Exhibit Fabricator in Rochester, NY
The Strong Posted: 2022-01-04
Rochester, NY 14607
The Strong is the ultimate play destination for all ages. With 100,000 square feet of dynamic, interactive exhibit space, the museum provides entertaining, educational, and unforgettable intergenerational fun. The exhibit fabricator is responsible for constructing and installing exhibits and environments to ensure The Strong’s guests have a safe and fun learning experience. This position works with wood, plastic laminate, metal, and varying materials to construct creative exhibition pieces.
This position requires a versatile, skilled fabricator and finisher with a demonstrated ability to complete work with the highest attention to detail. The exhibit fabricator must bring to life creative conceptual and technical elements which are durably built to withstand the rigors of our interactive environment. The fabricator must give particular consideration to the craftsmanship, process, durability, and efficiency of this position and work within those parameters.
This is a full-time contract position from March 1 - December 31, 2022.
• Participate in the planning, production, and installation of select exhibitions and related activities. Create, install, and maintain various unique components for museum exhibitions, including fixtures, furniture, and other functional or design elements. Work with designers to interpret and execute project ideas using innovative techniques and materials.
• Mockup prototypes of concepts to determine functionality and feasibility of plans and ideas. Use hand tools, power tools, and fabricating equipment, including operating metal and plastic-forming equipment.
• Read and interpret specifications in blueprints, drawings, and sketches to prepare project layouts and determine dimensions and materials required for fabrication. Create and source materials necessary for production of components, as needed.
• Confer with exhibit designers to discuss developmental problems and to recommend component modifications.
• Evaluate components and rework or alter component model or parts as required to ensure they meet exhibit and safety standards. Cooperate with the director of exhibit production and quality assurance to approve final designs.
• Use appropriate tools and equipment for measuring, cutting, shaping, and assembling materials.
• Set up and operate machines, including power saws, CNC, jointers, planers, laser etcher, tenoners, molders, or shapers, to machine materials for fabrication.
• Use CAD/CAM software or hardware to fabricate parts.
• Fit and align fabricated parts to be welded or assembled using bolts, screws, glue, or other adhesives.
• Finish exhibit pieces using paint, laminate paneling, or other protective or decorative finishes.
• Install exhibit structures and fixtures on schedule and with the highest quality workmanship.
• Conduct exhibit maintenance as needed, including identifying exhibit maintenance needs, performing routine maintenance and repairs of exhibit-related interactives, fixtures, and components, including gallery electronics, and assisting with exhibit wall repairs and touch-up painting, as assigned.
• Ensure efficient and safe operation of machinery and equipment by completing preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairing all equipment malfunctions.
• Assist in the maintenance of exhibit shops areas including receiving, stocking, up-keep, and organization of all equipment.
• High school or trade school diploma or certification.
• Experience in concept drawing, woodworking, metalworking, construction or contracting, or related experience.
• Must be able to read CAD drawings.
• Experience manipulating materials by hand in a sculptural/artistic fashion.
• Experience with a variety of finish applications including but not limited to paint, lacquer, and laminating techniques.
• Basic understanding of wiring and simple low voltage electrical systems.
• Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license.
• These qualifications are considered a plus:
o Bachelor’s degree in industrial design, architectural interior design, furniture design, or related field or equivalent experience.
o Experience with Fusion 360, Sketchup, and Vectorworks.
o Familiarity with CNC processes and CAD/CAM software for component machining.
o Professional experience at a museum of similar size.
Final candidate must consent to and successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check as conditions of employment.