Architecture Laboratory Technician I – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC)’s School of Architecture seeks an experienced Laser Lab Technician to join our Digital Fabrication team. As a part of our laser cutting lab, you will play a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of the lab and provide technical expertise to students in the School of Architecture. This position involves hands-on work with laser cutting machines, collaboration with faculty and staff, and fostering a safe and productive laboratory environment.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, USC has a large number of international students and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit


• Operate and maintain laser cutting equipment, ensuring proper functionality

• Training/supervision of student workers

• Collaborate with faculty, researchers, and students on laser cutting projects

• Provide training and guidance to students on the safe and effective use of laser cutting machines

• Assist in the development and execution of experimental procedures

• Conduct routine maintenance and troubleshoot technical issues with laser cutting equipment

• Ensure compliance with safety protocols and university regulations

• Maintain an organized inventory of materials and supplies used in the laser cutting lab


• Proficient in the use of CAD software (Rhino/Fusion 360/AutoCad)

• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Illustrator

• Experience with digital fabrications, specifically laser cutting equipment and related software (Universal Laser Systems preferred)

• Ability to research and learn new technologies

• Experience with 3D printing equipment and related software (FDM/Polyjet)

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage students

• Ability to manage multiple projects and student groups simultaneously

Other Requirements:

• Must possess ability to safely perform the physical work required of all duties, including manual dexterity, agility, strength and coordination

• Occasionally: sit, crouch/squat, climb, power grasping, heaving pushing/pulling

• Must be able to work occasional weekdays/weeknights, holidays as needed beyond regularly scheduled hours (up to 30 hours) per week

• Frequently: stand, walk, bend, reach above shoulder level, use of keyboard/mouse, light lifting (up to 25 lbs.), hand dexterity, hand twisting, simple grasping, light pushing / pulling; moderate assisted/unassisted lifting: moderate pushing / pulling; moving of machinery, exposure to outdoor work environments

• Deliver excellent student service and maintain clarity and composure when faced with difficult situations

Preferred Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

• Knowledge of architectural model making and processes

• Experience in a physical computing environment or setting including the use of specialized makerspace technologies and equipment

• Excellent skills in communication, organization, collaboration, and time-management

• Ability to work successfully within a team of students, staff and faculty

• Understanding of higher education operations

In addition, the successful candidate must also demonstrate, through ideas, words and actions, a strong commitment to USC’s Unifying Values of integrity, excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, well-being, open communication and accountability.

Application Procedure

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) Resume (including telephone and e-mail address).

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

The hourly rate range for this position is $21.83 – $24.98. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.


Minimum Education:
Associate’s degree
Specialized/technical training
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:
6 – 12 months

Minimum Field of Expertise:
Specialized experience and training in applicable performing or visual arts.

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