Scenic Technician - College of Fine Arts (CFA) - School of Drama/School of Music

Carnegie Mellon | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 7/10/2024

Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama and School of Music are searching for a Scenic Technician. This dynamic opportunity is for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the schools by providing vital educational support by working alongside student technicians and managers in the fabrication, installation, and striking of scenery for both the School of Drama and School of Music productions.

This is a full-time hourly position, usually working 37.5 hours per week through the end of May 2025. For the most part work will be for one school or the other in a given week. However, there will be some weeks where the work will be mixed between projects for both schools.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Fabrication of theatrical scenery
  • Assist with the installation of productions in theatre spaces
  • Materials handling, installation, and assembly, and theatrical counterweight rigging practices
  • Some scenery technical design and management
  • Read drawings and work unsupervised
  • Other similar duties as assigned

You must demonstrate:

  • Carpentry, rigging, and metals skills
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Work well under pressure and pay close attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with students

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within CFA. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we seek a team member who can effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We seek someone who shares our values and will support the university's mission through their work.


  • High School Diploma Required
  • 1-3 years of relevant work experience


  • Successful Background Check

Additional Information:

  • This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), exempt position
  • Fixed Term: This is a fixed term position with an estimated duration of 9 months.
  • Work Posture: This position is operating with an on-campus/in office presence 5 days a week.

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits available to eligible employees.

Those employees who are benefits eligible have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of advantages from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to an enticing retirement savings program offering a generous employer contribution. You can also unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with ample paid time off and observed holidays. Finally, rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance.

Other perks include a free Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus pass, our Family Concierge Team to help navigate childcare needs, fitness center access, and so much more!

For a comprehensive overview of the benefits that may be awaiting you, explore our Benefits page.

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role and responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique skills and the diverse perspective you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it’s about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity with an exceptional organization?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function


Position Type

Staff – Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information:

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  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.
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