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Autodesk Workshop Manager, Autodesk Technology Center, San Francisco in San Francisco, California

Workshop Manager, Autodesk Technology Center, San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, CA - United States

Job ID: 19WD33544

Position Overview

Autodesk seeks a skilled, versatile, and engaged individual with experience in manufacturing, digital fabrication, and team management to lead Autodesk s Technology Center in San Francisco, formally known as the Pier 9 Workshop. The 35,000 sq./ft. waterfront Technology Center houses workshops for precision machining, additive manufacturing, large format 5-axis milling, robotics, electronics, laser and waterjet cutting. These workshops support a resident community in a radically open innovation environment.

The Autodesk Technology Center in San Francisco is one node within a network of four Technology Centers that are located throughout North America in San Francisco, Toronto and Boston, and in Birmingham, England in the UK. In our Autodesk Technology Centers, we collaborate with industry, academia, and entrepreneurial communities to speculate, validate, and test ideas about the future of design and making; inform our product and business strategy; and make stories that inspire our community. The Technology Center organization is situated within the Autodesk Research Organization and fosters a spectrum of research and demonstration from the highly speculative to immediately actionable solutions.

Each North American Technology Center supports a range of activities under specific thematic areas through an external residency program. In our Technology Center in Toronto we support applied research relating to the future of design and in Boston, our residents focus on areas relating to Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC).

The Autodesk Technology Center in San Francisco is a hub for the exploration of the future of manufacturing. Focused on the concept of configurable micro-factories it offers a range of advanced manufacturing equipment, robotics, general shop facilities and workspaces to research and develop ideas that push the boundaries of manufacturing.

Through the Technology Center Residency program, the workshops in the SF Technology Center support the community with project assistance, material process consultation, machine trainings and operational guidance. Our SF workshop team consists of 6 Shop Specialists who maintain and lead our robotics, 3D printing, CNC, wood and metal fabrication operations. The Workshop Manager is the leader of this team, reporting directly to the Technology Centers Workshop Manager and works closely with each team member to guide and hone the operation of the San Francisco Technology Center workshop.


  • Workshop Management

  • Managing the day-to-day operation of the workshop

  • Conduct regular meetings with shop staff to optimize workshop operations

  • Mentor shop staff by developing their technical skills, operational knowledge and career path planning

  • Participates in weekly meetings with senior leadership

  • Provide fabrication support/advice to shop staff and resident teams

  • CAPEX/OPEX purchasing, reporting

  • Workshop Development

  • Investigates new machines/technologies/processes to support advanced manufacturing

  • Works closely with Industry Engagement team to evaluate prospective residents

  • Establish & develop relationships with machine tool manufacturers, focusing on the future of manufacturing

  • Collaborates/supports with internal Autodesk product teams

  • Supports Community Manager/team and resident population

  • Collaborates with Environmental Health & Safety to ensure safe working environment

  • Looks for ways to improve workshop operations and executes

  • Occasional travel to other Technology Centers to collaborate with peers and positively contribute to global Technology Center operations

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years experience in a R&D manufacturing environment

  • Familiarity with a wide range of digital design/fabrication tools from Autodesk and others

  • Experience managing and developing highly skilled, diverse teams

  • Experience with new/inexperienced shop user training programs

  • Ability to support and advance safe working environments

  • Understanding and experience related Industry 4.0 (automation, data acquisition, etc.) a plus

  • Working knowledge of majority of the following equipment listed, including the ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair

  • Machine shop


  • HAAS ST10Y

  • DMS CNC 5-axis Router

  • Datron Neo Mill

  • Matsuura Mx-330

  • Bridgeport

  • Tool Room Lathe

  • ABB Robots

  • Omax 60120 Waterjet

  • MIG/TIG welding

  • Fiber laser cutter

  • CO2 laser cutters

  • Wood Shop Tools

  • Jointer

  • Shopbot 3-axis Router

  • Planer

  • Table saw

  • Sanders

  • Bandsaws

  • Drill press

  • 3D Printing

  • FFF printers

  • Polyjet printers

  • Electronics

  • Paint/finishing booth

About Autodesk

With Autodesk software, you have the power to Make Anything. The future of making is here, bringing with it radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used. It s disrupting every industry: architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and media and entertainment. With the right knowledge and tools, this disruption is your opportunity. Our software is used by everyone - from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists. We constantly explore new ways to integrate all dimensions of diversity across our employees, customers, partners, and communities. Our ultimate goal is to expand opportunities for anyone to imagine, design, and make a better world.

Job: *Engineering

Title: Workshop Manager, Autodesk Technology Center, San Francisco

Location: California-San Francisco

Requisition ID: 19WD33544

At Autodesk, we're building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.