Maker Educator, CNC Expert


Applications due: Rolling deadline, early applications encouraged
Target start date: May / June 2018

STEAMLabs is looking for a part-time Maker Educator, CNC Expert to join our team this Spring to lead and support our core Adult program offerings. Our core focus is to find someone with years of hands-on expertise with CNC router machinery and maintenance. Your primary responsibility is to lead the tool trainings of our digital fabrication tools  (3D printers, Laser cutters, CNC router). There are also opportunities to lead and support professional development workshops and one-off special events for educators, corporate teams, and members of our community as the need will arise.

Our ideal candidate has hands-on expertise with designing for and operating the CNC router (including designing in Autodesk Fusion 360), as this is one of our more advanced tools available for adults and members of the space to learn and use. Your passion is to help and empower our program participants to develop creative, technical and personal skills through hands-on interest-led learning. You’ve gained meaningful knowledge and experience in teaching, mentoring and/or facilitating in hands-on environments. You’re not necessarily a traditionally educated teacher – no teaching certificate is required. You celebrate failures, are comfortable in controlled chaos, and value the process over the product. You must be available two weekday evenings in general and at least one weekend shift.


This is a part-time role (roughly 10-20  hours / week depending on teaching assignments). This role requires regular teaching shift availability during weekday evenings and at least one weekend day.

$18-23 per hour, negotiable based on experience

About STEAMLabs

STEAMLabs is a community makerspace, where people of all ages and abilities come together for access to high tech tools, to learn, and to make. Our 3000 sq ft facility in the heart of downtown Toronto is where members & students engage in physical and digital making, gain a sense of technological agency, and develop their creative confidence. We run workshops, multi-week programs, school visits and summer camps for kids and adults in our space. Independent makers have memberships to use our space for their own projects as they need. We also teach maker education to other teachers all over the world.Members of STEAMLabs are professionals, hobbyists, tinkerers, educators and curious imaginative people who pay a monthly fee to access workspace, tools, and community. They use the space to prototype and build projects, and expect a level of reliability, efficiency and ease from their environment.

Core Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Lead, co-lead or assist with our adult program offerings
  • Maintain makerspace materials, tools, equipment and general participant and member safety (including administering First Aid if necessary)
  • Collaborate with STEAMLabs staff and outside partners to develop maker education programming
  • Document your work – write lesson plans and activity guides where needed
  • Contribute to program evaluation and iteration using participant feedback
  • Complete other operational tasks that relate to your role (e.g. sourcing materials)
  • Train and supervise other staff and volunteer mentors as needed

Required Skills & Experience:

  • 1-2 years experience teaching in an experiential learning environment
  • Strong classroom management skills and/or experience with public speaking
  • Familiarity with design software for 2D design (i.e. Adobe Illustrator) and 3D design programs (i.e. Autodesk Fusion 360 or similar software)
  • Experience designing for and operating a CNC router
  • Basic woodworking experience
  • Understanding of Arduino, electronics, robotics
  • First Aid & CPR Certification (currently completed or willing to complete training upon hiring – cost covered by STEAMLabs)
Bonus points:
  • Experience developing / designing programs and activity plans
  • Experience with HTML, Javascript
  • Knowledge of popular education, interest/project based learning, inquiry based learning, or other teaching philosophies

Why work with us?

  • All staff, whether part time or full time have a complimentary all-access membership to STEAMLabs as part of their employment
  • We’re a small, agile team of friendly people with varied skills and experiences.
  • We’re a relatively new organization, so there are still lots of ways to contribute to its shaping!
  • There is plenty of opportunity to learn, grow and try new things.
  • The broader STEAMLabs Community (members, volunteers, program participants and otherwise) are awesome, and a pleasure and privilege to work with and for.
  • We’re a workplace that embraces failure as the most potent form of learning!

How to apply:

Please submit your application through the online form and upload a PDF of your resume, cover letter (optional), and any relevant links as soon as possible, before April 30th, 2018 at 5pm the latest. Please do not call or email us regarding this job posting. We will only be reviewing applications through the online form entries and will get back to successful candidates.
We strive to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, visible minorities, LGBTQ2 individuals, aboriginal peoples and disabled persons. You are welcome to self-identify in your application.