Monitor - School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation (SAAHP)

Job Description

Maintain Photography Lab, Production Lab (including laser cutters), and other Shops and Labs as needed.

1. Photo Lab:

At each shift check that:

  1. Tacking Irons are unplugged
  2. Mounting Press is turned off
  3. Dryer is turned off
  4. Darkroom lights are turned off
  5. Water is not running
  6. All enlargers are turned off
  7. All trays of chemistry are covered


                Photo Lab 118

  1. Use sponge and water to clean all chemical residue (white discoloration) off every surface (walls, rotary door, sink, measuring cups, counter tops
  2. Clear off countertops and light table of any loose objects
  3. Clean out nozzles and overflow trays
  4. Check that Photo Flo is stocked. Prepare more if necessary
  5. Check that nitrile gloves in photo lab are stocked
  6. Print transfer trays need to be cleaned, rinsed, and left to dry, then stored in the darkroom
  7. Wipe down outside of monitor, scanner, mouse, and keyboard with Clorox wipes
  8. Check that timers, print dryer, and dry mounter are OFF (unless they are actively in use)

                Photo Lab Darkroom 118A

  1. Use sponge and water to clean all chemical residue (white discoloration) off every surface.
  2. Discard exhausted chemistry from trays in the sinks.
    1. Fixer and used Fixer Remover go into Waste Storage Drum
    2. All other chemistry goes down the drain
    3. Unused Fixer remover (for example from overflow tray) can go down drain
  3. Remove scraps of photo paper or any other loose objects from sinks
  4. Enlarger Stations
    1. Check that each station has a working bulb. Replace bulbs that do not work (list of Enlarger Bulbs below). Contact Studio Technician (Dan) when stocks of bulbs are low
    2. Each station needs a negative carrier, working easel (stored on the lower shelf) and a grain focuser. Clean grain focuser with a monitor wipe
  5. Consolidate Chemistry as needed:
    1. Remove nozzle from old container. Clean nozzle, put nozzle on new container, put plug from new container on old container, and discard old container
    2. Consolidate partially empty container of the same chemical into one container
    3. Safety glasses and apron required when working with chemistry
  6. Emergency Spill Kit in black drum on the left of darkroom stored with label facing out
  7. Bin of cleaning supplies under 2nd sink: Clorox wipes, monitor wipes, dish gloves and sponges

2. Production Lab

Weekly Major Clean of Laser Cutters:

  1. Vacuum around APC backup power supply
  2. Vacuum front of APC
  3. Vacuum vents (2 on right, 4 on back, 2 underneath)
  4. Clean and inspect optics as outlined below
  5. Remove back sweep air assist and clean with warm soapy water
  6. Wipe carriage with soapy water solution (spray bottle) or Windex
  7. Clean rollers on X-axis track with Q-tip until Q-tip is clean
  8. Move carriage on X- axis, listen for any clicking or other noise. Inspect for source of noise
  9. Clean under belts on two Y-axis using dry toothbrush.  Do this before vacuuming and wiping to loosen dust. Clean any other nooks and crannies with dry toothbrush.
  10. Clean roller bearings on two Y-axis
  11. Vacuum all dust and soot off of every surface inside and out including glass window
  12. Wipe all dust and soot off of every surface inside and out including glass window
  13. Remove honeycomb bed. Vacuum all dust, soot, and material scraps. Wipe soot off of all surfaces.
  14. Vacuum inside ULS while the honey comb bed is removed
  15. To replace honeycomb bed:
    1. Put honeycomb bed in place, but do not push it all the way back
    2. Loosen 2 large thumbscrews on the side of the plenum (at back of honeycomb bed)
    3. Then push plenum and honeycomb bed gently into place
    4. The plenum will adjust to their correct position
    5. Slide the honeycomb bed back out, without changing the plenum position, and tighten the two thumb screws.
    6. Slide the honeycomb bed back into place

Daily Optic Inspection of Laser Cutters:

  1. Four optics: lens and mirror in carriage, 45 degree mirror on left side, and beam window at back left
  2. Clean optics with lens cleaner on a Q-tip, clean the lens from the center outward
  3. Clean plate around optics
  4. Clean entire carriage
  5. Clean air assist without removing
  6. Let lens cleaner dry, look closely at clean glass, there should be no streaks and smudges
  7. Check that the small hole at back left of carriage is cleaned out.

3. Other Tasks:

  1. Assist in installation and de-installation of exhibitions
  2. Check  and restock first aid kits and nitrile gloves
  3. Throw away scrap paper and chipboard in production lab

Special Skills Needed:
experience in photography darkroom (optional), experience with laser cutting equipment (optional), how to follow directions and work without supervision.

*Students are prohibited from driving during work study employment with the limited exception of authorized work study driver positions.

Starting Date

Department Information

Contact Name

Daniel O'Neill


School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation (SAAHP)

Phone Number

(401) 254-5213