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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 263037-US
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Stagecraft and Technical Arts

Job Summary:

The TFD Studio Technician is charged with maintaining the organization of supplies and tools within the studios of the Department of Design Studies. In the dye kitchen the Studio Technician is responsible for collecting and archiving the recipes in a binder, organizing a binder of samples of fabric so students know where to order proper supplies for their projects, and making sure proper safety signage is on display.

Additionally, the Studio Technician will monitor the shared dye chemicals, emulsion and stripper, rust remover, printer ink, and make an order request when items are running low. When the supplies arrive, the Studio Technician will be responsible for restocking the dye lab. There will also be general lab maintenance including: cleaning and organizing, floors, tables, shelves, hood, pots and tools. There will also be times where the technician will coordinate and organize donated materials.

Other tools that the Studio Technician will be responsible for maintaining include iron/iron board, sewing machines, sergers, exposure table and wash booth, dress forms, big printer, etc. Other tasks include preparing dye concentrates, indigo set up and emulsion mixing. Once a semester the technician will help maintain the digital looms by winding new warps and threading the machine.

The Studio Technician will be charged with helping students prepare silk screens, set up looms and use large scale textile printers.

Responsibilities: Provides technical support to arts program and production as well as costume design. Assists in the construction, maintenance, operation, and striking of technical elements.
  • 50% Cleans, inspects, maintains, and repairs arts equipment including, but not limited to, instruments, studio equipment, lighting, audio visual, theater equipment, and/or production spaces
  • 25% Supports installation, maintenance, and striking of assigned projects within specified timeframe and budget
  • 25% Assists with the use of equipment, systems, and on-site coordination as required
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


H.S. Diploma


Qualified candidates will have the experience and skills:
- Demonstrated experience providing exceptional customer service
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to translate technical information into understandable and usable information for students
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and contribute in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
- Ability to manage and adapt to changing priorities
- Demonstrated track record of working collaboratively with a diverse team
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Schedule:

This position will be expected to work 12 hours per week. Typically the schedule will be either 1 PM-7PM Mondays and Tuesdays or Tuesdays and Wednesdays depending on need of the department and the course schedule. These days and/or times may fluctuate as relates to the Design Studios needs.

This position will work fewer hours during the summer and may have a seasonal break at that time.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 30% - 100%

This position is posted at a range of 30-100% to provide flexibility to the department to meet studio needs.  Currently we are seeking someone who would work 30% (12 hours per week)

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $20.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

DESIGN STUDIES DEPARTMENT: The Design Studies Department is a vibrant community that approaches design from a broad range of disciplinary and practice-based approaches, and supports a range of undergraduate (Textile and Fashion Design, Interior Architecture, third major underway) and graduate programs (MFA, PhD, and Masters of Design & Innovation). The Textile and Fashion Design Program, rooted in studio practice and cultural context, is currently undergoing a program revision to focus on producing graduates who are responsible, resourceful, and research-driven about the place of textiles and fashion in global societies, cultural, economies, and environments.

THE CENTER FOR DESIGN AND MATERIAL CULTURE: The Center for Design and Material Culture is the primary destination for the multi-disciplinary study of material culture and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with particular focus on the study of design, material culture, and textile. This vision is supported by the rich resources of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, two galleries, the Ruth Davis Gallery and the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, and the SoHE Innovation Studio.

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 1,600 students, and 100 graduate students. See 

UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 6 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See 

How to Apply:

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To apply for the position you will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three professional references, including your current or most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.


Nancy Andrews
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Arts Technician(AR011)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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