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jobby: Studio Technician, Animation, Emily Carr University, Vancouver

Last updated on June 7, 2012

June 6, 2012

Employment Opportunity: Competition #S013-2012

Studio Technician 3, Animation

Temporary Part-Time (60{f2e86ea6af82e2bb048871abf045622abf0ed27fb513932dc1ee8c05a54cbefd}) Term Position (20 August 2012 to 18 May 2013)

Hours to be Determined (3 days per week)

Pay Grade I ($25.66 to $27.48 per hour)

Applications are invited for a Studio Technician to provide technical support to the delivery of curriculum and assist students in developing and articulating technical skills in the Animation area by providing original technical instruction, follow up instruction and one-on-one support. Demonstrates to students the safe and appropriate use and application of equipment, materials, tools, techniques and processes. Advises students in solving technical problems. Maintains area studios, workshops, tools and software and equipment for curriculum needs. Monitors equipment, systems and facilities for failures; troubleshoots, deals with software issues and repairs equipment and system problems where possible. Monitors budgets, maintains and orders supplies and maintains records for the work area. Works as part of a team with other technicians to recommend capital purchases, renovations and policies. Researches new software, equipment, products, materials and processes. Provides technical input into curriculum development as required. Assists faculty and students in the planning and preparation of the graduation show. Organizes the work, hires, trains and supervises student monitors and junior technical staff, as required. Oversees the general security and safety of the area. Participates as a member of various committees. Applicants will have:

  • University or Media school diploma in Animation.
  • Three years job experience in animation, or supporting animation in digital formats.
  • OR an equivalent level of education and/or experience.
  • Considerable practical experience with animation pipeline encompassing a broad range of software, equipment, techniques and materials related to animation production including 3D computer animation and composting, and additionally drawn animation, puppet animation, cameras, and lighting.
  • Previous job experience working in the games industry would be an asset.
  • Considerable practical knowledge of 3D digital animation and a thorough understanding of production workflow in animation.
  • Proven ability to crossover and combine digital and traditional animation production.
  • Strong technical skills and understanding of network rendering management systems and hardware such as Qube or Backburner.
  • Considerable experience and knowledge of Windows operating systems, hardware and peripherals.
  • Strong technical skills working with After Effects and Maya.
  • Thorough knowledge of Soft Image XSI, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Flash, Encore, and Flipbook or Dragon Frame-.
  • Working experience with C+, scripting, Nuke, Vray, ZBrush and Toon Boon desirable.
  • Well developed diagnostic and problem solving skills.
  • Considerable knowledge of budget administration.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively explain animation processes and techniques.
  • Technical writing skills desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to establish good working relations with students, faculty and staff.
  • Experience in organizing and directing the work of others.
  • Ability to make decisions with independence within policies and guidelines.
  • Ability to work at 4 meter heights and ability to lift 10kg.


Some Typical Duties:

  1. Under the general supervision of the Media Services Manager, provides support to the curriculum areas. Troubleshoots software problems and provides technical advice to students, faculty and staff. Facilitates an understanding of both general animation production and specialized computer animation techniques.
  2. Works with faculty to create, schedule and deliver workshops and orientations with follow-up and original technical instruction. Exchanges technical information with other technicians and ensures continuity of technical instruction throughout the University.
  3. Demonstrates the appropriate use of materials, tools, and equipment with a particular emphasis on ergonomics and safety.
  4. May provide some day-to-day direction of work and act as a resource for junior technical staff. Hires, trains and supervises student monitors.


Please send a cover letter and resume (quoting competition #S013-2012) by 4:00pm, Tuesday, 19 June 2012 to: Human Resources, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver BC V6H 3R9, Fax: (604) 844-3885 Email:

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