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Systems Engineer


The Exploratorium Exhibits & Media Studio (EMS) is responsible for the design and fabrication of interactive exhibits for global partner institutions as well as the Exploratorium museum floor. This position reports to and works closely with the EMS Production Manager in coordinating, executing, and managing critical parts of the exhibit production processes – particularly related to engineering information systems and job cost estimating. In cooperation with institutional leadership, the EMS Engineering Guild, Exploratorium IT department, outside contractors, and others, the Systems Engineer will develop and maintain systems for management of exhibit assets and will contribute to the development and enforcement of policy and procedures related to same.



Information Systems

  • Refine, develop, maintain, and serve as institutional resource for information systems related to the development and production of exhibits: purchasing, bills of materials, inventory, shop certification, procedure and best practice documentation, engineering document control, CAD/CAM software, etc.

Job Costing & Estimation

  • Together with other exhibits leadership, refine and improve systems for job cost analysis and estimation.
  • Using the available metrics and resources for job cost analysis, and in cooperation with project leadership, design teams, and other institutional resources, develop estimates for future EMS projects.
  • Clearly and concisely communicate estimate assumptions and parameters to project team.
  • Liaise with 3rd party vendors and subcontractors for bid preparation. Help maintain positive and professional vendor relations and a complete, accurate, and accessible vendor database.


  • As a member of the EMS Production Management team, participate as needed in the day-to-day operations of the exhibit shop: procurement, inventory management, space management, packaging, logistics, etc.
  • Maintain positive, professional, and effective lines of communication between staff, management, and other departments, clients, and vendors.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • BS/BA from an accredited college/university or equivalent combination of education and experience in engineering, manufacturing, construction management, architecture, industrial design, or similar.
  • Minimum five years’ professional experience in one or more of the following fields: engineering, manufacturing, information technology, construction management, architecture, or industrial design.
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, best practices relating to enterprise resource planning systems, bills of materials management, and document control required.
  • Ability to read and understand working drawings including architectural, fabrication, mechanical assembly, and electrical schematics. 
  • Advanced experience with Salesforce and FilemakerPro (or similar) essential, plus working knowledge of Netsuite (or similar), CAD / CAM (Autodesk Inventor, Autocad, Sketchup, etc.), and MS Office. Experience with Adobe CS, Smartsheet, Atlassian (Confluence), Basecamp, or Google Apps a plus.  
  • Talent for collaboration and effective teamwork, and demonstrated ability to work with people at all levels of an organization.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and problems simultaneously with minimal supervision. 
  • Excellent sense of value and efficiency as expressed in effectiveness of solutions and personal time management.
  • Professionalism, promptness, initiative, organization, reliability, and strong communication skills.
  • Interest in science and teaching a plus.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds short distances. Able to move from place to place; bend, stretch, grasp, reach, kneel and twist.
  • Must have a current passport and driver’s license.



Open until filled.


This is a regular, full-time (37.5 hours/week) position that does include benefits. Please, no phone calls in regards to the job. 


The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

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