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May 14, 2021 04:01

Shop Supervisor & Lead Technician

New York City Job

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Shop Supervisor & Lead Technician Job Listing
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$ 27/HOUR
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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.

Full-time, salaried position. Hourly rate is estimated. This is a salaried position, actual salary to be discussed with select candidates. Salary range $54 – 59k, commensurate with experience.

Accepting applications until Sunday, May 30th.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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. 


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. 


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.


Apply with resume, cover letter, and any additional information via our applicant portal here.

Be sure to mention how you heard about the position.

For any questions not answered here or at, you may contact [email protected].

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