Montana State University

Classified Position
Vacancy Announcement
***UPDATE JUNE 30, 2014***

School of Architecture

Position Number     0354
Start Date Upon successful completion of selection process no later than July 1, 2014.
Starting Salary

Starting wage of $11.444 per hour, consideration of higher wage dependent upon demonstrated exceptional relevant qualifications.

FTE Part-time (0.5 FTE)
Benefits Eligible for benefits
Bargaining Unit Montana Public Employees Association
Overtime Status Eligible for overtime

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The School of Architecture is a constituent of the College of Arts & Architecture and has a distinguished reputation in the areas of visualization, craft and stewardship. Efforts are underway to build on the school’s accomplishments in these areas; expanding outreach and engagement efforts in design-build, integrated design and practice and community planning and design, further distinguish the school. The School of Architecture offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design degree and a one and one-half year fully accredited Master of Architecture degree; providing quality education and professional training to students. The primary focus of the program is the architectural design studio for which the faculty members and student body are national recognized for their award winning creative achievements and publications. The classified and professional staff members contribute to this mission by providing academic, instructional, financial and administrative guidance and information to the MSU Community and the public in a dedicated and professional manner.

The Equipment/Facility Manager works directly with the Facilities Resource Manager. The successful applicant will train, supervise, and assist School of Architecture craft lab and metal lab users, maintaining consistent shop hours and enforcing all policies as stated in the school’s craft and metal labs safety manuals. The person in this position will be required to enforce written and verbal policies as communicated by his/her supervisor. He/she will confer with the supervisor and other affected parties whenever user needs cannot be met. The incumbent will be able to perform routine maintenance, housekeeping and equipment troubleshooting, and be skilled in the use of tools and equipment required by users. He/she will be knowledgeable of university processes and resources regarding facilities maintenance, and able to perform routine maintenance and housekeeping of facility without direct supervision. The staff member will also assist with gallery and archive duties and special projects. He/she is expected to perform work in a timely and efficient manner. Staff members attend and participate in faculty and staff meetings when requested.

Duties and

Supervision of Craft/Metal Lab: train, supervise, and assist School of Architecture craft/metal lab Shop users; understand and follow safe shop practices; operate all equipment/tools in the craft lab; participate in training/updating in machinery and materials; communicate safe shop practices to shop users; communicate with users in a clear, positive manner; treat users with respect and courtesy; maintain consistent shop hours; communicate schedule changes with users and staff; enforce all policies as stated in the school craft lab and metal lab safety manuals [Craft Lab Safety Manual] [Metal Lab Safety Manual]; enforce written and verbal policies as adopted by the School of Architecture for the craft/metal lab, facility, design studios, etc.; revise or develop policy and procedural manuals for equipment; confer with supervisor and other affected parties when user needs cannot be met; supervise student staff; effectively communicate job responsibilities and performance expectations to student staff; identify and assign tasks and projects for student staff; conduct routine maintenance, housekeeping and equipment troubleshooting with minimal supervision; discuss equipment, facility and material concerns with staff; research potential cost cutting techniques/ options while maintaining high quality materials and equipment.

Facilities Responsibilities: gallery duties- install and remove gallery shows under the direction of the Facilities Manager and Exhibits Committee; measuring and pinup of exhibit materials. Archive duties- Label and shelve student archival materials under the direction of the Facilities Supervisor; lightweight lifting. Other: assist with student and faculty construction projects, cutting wood, cutting metal, drilling, hammering, sanding and welding; assist with school events, moving chairs and tables, general clean-up of area; perform work in a timely and efficient manner; effectively communicate with students, faculty and staff; attend and participate in School of Architecture faculty and staff meetings when requested/invited.

General Responsibilities: confirm eligibility of lab users for wood/metal lab access with sign-in sheets and signed safety agreements; prioritize tasks and responsibilities as directed by the supervisor; make decisions in the absence of supervisor relating to access to craft /metal lab and service centers, use of craft/metal lab equipment, use of galleries and critique spaces, use/moving of desks, access and use of archive; cleaning of the facility.

1.   Demonstrated competence operating, maintaining and repairing a variety of wood and metal working equipment, including stationary and portable wood working equipment, metal working tools and welding equipment.
2.   Demonstrated knowledge of safety procedures for wood and metal labs/shops.
3.   Demonstrated knowledge and skill in using the following software: Microsoft Office.
4.   Demonstrated ability to instruct students, faculty and staff members in the safe and effective use of all shop tools and procedures.
5.   Demonstrated ability to supervise student workers and organize work schedules.
6.   Demonstrated skill in communicating safety and lab procedures to students, faculty and staff members in a professional and courteous manner.
7.   Demonstrated skill in exercising good judgment, self-motivation and working effectively both with minimal supervision and within a team.
8.   Demonstrated skill in organizing and prioritizing work assignments, meeting deadlines and adapting to changing priorities while maintaining a positive, effective and professional attitude.
1.   Experience in an academic workshop/lab environment.
The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will also have the following abilities:

  1. Ability to consistently exercise initiative and good judgment.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively with staff, faculty members, the student body and the public both in person, over the telephone and email.
  3. Ability to represent the School of Architecture and its programs to others in a professional and courteous manner.
  4. Willingness to learn about and operate new technologies and equipment.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   This position requires the use of ladders.
3.   Physical demands include lifting up to 50 lbs.
4.   There will be occasional exposure to wood dust, 3D modeler powder dust and welding fumes.
5.   This position requires the use and maintenance of potentially hazardous wood and metal working equipment.

Screening of applications will begin on July 14, 2014, and continue until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, please download the application materials by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application.

The applicant must submit an MSU Application. Electronic submissions are highly preferred. An original signature of the MSU-Bozeman Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to:

William Clinton, Facilities Resource Manager
Montana State University
School of Architecture
109 Cheever Hall
P.O. Box 173760
Bozeman, MT 59717-3760
Phone: 406-994-4402
Fax: 406-994-2200

Posted (06/30/14kw)