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Exhibit Lighting Specialist/Builder

The National Aquarium
Baltimore, United States Posted: January 30, 2024


Experience with computer-controlled lighting systems setup, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting is required. Qualified candidates should have work experience setting up, programing, operating, and maintaining DMX lighting systems. A working knowledge of computer network protocols (TCP/IP) and network adapter settings is required. Knowledge and experience with DMX over ethernet or networked DMX and associated technologies such as sACN and Art-Net is desirable.

  • Knowledge of a broad range of exhibit lighting types (FL, PC, LED, HID, etc.), and a working knowledge of electricity and electrical circuits is also helpful. Soldering is a must. Comprehension of visible light spectroscopy and color theory is essential.
  • Working knowledge of Macro Programming, ETC EOS, Mosaic Designer or IT Cueserver and other such software is required.
  • 8-10 years of experience in exhibits, theater, architectural or production lighting (or similar field)
  • Assists in maintaining existing live-display components, primarily exhibit lighting but also including some habitat décor and BOH elements.
  • Fabrication duties include sustained and potentially rigorous physical activity under varied site and workshop.
  • conditions, which may involve hazardous materials, working at heights, or other challenges.
  • Participates in product selection, customization, installation, and maintenance of gallery exhibit lighting.
  • Assists in the fabrication and installation of new or renovated interpretive exhibits.
Electrical Soldering
  • Assist with the daily maintenance of the exhibits; including, but not limited to; cleaning fixtures, soldering wires, re-lamping of exhibit lights/panels/boxes, storage, and inventory.
  • May assist in producing working scale models and/or presentation scale models. Bench testing fixtures.
  • Adheres to all institutional safety procedures, which pertain to assigned tasks, proper use of shop tools and routine upkeep of shop spaces and related work sites.
  • Participates in material purchases, maintains accurate financial records of these activities, and works within budget boundaries.
  • Maintains accurate records of specific workload activities.
  • Gather existing site or project related data in the form of organized and legible lists, descriptions, dimensioned sketches/diagrams, etc.
  • Research materials, fabrication methods, techniques, prototyping and testing of lighting, etc., as directed by supervisor(s)
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience/training
  • Communication with outside vendors/technicians and technical assistance.
POSITION SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:   
  • Attention to detail, quality control, thoroughness.
  • Listens well; capable of following detailed instructions.
  • Professionally congenial, cooperative “team player”
  • Appreciation of aquatic species, the natural world, and informal learning
  • Good understanding of lighting design concepts and DMX lighting control
  • Good understanding of electrical and electronic circuits and use of appropriate, related test equipment
  • Good information and data gathering skills, Ability to take good documentation photos, Decent sketching ability.
  • Understanding of applied math and geometry such as fractions, ratios, percentages, decimal equivalents, metric conversions, right-triangle (Pythagorean) geometry, circle geometry, etc.
  • Good mechanical aptitude and superior troubleshooting skills
  • Scissor/Boom lift Certification/experience is highly desirable.
  • Good writing skills, Ability to write clear, concise, and grammatically correct letters, memos, descriptions, etc.
  • Experience with a variety of specialty materials like plastics, composites, metals, etc. is beneficial and a good working knowledge of fasteners, adhesives, and coatings is desirable.
  • Experience with 3D CAD software (such as Solidworks, Rhino, AlibreCAD, etc.) and/or 2D CAD software (such as AutoCAD, ARES, Vector Works, etc.) is a plus.
Experience Required
  • Good understanding of lighting design concepts and DMX lighting control Good understanding of electrical and electronic circuits and use of appropriate, related test equipment Good information and data gathering skills, Ability to take good documentation photos, Decent sketching ability.
  • Understanding of applied math and geometry such as fractions, ratios, percentages, decimal equivalents, metric conversions, right-triangle (Pythagorean) geometry, circle geometry, etc.
  • Good mechanical aptitude and superior troubleshooting skills Scissor/Boom lift Certification/experience is highly desirable.
  • Good writing skills, Ability to write clear, concise, and grammatically correct letters, memos, descriptions, etc.
  • Experience with a variety of specialty materials like plastics, composites, metals, etc. is beneficial and a good working knowledge of fasteners, adhesives, and coatings is desirable.
  • Experience with 3D CAD software (such as Solidworks, Rhino, AlibreCAD, etc.) and/or 2D CAD software (such as AutoCAD, ARES, Vector Works, etc.) is a plus.
Perks
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(K) match and More!

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