Senior Exhibit Engineer/ Fabricator
Posted on: November 22, 2020
SUMMARY Exhibit engineers at the Exploratorium engineer and
construct interactive exhibits with complex mechanical, electrical,
and plumbing systems, staying within design, budget, and schedule
to fulfill the needs of the project. Engineers are the primary
staff responsible for exhibit production. Although exhibit designs
will come from many sources and fabrication may be accomplished in
coordination with other staff or entities, exhibit engineers ensure
the functionality, reliability, safety, efficiency, and cost
effectiveness of each exhibit. Exhibit engineers are also expected
to be knowledgeable of current technologies and professional
standards and to have an active role in the maintenance and
improvement of existing exhibits, design practices, and
documentation standards. The role of Engineer at the Exploratorium
is a mix of CAD work, engineering problem-solving, fabrication, and
assembly, and the ratio varies by project and project phase. This
fixed-term position will have an emphasis on CAD drawings,
fabrication, and assembly. The Senior Exhibit Engineer position
differs from the Exhibit Engineer position in its emphasis on
self-direction and independent production of high-quality exhibits.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Execution: o Consistently deliver high-quality
exhibit engineering across a number of projects with minimum
supervision. o Create exhibit designs that fit into budget and
schedule, meeting regular milestones. o Produce complete sets of
design documentation including: part and assembly drawings, bills
of materials, electronics and wiring schematics, maintenance manual
pages and assembly instructions. o Provide support to Production
Management and project teams as needed in regards to purchasing
efforts, including occasional management of subcontractor and
vendor relationships. o Design and fabricate basic tooling/fixtures
for manufacturing. o Facilitate technical aspects of off-site
installations, maintenance trips, and de-installations. Provide
support as needed to Project Management with regards to off-site
logistics and client relations. Solutions/Idea Generation:
Regularly implement a wide variety of practical and innovative
engineering strategies. Work to find creative ways to bring new and
appropriate technologies into our current system. Facilities
Work/Institutional Support: o Contribute to general museum
operations, including shop and/or lab maintenance, exhibit
maintenance, material ordering and stocking, and equipment upkeep.
o Teach design and engineering techniques to other Exploratorium
staff. o Provide technical advice to help production staff order
and build exhibits; promote quality, efficiency, and decreasing
costs. o Maintain current library of exhibit designs by managing
design revisions, photographing design details, and organizing
design information. o Collaborate with design, engineering, and
production staff, to find efficient ways to create exhibits.
Flexibility: Adapt to project constraints with proactive solutions.
Work comfortably and productively on a range of projects from
rough, in-house prototypes to highly-finished, turn-key client
projects. Judgement: Make timely exhibit engineering decisions.
Show strong creative discernment and good discipline around choice
of forms, materials, and processes. Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of
education and experience, preferably in engineering or design.
Minimum five years prior exhibit engineering or other applicable
experience. Two years Exploratorium experience preferred. Advanced
shop knowledge: wood, metal, and plastic fabrication; prototyping
and fabrication of exhibits using appropriate production methods;
uphold safety standards. Advanced experience with Autodesk Inventor
essential, plus working knowledge of AutoCAD, wiki-based platforms,
MS Word & Excel. Ability to effectively communicate ideas and
concepts through hand sketching, advanced drawing skills preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects and problems
simultaneously with minimal supervision. Talent for collaboration
and effective teamwork, and demonstrated ability to work with
people at all levels of an organization. Ability to adhere to
budgets and timelines for individual exhibits and projects, and to
proactively communicate expected variances. Excellent sense of
value and efficiency as expressed in effectiveness of solutions,
use of materials, and personal time management. Interest in science
and teaching a plus. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
short distances. Able to move from place to place; bend, stretch,
grasp, reach, kneel and twist. APPLICATION DEADLINE This position
is open until filled HOW TO APPLY This is a fixed-term (ends
4/30/2022), full-time (37.5 hours per week), non-exempt, union
position that includes benefits. Please, no phone calls in regards
to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.
The Exploratorium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and
values diversity, inclusion and respect. We welcome and strongly
encourage applicants from all backgrounds. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment.
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