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Specialist Technical Instructor Making

Date advertised

11 September 2023

Closing date

13 October 2023


IT, Library & Technical Services (ILTS)


Technical Services

Required hours

Full Time


All three sites


£41,847 - £45,374 per annum

Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students. It is also the oldest art and design university in continuous operation and has been ranked as the world ‘s number 1 art & design university for a remarkable nine consecutive years (QS World Subject Rankings 2015-2022).

We are looking for an experienced, adaptable, dynamic, highly motivated and outcome-focused person to work with our Making technical support team at the Royal College of Art. This team delivers a wide variety of making activities in bench, wood, metal, and plastics across campuses. These are areas where students are sketch making, prototyping, assembling, experimenting and developing physical, 3-dimensional concepts using materials such as wood, metal and plastic.

As a Making Specialist Technical Instructor:

  • Take a lead in the provision of technical assistance, guidance and instruction to students and staff.
  • Support the growth of bench, wood, and metal based making areas that allow students to explore and develop work within the experimental stages of their research. 
  • Continual learning as part of a dynamic team.
  • Assist students and staff in problem solving and finding technical solutions.
  • Maintain specialist equipment and applicable health and safety accurate records. 
  • Support College Teaching, Learning, Research activity as appropriate for the role.

What you will need to have:

  • Significant, highly skilled, specialist knowledge of and experience with a variety of processes for working with wood, metal and plastics.
  • Experience of planning and delivering in person technical workshops.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in a dynamic, fast paced environment.
  • The ability to use initiative and work as part of a team.
  • Excellent organisational, time management, planning and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent user focus and a flexible approach.
  • Experience of creating online learning materials is essential.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety issues and Risk Assessment procedures

 How to apply:

To apply for this role, please click the ‘apply now’ button below.

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm on October 13, 2023

The Recruitment Process:

As part of your application you may be invited to an initial assessment on Zoom, a technical test and formal interview. We plan to assess over zoom on the 19th/20th October and panel interviews onsite will be on the 30th/31th October.

The Royal College of Art is committed to creating an environment of mutual respect, where differences are valued and celebrated and where innovation, creativity and diversity can flourish.

We welcome and encourage applications from all members of the community and recognise some may need additional support completing an online application process, for example dyslexia.

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We recognise the broad range of experiences that a diverse staff and student body brings and how this  strengthens our research and enhances our teaching. In order for RCA to remain a world-leading institution we are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles throughout all of our processes, from application through to appointment.

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