Exhibit Fabrication Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • On site
  • $60,100 – $78,712
  • Deadline: Open until filled (position may be filled before posting expiry date)
  • Posting expires: August 24, 2024

Royal Alberta Museum

The Royal Alberta Museum collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits objects and specimens related to the heritage of Alberta’s people and natural environment. In collaboration with other branches within Heritage Division, the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) Branch is responsible for designing and producing galleries, exhibits, and interpretive features for 18 of the division's museums (including RAM), historic sites and interpretive centres located throughout Alberta. The RAM Branch's Visitor Experience Unit is instrumental in leading this work.


As an Exhibit Fabrication Specialist, you are a key member of a multidisciplinary team responsible for building, installing, and maintaining exhibits, galleries, and similar public spaces in museums and historic sites. This position focuses on fabricating specialized components needed to build new displays and repair existing ones. You have creative agility, independent judgment, and technical knowledge across several functions. Additionally, you are a well-organized problem solver and a strong prototype builder with knowledge of drafting standards and conventions.

Working in collaboration with team members in a workshop environment, you will build prototypes, mock-ups, and the specially designed components scoped out earlier in the development process. The position’s fabrication skills include carpentry, painting, and some metalwork, with digital fabrication as a strong asset. Attention to detail is crucial, ensuring that all components are constructed to the highest standards and specifications.

Key responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Using standard shop tools (e.g. table saw, band saw, domino wood joining system, planers, jointers, etc.) to fabricate and finish exhibit display components and prototypes.
  • Programming and operating digital fabrication technologies (e.g. CNC router, laser cutter, 3D printer) to fabricate exhibit components.
  • Using woodworking and metal working skills to produce artifact mounts, supports, simple mechanical interactives, exhibit furniture, plinths, props, and replicas.
  • Knowledge of materials (plastics, composites, metals, woods, etc.), technical specifications, and fabrication methods.
  • Working from detailed/measured drawings created by Exhibit Designers, prepares fabrication-related documents required to build exhibit components. This can include preparing shop drawings, preparing files for digital fabrication equipment, and writing installation manuals/instructions.
  • Conduct research on appropriate materials, finishes, hardware systems, fabrication methods, industrial finishes, assembly processes, and installation techniques.
  • Provide recommendations on construction constraints and options affecting the construction of built components;
  • Install and disassemble exhibits and other interpretive experiences.
  • Confirm proper installation as per plans.
  • Develop and implement rigging solutions for overhead or aerial display components within an exhibit.
  • Lead and participate in project teams as assigned.
  • Maintain a safe, tidy workshop environment and maintain tools/equipment as required.
  • Participate in team meetings and other committees or project teams as assigned.
  • Complete other related duties as assigned by the Manager and/or Lead Exhibit Technician.

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