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Fabricator - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

09 Nov 2021 12:58 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $22/hour
  • On call

The Exhibit Fabricator applies their varied knowledge and skills-with woodworking principles at the core-towards the prototyping, fabrication, and production of a variety of exhibit components in support of delivering high quality, interactive exhibits and experiences.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Construct interactive exhibits using various types of wood, plastics, fabrics, metal, electronics, and finishes:
    • Setup, operate, and maintain shop tools and hand tools used in the production of exhibits while maintaining a high degree of safety;
    • Collaborate with designers and technical personnel to resolve technical and mechanically-related problems in exhibit design;
    • Document and track project-related activities, with an emphasis on adhering to timeline and budget constraints;
    • Continually and consistently meet the high quality of build and finish expected by the Exhibits department and OMSI.
  • Responsible for the repair and refurbishment of interactive exhibits and experiences;
  • Conduct regular cleaning and maintenance of shop space and equipment.

Working Conditions

  • You must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for an accommodation under the ADA for medical or religious reasons.
  • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly;
  • This position is on-call, scheduled for 19 hours/week or less;
  • Physical Demands: 10% sitting, 40% standing, 50% lifting/carrying/pushing up to 100 lbs;
  • Vision Demands include:
    • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches of less);
    • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more);
    • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors);
    • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point);
    • Depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships);
    • Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
  • Environmental Demands include:
    • Work near moving mechanical parts
    • Work in high, precarious places
    • Fumes or airborne particles
    • Toxic or caustic chemicals
    • Risk of electric shock
    • Vibration
  • Noise Levels include:
    • Moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
    • Loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment)
    • Very loud (examples: jack hammer work, front row at rock concert)

Secondary Job Responsibilities

Provide additional support to the Exhibits team. Secondary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Connect with outside sources to acquire technical and material information;
  • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Exhibits Production Manager and/or Traveling Exhibits Manager.



  • Business Practices:
    • Ability to effectively manage and work on multiple projects or tasks in different phases of development, often with overlapping and time-sensitive deadlines;
    • Ability to model and support a positive team dynamic with people from diverse talents and backgrounds, with an emphasis on team-based collaboration and product evaluation;
    • Demonstrated ability to pivot between individual and team work;
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
    • Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy;
    • Exercises sound judgement while upholding high integrity and ethical standards;
    • Ability to adhere to confidentiality, protocol, and community agreements;
    • Moderate proficiency with Google Suite and/or Microsoft Office;
  • Exhibit Design and Production:
    • Demonstrated knowledge of finish carpentry/cabinet-making skills/woodworking
    • Ability to work safely and an understanding of shop safety protocols;
    • Ability to produce quality products in a production environment;
    • Ability to work on multiple projects in different phases of development.


  • Working knowledge of drafting and mechanical engineering concepts and methods;
  • Working knowledge of electronics and electrical construction;
  • Ability to estimate material and labor costs for project proposals;
  • Familiarity with software such as Fusion 360, Inventor, and/or SketchUp;
  • Familiarity with OSHA compliance and safety protocols;
  • Familiarity with CNC machinery and operation;
  • Developed knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles;

Education & Work Experience

  • 3 years experience in a shop environment or similar production house.


  • Bachelor's in Fine Arts or similar;
  • Prior experience working with electronics and/or electrical components;
  • Experience working with volunteers.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications


  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background checks and reference checks.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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