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Shop Supervisor & Lead Technician

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$54k-59k
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May 30th

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POSITION OVERVIEW:

MICRO is looking for a Shop Supervisor & Lead Technician who will own and manage some of the most exciting challenges in new museum design. You will be responsible for building and engineering MICRO’s growing fleet of six-foot tall museums.

Do you have a background in highly detailed fabrication? Have you worked in museum exhibitry, model making, or prop building? If you’re a hyper-organized, self-motivated doer who loves to tinker and solve problems and wants to work with beautiful museums, the Shop Supervisor & Lead Technician position at MICRO is your dream job.

You will play a critical role as the bridge between museum design and museum fabrication. You’ll work with CAD, administrative oversight and help to manage specialist contractors, while also being very hands-on. You will ensure that MICRO’s museums are beautifully built and running perfectly. From the skillful operation of drills, drivers, and dremels to the application of graphics on Corian, you are a creature of all trades who is excited to help MICRO grow.

MICRO is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. Non-US citizens OK, though we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee and execute all required fabrication and museum outfitting, including internal systems, graphics and finishes
  • Inspect, receive, and warehouse museum assemblies and component inventory
  • Help maintain accurate build documentation, BOMs, and other product specifications
  • Control and maintain workshop tools and safety protocols to ensure adherence to local and federal regulations
  • Help design and prototype new museum components and exhibit technology
  • Interpret and edit technical drawings using Fusion 360 (preferred), Inventor, Solidworks or similar platform 
  • Hire, train, and supervise freelance and PT technicians, coordinating scheduling, requisition logs, and timesheets
  • Work with management to update the workshop to meet changing needs, including construction of new workstations and storage solutions
  • Suggest and implement improvements to production process, design, and materials in collaboration with Product team
  • Support museum delivery and installation efforts
  • Diagnose and perform high-level field repairs

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years experience in custom fabrication, manufacturing, lighting, museums, or other relevant field.
  • 3+ years in roles with progressive supervisory experience
  • Must demonstrate a broad range of technical skills related to plastics fabrication, metalworking and knowledge of electrical systems, AC and DC power distribution, microcontrollers, lighting and effects
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • Understanding of common shop chemicals and solvent compatibility
  • Familiar with workshop safety procedures, use of PPE
  • Knowledge of cosmetic finishes, polishing techniques, applique graphics, fine detail work
  • CAD proficiency, Fusion 360 preferred
  • Experience with co-working and productivity platforms

ADDITIONAL SKILLS + QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3D printing experience
  • Programming Languages, Arduino experience
  • Adobe Graphic Design Software
  • Specific experience working with Corian or Acrylic
  • Driver’s License with box truck experience

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Respectful of diverse team members and perspectives
  • Willing to learn and incorporate house style and methods
  • Creative problem-solver who thrives in ambiguity
  • Considerate, effective communicator who values feedback
  • Ability to quickly diagnose problems and propose solutions
  • Close attention to detail

BENEFITS

  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Health insurance
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Paid sick and personal leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Flexible schedule

ADDITIONAL:

We are dedicated to reflecting the communities we serve, and especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. MICRO is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. 

ABOUT MICRO:

MICRO creates six-foot-tall museums that transform public spaces into interactive learning environments, increasing access for diverse populations and making world-class museum experiences accessible to all. We bring together scientists, designers, and storytellers to squeeze a vast, complex world into museums the size of vending machines. Then we replicate the tiny museums and install them in unexpected places like hospital waiting rooms, transit hubs, and the DMV. 

MICRO was founded by a former NASA researcher and a media producer. We have since expanded to include a novelist, an educator, a filmmaker, and a mechanical engineer amongst a variety of other creatives, but at MICRO we all wear many hats. We’re a small, close-knit group; a curious, eclectic bunch that is excited to continue growing the team. 

Why MICRO?

Museums are trusted sources of knowledge, but traditional brick and mortar museums are geographically clustered. In NYC, Manhattan has 85 museums. The Bronx has 8. The boroughs have the same population. 

The impact museums have is demographically narrow: across America 90% of museum visitors are white, and museum entry is often expensive. 

MICRO wants to change that. 

MICRO has been called a “storytelling machine.” It was awarded the Tribeca Film Institute’s 2017 New Media Award, SXSW‘s 2019 Place by Design Award, and two Editors’ Choice Awards at the World Maker Faire.

 

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Summer - Stone carving (sculpture) (Commerce City, CO)

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$16-$20/hr
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Open until filled, interviewing starts immediately

Job Title: Sculpture Studio Assistant (Summer Employment)

Chevo Studios is a one of a kind company that creates public art and urban design projects. Installations utilize mostly stone in combination with metal, water and other landscape and sculptural elements. The company consists of the owner/lead artist, Andy Dufford, project manager, construction manager, office manager, studio assistant, and a network of talented subcontractors.

Responsibilities: The Summer Studio Assistant will provide support in: 

Fabrication/ Construction

  • Assisting in production and installation of stone sculptures is the primary responsibility of the studio assistant. Candidates must have a solid background in the use of hand and power tools and an interest in creative work. The primary work is done with hammers and chisels, 9” grinders with diamond blades, pneumatic hammers, die grinders, polishers and finishing tools. Both the stone and the tools are heavy, requiring excellent fitness and a level head for safe and skillful handling. 
  • Building beautiful work requires all kinds of tasks and skills: planning, organizing, running errands to buy and deliver materials, stone carving and setting, basic carpentry and metal work, and clean-up. The studio assistant will perform all these tasks, depending on the needs of any given project. 
  • Our work sometimes requires long days. Chevo Studios is often a sub-contractor on larger construction projects and is bound by those schedules. Communication, reliability and punctuality are key and only those who have a demonstrated track record of on-time work will be considered.

Studio and Systems Development and Upkeep
The nature of work at Chevo Studios involves numerous concurrent projects and a wide variety of tools. The studio can become disorganized easily and requires constant attention. Stone carving is very hard on the equipment and necessitates a constant focus on tool maintenance.

Office Work
The studio assistant has a minimal amount of white-collar duties, but they are important. Those tasks include keeping accurate track of hours and jobs, and making phone calls and following through on contacts and supply orders.

Character
Our contribution to our clients and the community is tied to the character of our actions. 
Candidates are expected to:
Build rapport: seek first to understand, then to be understood
Stay flexible: adapt as conditions change and they always do.
Be resourceful: there are at least three ways to solve any problem
Focus on outcome: what counts is getting the job done, and getting it done right
The ideal candidate will have experience in all the areas listed. However, strength, capacity for hard work, patience, responsibility and facility with tools are more important than exact specifications. Any individual with creative/construction skills and an outstanding work ethic will be considered.

Time Requirement: The current position is for full-time work. 
Conditions: This is a temporary position for 3-4 months, with a possibility of longer-term employment depending on the skills and attitude of the chosen candidate. 
Pay: Starting salary is $16 to $20 per hour based on skillset and prior experience.

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