Studio Technician

Sep 19 2022
Honolulu Museum of Art |Honolulu|Full Time
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Job Status: Full-Time, FLSA Exempt

Job Hours: 

Wednesday - Sunday 8:00am – 5:00pm. 

Some evenings, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

Job Summary: 

Under the general direction of the Studio Programs Manager, the Studio Technician is responsible for the maintenance and handling procedures of studio spaces and equipment at the Art School, with an emphasis on safety. The position monitors, maintains, and sees to the repair of studio equipment with a focus on ceramics and metals. When necessary, and in consultation with the Studio Programs Manager, the Technician arranges for major or specialized repairs with outside vendors.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Studio Arts and at least 1 year of experience operating, maintaining, and repairing technical equipment in a ceramics and metal studio settings. 
  • A background assisting professional artists in art studio settings.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of workplace safety and health standards and best practices for safe handling procedures of hazardous materials and equipment common in art and design processes.
  • A familiarity of equipment, materials, and techniques across 3D media such as ceramics, sculpture, or metal working. 
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of staff, volunteers and students; ability to interact with a wide variety of constituencies on and off campus 
  • Highly organized, tactful, and flexible 
  • Understanding of Honolulu Museum of Art’s established identity and dedication to advancing it. 
  • Intelligent self-starter who is committed to the museum’s mission. 
  • The traits of honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, and perspective; a very strong work ethic, supported by commitment and follow-through. 


Desired Qualifications:

  • Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  
  • Experience working in an educational setting.
  • First Aid and CPR.
  • Experience with using Bailey Gas Kilns.
  • A familiarity of equipment, materials and techniques across disciplines includes:  
    1. Skills to maintain and repair pottery, printmaking, and metals equipment and tools.
    2. Knowledge of gas and electric kilns and ability to proactively identify mechanical problems before serious problems arise.
    3. Technical knowledge base including glaze technology and formulation, ceramic f​iring procedures.
    4. Working knowledge of a wide range of printmaking processes, including intaglio, relief, lithography, monotypes, cyanotypes, and bookmaking. 
    5. Technical knowledge for metal working such as soldering and braising, casting, and forming techniques.


Core Competencies:

  • Adaptability
  • Change Management
  • Effective Communicator
  • Cost Consciousness
  • Initiative and Judgment
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Professionalism
  • Problem Solver
  • Technology savvy


Essential Duties:

  • Works closely with Studio Programs Teachers, visiting artists, studio residents and Learning and Engagement staff to understand their needs and requests for art-making programs. 
  • Develops, implements, communicates, maintains, enforces, and updates a safety program that complies with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), OSHA standards and best practices and works closely with HoMA facilities for completion of annual OSHA safety checks. 
  • Ensures safety procedures are adhered to in studios.
  • Promotes and maintains a safe, clean, and organized studio.
  • Is responsible for the inventory and tracking of resalable materials (Clay, Metals, Paper).
  • Works collaboratively with Studio Programs Teachers to maintain equipment, hazardous materials, and tools in all studios.
    1. Painting and Drawing Studios 
      • Maintains and repairs equipment necessary for a standard painting studio.
      • Manages hazardous waste disposal: have back up waste containers available and ready; oversees proper disposal of oil rags, solvents, and mild acids; timely removal of full hazardous waste containers.  
    2. Ceramics Studio 
      • Maintains tools, glazes, chemicals, clay and dry materials, including mixing and making glazes and recycling clay. 
      • Fires kilns. Oversees and manages kiln firing schedules, and independently loads and unloads kilns for the finish and firing of student's ceramic projects for classes and events.
      • Cleans traps 
    3. Metals Studio 
      • Regularly checks equipment such as torches, wax pens, hydraulic presses, and other metal tools to keep in proper safe working order. 
      • Works with facilities to refill and test gas tanks.
    4. Print Studio 
      • Maintains a well-stocked, safe, and orderly space for students including the upkeep of the studio’s Takach presses, exposure unit, tools, and inventory. 
      • Ensures compliance with the printmaking studio rules for safe storage and use of hazardous chemicals and the use of machinery and tools. 
    5. Textiles Studio 
      • Manages the upkeep and maintenance of Saori looms and other textile equipment and tools.
  • Plans, executes, and completes projects in a timely fashion and solve problems inventively. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Traits and Characteristics:

Must be bright, diplomatic, analytical, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgement. 


Working Conditions and Atmosphere:

The Studio Technician works with minimum supervision. Work will often be performed with short deadlines and situations sensitive to the Museum. Regular office hours are required. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, evening and weekend work is sometimes required, and at times may be on an emergency basis. Other considerations: 

  • Moderate lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds 
  • Reaching above shoulder 
  • Ability to distinguish shades of colors 
  • Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination 
  • Working around machinery with moving parts 
  • Exposure to dust 
  • Noise 
  • Working with power tools 
  • Glazes, paints and solvents 
  • Vibration 
  • Working closely with others 
  • Protracted or irregular hours of work 

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity:

HoMA welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and this is reflected in our diverse community of employees. We encourage applications from candidates across a wide variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, people of all races and ethnicities, people with disabilities, women, veterans, and all members of the LGBTQ community.  

Equal Employment Opportunity:

HoMA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. HoMA recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions and benefit programs without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, including pregnancy and gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisions, marital status, arrest and court record, citizenship, credit history, military and veteran service, victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse victim status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibilities and essential functions of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work duties and requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload. 


HoMA maintains a policy of nondiscrimination in all employment practices and decisions, ensuring equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. This applies to both HoMA employees and applicants for employment with the Museum. Any form of harassment of any employee because of any protected status is also prohibited.