General Assistant

General Assistant II (Workshop) (P14) (Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture: Industrial Design)

Advert reference: uj_000378

Advert status: Online

Apply by: 2 March 2022

Position Summary

Education & Training

Job category:
Education and Training

Auckland Park Kingsway Campus


Market Related

EE position:



The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa and driven by a powerful strategy focused on attaining global excellence and stature (GES). With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and strategic partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. The University is guided by the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of “Positioning UJ in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the context of the changing social, political and economic fortunes of Africa”.

Job description

The Department of Industrial Design is the oldest and most respected Industrial Design programme on the African continent. Research focus areas are design research, innovation, appropriate technology, design for sustainability, design education, gender in design, and medical device design.

  • Resource control:

o  Preparation and maintenance of industrial and small workshop equipment.o  General stock control into. ordering and storage of stock according to Health and Safety requirements.o  Documenting the issuing of equipment to students and staff.o  Opening and closing of venues.

  • Service to students:

o  Assist students to use machinery.o  Provide students with correct equipment from the tool store.

  • General assistance in the workshop space in terms of availability, ensuring students adhere to workshop health and safety rules and regulations, providing first aid when needed, and ensuring students participate in workshop cleanliness.
  • Service to staff:

o  Ad hoc activities to support the Workshop Technician to ensure the smooth running of the workshop.o  Preparation of resources for staff.o  Liaison with cleaners to maintain workshop cleanliness.
Responsibilities:  o  To provide general assistance to the Department of Industrial Design on technical, administrative and other tasks.

Minimum requirements

  • Grade 12 / Matric qualification.
  • Experience in a Workshop environment. Evidence of this needs to present in your CV.
  • Practical/Technical Assistant background in the maintenance and repair of workshop equipment.
  • First Aid Certificate (or willingness to become First Aid qualified).

Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:

  • A team player with a passion for student training and staff support.
  • A problem solver.
  • Ability to organise.
  • Precise, resilient.


  • Proficient in occupational health and safety requirements.

Enquiries regarding job content: Martin Bolton Head of Department. Department of industrial Design at (011) 559-1580.

Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

Enquiries (UJ e-recruitment Portal)

If you have general enquiries regarding the advertised post, please send an e-mail with the subject line being the reference number of the post to [email protected]
If you require technical support / assistance on the UJ e-recruitment website, please contact our service provider PNET on the following contact details: 0861 227337/010 140 3099 or email [email protected]

Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful. 

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