specialist -- University of Arizona Libraries

Post date: July 6, 2022


Posting Number: req10809

Department: Student Learning & Engagement

Department Website Link:

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona Libraries seek a Digital Design and Fabrication Specialist for CATalyst Studios, the new makerspace and digital research center in the Main Library. This space includes a makerspace, a virtual/augmented reality and media studio, a data studio with a data visualization wall, and adjacent classrooms. CATalyst Studios is a hub of collaborative, hands-on learning through deep engagement with technology that enables UA students to achieve academic success as well as prepare for the modern workplace. CATalyst Studios is part of the Experiential Learning Unit within the Student Learning and Engagement Department (SLE).

The Digital Design and Fabrication Specialist will support users in learning to design and fabricate with the tools and technologies of the CATalyst Studios. This can include developing 3d models to be used in immersive environments or to be fabricated with 3d printers. Other fabrication tools include laser cutters, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, vinyl cutters and sewing machines. This incumbent will manage technology, both software and hardware, in the CATalyst Studios, including training, troubleshooting, maintenance, budgeting, and training others to use the range of technologies offered. With key responsibilities to keep the technologies accessible and well-maintained, safety is a critical aspect of this position.

This incumbent will help CATalyst Studios stay up-to-date with new and emerging technologies, which requires strong knowledge in using various technologies, as well as with the latest trends and how users are affected by these shifts. In addition to being out on the floor supporting the day-to-day use of the Studios by clients and student workers, this position has oversight of longer term projects. The Specialist will also be encouraged to engage in and develop new projects that support the mission of the CATalyst Studios.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities


  • Oversees physical and virtual maker technology, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, virtual reality headsets, green screen room, and data visualization wall in CATalyst Studios: trains staff and student workers in Maker, VR/AR and data studios; provides hands-on assistance during faculty-led classes; maintains, troubleshoots, deploys, and purchases relevant tools and technologies; develops and deploys training curricula and materials in cooperation with departmental colleagues.

  • Develops programming to support users at all skill levels in the creative applications of immersive technology and fabrication tools.

  • Supervises students in the proper use of and training to use tools and technologies in the studios.

  • Ensures safety of library users, employees, and security of library materials through application of library and University policies and procedures.

  • Proactively develops and fosters learning communities, including supporting peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

  • Contributes to development of assessment tools, and collects and analyzes data related to the use of the Studios and the needs of users.

  • Coordinates and schedules digital exhibitions for the data visualization wall and other public exhibition spaces.

  • Builds and maintains excellent relations with faculty, students, and the broader campus community.

  • Triages consultation requests and provides drop-in and scheduled sessions.

  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and Libraries.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Familiarity with one or more 3D modeling software including, but not limited to, Solidworks, Fusion 360, SketchUP, Unity, Blender.

  • Demonstrated skills in instruction.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.

  • Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem‐solving skills.

  • Ability to conceive of, plan, document, and complete projects or complex assignments.

  • Ability to embrace ambiguity in a changing environment.

  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work both independently and collegially on a team.

  • Demonstrated commitment to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.

  • Initiative, optimism, flexibility, and follow‐through.

  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.

  • 3 years of relevant work experience related; OR any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a makerspace or similar technology-rich environment.

  • Experience instructing, formal or informal, online or in-person.

  • Experience with at least one or more 3D modeling software, including, but not limited to, Solidworks, Fusion 360, SketchUP, Unity, Blender.

  • Experience in budget management, including financial planning and projecting, monitoring expenditures, and developing budgetary solution.

  • Master’s degree.

  • Experience working in an academic environment.

  • Experience with digital tools and methods in research and/or teaching.

  • Supervisory experience.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Libraries

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $50,000 - $60,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Grade: 7

Career Stream and Level: PC2

Job Family: Library Services

Job Function: Libraries

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Target Hire Date: 8/22/2022

Contact Information for Candidates: Armando Cruz

Open Date: 7/5/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant: To ensure your application materials are considered, please submit your application by the first review date of July 20, 2022

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.