Exhibit Fabrication Specialist

Posting Date: Jun 24, 2024

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Exhibit Fabrication Specialist 
Job Requisition ID: 59458
Ministry: Arts, Culture and Status of Women
Location: Edmonton
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: Until successful candidate identified
Classification: Information & Creative Technical Services 4
Salary: $2,302.69 to $3,015.79 bi-weekly ($60,100 - $78,712/year)


The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx

The Ministry of Arts, Culture and Status of Women works to improve Albertans’ quality of life through support of cultural development, historical preservation and increased gender equality. 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.

For more information about the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) please visit our website at: https://royalalbertamuseum.ca

Role Responsibilities

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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APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

In this role, you will contribute to our team by demonstrating the following behavioral competencies:

  • Systems Thinking: Considers relationships among initiatives and relations to department priority and expected project outcomes; integrates emerging trends; considers implications of different options.
  • Creative Problem solving: Helps produce and implement projects with multiple stakeholders simultaneously and is able to use technical skills, analytical and creative thinking to arrive at innovative solutions. 
  • Build Collaborative Environments: Creates opportunities for project teams and stakeholder to share information; respects others' point-of-view; encourages or facilitates conflict resolution; recognizes performance of all groups involved.
  • Agility: Sees the need and readily steps in to help others on the team; anticipates change and adapts behavior accordingly; is nimble and open to changes.


Minimum Recruitment Standards (MRS): 

University graduation in a related field plus three years related experience in fabricating custom products, ideally for a museum, science center or other cultural institutions. Several years’ experience working in a fabrication shop, using both standard shop tools and operating computer-aided fabrication equipment (e.g., programing and operating a CNC machine); or equivalent as described below.

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of: 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

The following knowledge or experience is preferred:

  • Proven track record in technical drawings, fabrication, and installation, with the ability to engage and collaborate with technical team members;
  • Ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously while creating productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Superior ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Proficiency with Windows PC platform, computer aided design programs (CAD, 3D modeling, etc.), Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft 365, and comfort with learning a variety of new computer program software;
  • Some degree of competence and skill across all exhibit technician functions
  • A level of expertise in one or more fabrication-related functions, which can include, carpentry, metalwork, casting, along with knowledge of finishes, assembly processes and installation techniques;
  • Ability to interpret detailed exhibit drawings, architectural/engineering blueprints, and create technical drawings and fabrication documents based on those specifications;
  • Able to lift and handle 25 kg;
  • Knowledge of safety regulations and material handling practices, including those stipulated by Alberta's OH&S laws and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System;
  • Ability to operate and train others to work on an elevated work platform, boom lifts and a forklift, plus maintain necessary certifications;
  • Valid driver's license and experience loading, unloading, and operating cube vans and 5-ton trucks.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. 

Refer to https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-minimum-recruitment-standards.


This is a permanent full-time position working 36.25 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Some evening and weekend work is required.

This position is currently based in Edmonton, AB. The position will require some travel within the province of Alberta.

For your application to be considered, a cover letter explaining your qualification and suitability for this role must be attached with your application. 

In your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Also, please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part time or full time.

The final candidate may undergo pre-employment checks and reference checks. 

Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses, will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in. 

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How To Apply
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/job-application-resources#before for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)(https://www.alberta.ca/international-qualifications-assessment.aspx) or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (https://canalliance.org/en/default.html).
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Adenike Oluwatuminu Adebayo-Coker at Adenike.Adebayo-Coker@gov.ab.ca