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Shop Apprentice

We are looking for an entry level shop apprentice to join our diverse and flexible team. Primarily, we create amazing interactive museum exhibits. Additionally, we put our creative skills to work in art fabrication, product prototyping and development, and some short-run manufacturing. We all wear multiple hats, including customer-facing, project management, design and fabrication responsibilities.


We're a fun team, with a cool and well-equipped shop. We enjoy making awesome things. We optimize for a digital workflow, but don't allow ourselves to become paralyzed by it - we still love making things by hand!

Some nominal amount of travel to our New England-based clients may be required.

Role Details

Ideally, you have some fabrication experience, with an interest in interactive exhibits, or maybe product design. You're able to work as a team with direction from our lead fabricators and designers. You have the ability to apply base fabrication trade skills and knowledge to your work while approaching problem-solving from multiple perspectives, including client needs, visitor/user needs, and our own design/fabrication/maintenance needs.


Role-Specific Requirements

These are considered ideal requirements for this role:

  • Entry level shop fabrication skills

  • Ability to assist fabrication leaders to fulfill project deadlines

  • Some level of cabinet-making

  • Misc woodwork/furniture design

Experience Bonus Points
  • 3D modeling experience (we use Fusion 360​)

  • Electronics and/or lighting

  • Metal fabrication (machining, welding, finishing)

  • Composites (fiberglass, molding & casting)

  • Electronics and/or lighting

  • Sculpture

General Team Requirements

These are things that we expect from everyone on our team:

  • Attitude

    • Overall positive and friendly – both with internal team members and clients/suppliers/partners

    • Passion for creative problem-solving

    • Ability to effectively work both independently and collaboratively with other team members

  • Organization

    • Ability to optimize the workday with high performance and efficiency

    • Demonstrate a sense of urgency with regard to project schedules and budgets

    • Understanding of basic quality control standards and expectations

    • Proper processing of project information – time entry, purchasing, project documentation

  • Shop skills

    • Basic mechanical aptitude

    • Basic print-reading & layout ability

    • General Use of Hand & Power Tools

    • Basic understanding of materials and methods. Ability to learn.

    • Ability to lift ~75lb

    • Ability to work on ladders/scaffolding, and/or unconventional positions as required by exhibit work.

  • Dependability

    • Able to work ~40 hour work week, with flexibility for occasional overtime as needed

  • Valid MA driver’s license and reliable transportation


We are an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status.

  • Inclusive of minority and disadvantaged groups

  • LGBTQ+ friendly workplace


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $18/hour


COVID-19 considerations:
We've learned how to better utilize remote technologies to collaborate and work with our clients, but primarily we're an in-person fab shop.

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