Digital Prototyping Laboratory Technician

Competitive Salary
01 Feb 2013
15 Feb 2013
Job Type

AA Digital Prototyping Lab Technician

Architectural Association School of Architecture


Who We Are

The Architectural Association School of Architecture is the UK’s oldest independent school of architecture. The school offers graduate and undergraduate courses of study in architecture and, with students from more than 60 home countries taking part in the AA’s full-time courses, is one of the world’s leaders in architectural education.

The AA Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) functions as one of four self-contained workshop spaces in the school and is scheduled to expand in the near future to accommodate more of the latest fabrication technologies. The lab forms a strategic asset in educating students in the potential of digital design and fabrication and is used for the development and visualisation of projects by students from almost every part of the school.

Who We Seek

The Digital Prototyping Lab is seeking a Prototyping Lab Technician to manage the day-to-day operation of the lab, including the operation of prototyping equipment and the supervising of students using the facilities. The role also includes giving tutorials to individuals or groups of students relating to file preparation, model-making techniques and the use of various digital fabrication processes.


The lab currently contains four 3-axis CNC machines, five laser-cutters and three 3D printers, operated by staff or made available to students for use in their coursework. The lab is run by two full-time staff members and a team of student assistants, with the Prototyping Lab Technician acting as coordinator of the student assistants and organising independent work in coordination with the Head of Digital Prototyping.

The purpose of the lab and role of the Prototyping Lab Technician is to provide expertise on digital fabrication and model-making equipment to students from all parts of the school. This involves working with individuals or small groups of students on their coursework, and managing the production of architectural models in a range of materials as well as functional prototypes for building components or structures. The school curriculum also contains several media studies courses using the Prototyping Lab equipment, which are taught by AA tutors in collaboration with the Prototyping Lab staff. Much of the work is highly experimental in nature, as the school and the lab promote innovative thinking and learning through experimentation within their policies.


To apply for the position of Prototyping Lab Technician the following knowledge and skills would be advantageous:

-         knowledge of digital file preparation for 3-axis CNC production and 3D printing

-         experience with the use of ArtCam, Rhino and Magics software

-         experience in the operation of 3-axis CNC machines for the production of the models and prototypes

-         experience in the use of powder-based 3D printing machines

-         good interpersonal skills for the communication and supervision of students in a higher education environment

-         excellent organisational skills and ability to lead a team of student assistants

-         ability to organise the ordering and sales of model-making materials

-         ability to manage the overall maintenance of the Digital Prototyping Lab space.

Experience and affinity with a creative teaching environment is also essential, as improvisation is part of the AA’s daily routine.

How To Apply

If you are interested in applying, please send a brief statement of interest and CV to us by selecting 'apply now' outlining your salary expectations by Friday 15 February 2013.   Please name files and include ‘Digital Prototyping Lab Technician’ in the subject of your email.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The Architectural Association School of Architecture has an equal opportunities policy applicable to all vacancies and internal candidates are encouraged to apply.

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