Shop Supervisor & Lead Technician - MICRO
May 13, 2021
Brooklyn, New York
Job Type



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.

Full-time, salaried position. Salary range $54 - 59k, commensurate with experience.

Accepting applications until Sunday, May 30th.


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.


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.


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

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