Studio Technician

Website Pittsburgh Glass Center

Status: Full Time

Reports To: Director of Operations


Studio Technicians at Pittsburgh Glass Center manage the day-to-day operation of the studios and supervision of the tech apprentices’ duties. Studio Technicians are the primary way PGC maintains daily operation of equipment for glass studios.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain and improve all equipment associated with the everyday functioning of the Hot Shop, Cold Shop, Casting Studio, Flame Working Studio and other areas in the facility
  • Design new equipment/Improve existing equipment and studios
  • Fabricate and manage equipment repair projects
  • Fix equipment/facility/studios when they break
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment/studios
  • Collaborate on fabrication projects offsite that PGC may participate in such as installing artwork offsite, mounting glass mosaics, troubleshooting installation questions, etc.
  • Monitor shops and studios including overseeing studio set up for classes and demonstrations, annealer management, studio clean ups, maintaining tool inventory, and supply levels
  • Assist with training studio tech apprentices on equipment building and fabrication, proper tool usage, and equipment maintenance schedules
  • Assist renters, instructors and students with studio needs
  • Assist with special events, facility rentals and exhibition installations
  • Acts as emergency response for Sonitrol
  • Performs other work as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

A successful candidate will have welding, fabricating and mechanical skills, and excellent trouble-shooting ability. Knowledge of CAD software and new technology like 3-D printing, CNC machinery, a strong plus. The capacity to communicate effectively with co-workers and excellent customer service is a must.

Education/Experience Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Art or equivalent with a concentration in glass or ceramics. At least one-year tech experience.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be used to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand on concrete floors; use hands to maintain and repair equipment; and talk or hear. The employee may occasionally lift and /or move up to 50 pounds. The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters in a studio environment.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only job duties to be performed by the employee(s) in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

Other Requirements

PGC is requiring all staff to be vaccinated against Covid 19 and successful applicants must be able to provide proof of vaccination before hire.

Salary & Benefits

This is a salaried full-time position. Salary is $33,000. Additional benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, paid vacation, sick time, and complimentary classes and studio time at PGC. PGC also contributes to an employer matched Simple IRA for employees after they’ve been on staff for one year.

Diversity Statement

PGC is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff that is committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. The Pittsburgh Glass Center values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. The PGC does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and other PGC administered programs and activities.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a resume with three references and a cover letter that explains their experience in relation to the work, responsibilities, and qualifications listed here. Applications without cover letters that directly address the candidate’s fit with this position will not be considered. All inquiries and resumes should be sent via email to and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

About Pittsburgh Glass Center

Pittsburgh Glass Center is a nonprofit, public access school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. World-renowned artists come here to make studio glass art. People interested in learning more about glass come here to take a class, explore the contemporary gallery and watch live hot glass demonstrations.

As one of the top glass art centers in the world, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional resources and instruction to expand the skills and knowledge of our students and artists. We strive to foster a new generation of glass artists and enthusiasts here in the Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgh Glass Center is an important arts organization in Pittsburgh that is helping the city connect its history as a major producer in glass to its creative future through the innovative use of glass as art.


Glass Art: We teach it. We create it. We promote it. We support those who make it.


PGC fuels a thriving glass art ecosystem of people, facilities and innovative programming that together shape our region’s creative economy. From the casually curious to the master artist, PGC welcomes and nurtures everyone so they are amazed, inspired and transformed­.

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