Position Title: Exhibit Technician
Status: Full time, benefits eligible
Job Classification: Exhibits
DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is a hands-on, constructivist-based museum that sees over 300,000 visitors per year. The Exhibit Technician is a pivotal mission-based position responsible for maintaining, repairing, and fabricating exhibits. The ideal candidate is a flexible team player and creative problem-solver who won’t sacrifice quality for speed, but understands when time is of the essence and how to balance priorities to meet deadlines.
- Performs maintenance and repairs on exhibits, which may require various construction techniques as well as painting, laminate, plastics (acrylic and sintra), mechanical, electrical, or finish carpentry work.
- Conducts regular inspections of exhibits to ensure that they are functioning correctly and are visitor ready.
- Collects and enters information into a maintenance database: compiles information related to repair frequencies; adjusts maintenance schedules and methods based on analysis of information gathered.
- Meets regularly with Senior Exhibits Manager to:
- identify potential problem areas needing immediate or future attention;
- solve potential emergency situations;
- perform immediate repairs when warranted;
- troubleshoot immediate problems identified by routine inspections and staff/visitor feedback;
- assist in delegating appropriate maintenance and repair tasks to shop volunteers
- Prototypes new exhibit components; gives and accepts constructive feedback regarding prototypes and exhibit concepts.
- Fabricates new exhibit components from drawings or approved prototypes.
- Ensures that exhibit supplies have been obtained from appropriate sources to meet exhibit-restocking requirements. Organizes supplies and manipulatives for easy stocking and inventory.
- Maintains museum tools, shop, storage areas, and other resource materials in an appropriate and professional manner.
- As part of the museum maintenance team, may perform other museum repairs, maintenance, landscaping, and occasionally other activities as needed.
- Other duties as assigned
- Supervised by the Senior Manager of Exhibits.
- Models a positive collaborative approach and works well as a team member with staff and volunteers.
- Maintains productive relationships with exhibit staff and vendors.
- Behaves appropriately around children.
Education and Experience:
- Three to five years experience with building interactive exhibits.
- Must be skilled in use of power tools, machine tools, and hand power tools.
- Requires knowledge of and experience with cabinetmaking. Prefer experience with mechanical and electrical systems, finish carpentry, painting and laminate, fasteners and other building skills.
- Experience with CAD programming, small CNC routers, welding, electronics, arduinos, coding, and programming a plus.
- High school degree mandatory. Technical training and certification preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
- Superior skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative; willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed.
- Ability to meet deadlines in the most efficient manner without compromising quality.
- Good communication abilities are essential.
- Ability to use online email and calendar functions required
- Basic knowledge of Word, Excel, and Database knowledge a plus.
- Familiarity with pool operator guidelines or water pump and filtration systems a plus.
- Must have access to transportation, a valid driver’s license, and appropriate liability insurance.
- Tuesday through Saturday schedule, however schedules may fluctuate depending on the museum needs. Some evening and weekend hours required.
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