About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.
We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!
The Job: The Exhibit Technician performs electrical, mechanical, electronic and aesthetic preventative and corrective maintenance on all assigned exhibits.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Insure proper working order/functionally of all assigned exhibits.
- Accurately report assigned exhibits status to coordinator for daily down log report.
- Coordinate repair activity with supervisor and other technician(s) who service the same assigned exhibits.
- Walk through assigned exhibits a minimum of three times each day to check for proper operation and then make repairs if necessary.
- Maintain an inventory of spare parts.
- Complete all requested written reports, forms, etc.
- Report all nonfunctional exhibits to supervisor(s) and initiate necessary repairs.
- Perform corrective and preventative maintenance on audiovisual equipment.
- Perform electromechanical corrective and preventative maintenance on exhibits.
- Perform light carpentry and cosmetic repair to assigned exhibits
- Participate on teams to discuss exhibit/museum related topics.
- Research parts and materials as necessary.
- Inform proper department in the event there is a nonexhibit related problem in their assigned areas.
- Write technical reports; draw schematics, etc. when required.
- Maintain cleanliness of all mechanical, electronic and electrical equipment.
- Perform diagnostic testing of computer systems as required for system failures and preventative maintenance.
- Substitute for other technicians when necessary.
- Check functionality of equipment to evaluate system performance.
- Install and dismantle permanent and temporary exhibits.
- Participate in Museum sponsored training programs.
- Be stewards for overall world-class quality of the guest experience.
- Other duties may be assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Two years certificate from college or technical school and two years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess strong mechanical and electrical aptitude with two years of related experience.
LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
REASONING ABILITY Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
OTHER Ability to work on high ladders scaffolds and mechanical lifts on a daily basis. Ability to operate electronic test equipment which includes oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, signal generators, etc. Ability to operate motorized and manually operated lifting equipment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.