Museum of Science
  • 22-Apr-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Exhibit Technical Design & Production - 136
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • 26.64-28.84
  • Hourly
  • Grant-Funded, Full Time

Exhibit Engineer

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


The Exhibit Technical Designers/Engineers are the Museum's "Makers" or exhibit engineers, responsible for designing, fabricating, and troubleshooting interactive and technical exhibit components. The Exhibit Engineer is cross disciplinary creator, that may have a particular field or specialty ranging from mechanical to electronic design, but always works with a high level of craft and detail. Working as part of exhibition team throughout the entire exhibit development process: creating and revising prototypes, fabricating and installing final exhibit components that meet the educational goals, provides a safe experience for staff and visitors, and are maintainable for the life of the exhibition. The technical designer works on multiple projects at once, both alone and within teams, to implement both their own designs and those given to them, always ensuring a high quality of work.


  • 1-3 major new permanent and temporary exhibit projects per year, incorporating 5 - 25 interactive exhibit components each and a total budget of $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
  • Provides technical expertise to 3-4 exhibit project teams per year
  • 6-12 small new exhibit projects per year incorporating several interactive or technical components each, including documentation
  • Fabricates 20-30 exhibit components and component pieces, including machining, model making and scenic work
  • Fields dozens of fabrication and troubleshooting assistance requests from departments throughout the museum as directed


This position is full-time, Monday - Friday, 40 hrs / week


Sr. Director, Exhibits


  • Post high school course work, technical degree, associate's degree, business or vocational certificate.
  • 3 or more years of design, fabrication, and repair of mechanical, electrical, or electromechanical systems experience.
  • Familiarity with designing, fabricating, or troubleshooting: mechanical systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics and electromechanical systems.
  • Ability to understand and interpret design drawings and schematics.
  • Familiarity with fabrication and installation skills, including; building objects made of wood, metals, plastics, and composites.
  • Ability to collaborate closely with project teams, and also work independently, when required.
  • Ability to learn, understand and follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, new skills, processes, and safety requirements.


Non-Exempt (Hourly). $26.84 - $28.84 / hr


Benefits for full-time, non-exempt (hourly) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, commuter spending account, 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, a Museum membership, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!


Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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