2 Dec 2021

Fixed-term Teaching Technician – Fabricating and Prototyping Workshop | Fixed Term

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand

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Auckland Uni 19

Job Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 45,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Our mission and values place strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are looking for a Teaching Technician 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 brand new 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 that will be used by over 1000 students per year. 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.

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


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 MIG welding, workshop tools, mills, and/or lathes
  • 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.

Additional Information

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.

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 a 6.75% superannuation scheme, 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 must be submitted online, by the closing date of Monday, 10th January 2022 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Covid-19 Vaccination

The University of Auckland is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff and students.  All students, staff and visitors need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or medically exempt, in order to come onto our campuses or to take part in face-to-face University-managed activities. Therefore, we are only able to consider applicants who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a New Zealand Ministry of Health issued medical exemption and evidence of this will be requested as part of your employment. You can read more about the University’s vaccination policy here.

Overseas Applicants

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 seven days 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.


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz


How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Monday, 10th January 2022

Job Categories: Education / Training. Job Types: Fixed-term.

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