You are responsible for fabricating world-class exhibits, environments, sets, and interiors. You have a broad and refined skill set, your attention to detail is impeccable, and your craft turns heads. Ravenswood Studio has a decades long reputation for completing the finest projects for museums, theaters, operas, and commercial interests. It is difficult to overstate your role in the team’s continued success. Our clients are consistently thrilled when their designs come to life. Your role is difficult to capture in a simple title: the Art Department handles applying coatings and finishes, process sampling, sculpting, texturing, mold making, casting, finish preparation, equipment maintenance, materials handling, installations, and load outs.
Safety and efficiency are key to our success. You work with direction from both Department Managers and Project Leads. The Department Managers are responsible for keeping their shops humming. This includes providing training on all of our equipment, helping keep your skills honed, and refining our processes. Art Leads are the ultimate champions for each of our jobs. They meet consistently with our Project Managers to set priorities and ensure you have the information and materials you need. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Understanding and professionally implementing our safety programs helps keep everyone safe.
You are engaged in every step of finishing and Art Department processes from receiving materials, creating amazing work, packing it safely on a truck, and keeping the shop clean and ready for the next day. We do our best to utilize the latest tools and technologies to make your day run smoother and the work pop. You will help us all advance our trade by following our known best practices and staying informed of the latest tools and technologies available in the shop. We will rely on your expertise to solve challenges and push our practices to the next level. That collaboration is critical to Ravenswood’s success.
Our industry presents us with a variety of challenges to tackle daily. Sometimes you will work based on formal drawing sets full of detail; sometimes from designer renderings; and, sometimes no reference exists. When information is scarce or we are gathering information through action, your ability to create from an idea or develop solutions in the shop with the project team is crucial.
Though we enjoy a 100,000 square foot shop, space can get tight. Coordinate your tasks with the project workflow and other shop personnel to maximize the efficient use of shop space for all our projects.
Follow Standard Operating Procedures for common processes as directed by the Department Managers.
Ensure understanding of processes required before proceeding with any task.
Follow product application instructions per the product’s Technical Data Sheet. This includes the selection of equipment, nozzle size, wet coating thickness, pressure settings, environmental conditions, recoat/handling/dry times, and other conditions as appropriate. Do not deviate from those instructions unless following a documented process proven by a thorough sampling and wear testing procedure.
Safely use shop and personal tooling. Do not use equipment for purposes it was not designed.
We often need help across departments. Everyone in the shop lends a hand with material handling, cleaning, and maintenance. Clients frequently comment “Wow! You have a really clean shop.”
Provide material handling assistance both loading and unloading as specified by Department Managers.
Return shared resources and tools promptly after using them. This includes spray equipment, clamps, tools, sawhorses, worktables, materials handling equipment, and shop carts.
Creative projects present novel challenges every day. Problem solving and critical thinking are essential to find effective solutions.
SHOP SAFETY AND UPKEEP:
Follow all Ravenswood Safety Policies.
Though we do high caliber work and often work under tight deadlines, nothing we do should risk your health and safety. We have strong safety policies to help us all go home to our families, friends, and communities.
Safety is a team effort, if it does not look right or feel right, speak up!
Use machine guards, remove trip hazards, coil cords and hoses when not in use, and maintain clear passages throughout the building.
Wear appropriate attire and required PPE as specified in Ravenswood’s safety programs.
Reference SDS when working with materials. Ensure familiarity with all hazards associated with those materials.
Do not perform any action or use any tool without knowledge of the hazards associated.
Engage tool training provided by Department Managers; learn improved techniques and awareness of hazards.
The Art Department presents a uniquely messy collection of materials and processes. Consistent daily upkeep is necessary to keep the shop in functional order. Everyone in the Department is involved.
Our shared stationary and power tools receive maintenance and repair from our Facilities Engineer. You will provide the day-to-day reset, tidying, and upkeep. Reset shared stationary tooling to its “zero” position after use. This includes cleaning, removing scrap, disassembling jigs, and replacing all machine guards.
Maintain organization and cleanliness of shared shop resources. This includes the paint shelves, spray booth, sculpting booth, mixing table, sample table, spray equipment, plural component system, tool room, hardware storage, stationary tool stations, carts, loading docks, company vehicles, staging areas, and worktables.
Maintain clean and organized work behaviors. Clean up after yourself. Assist others with cleaning and maintenance.
Abide by all time and attendance policies.
Attend meetings as requested.
Diligently execute other tasks as assigned.
Participate in training as directed.
Record hours accurately by assigned cost codes.
Participate in local and out-of-town installations. Most out-of-town installations last 1 – 2 weeks. Occasional installations will require 3 – 4 week stints out-of-town. The selection of crews for out-of-town calls exceeding 2 weeks is done on a volunteer basis.
Work overtime as required; this can include Saturdays. Though we work hard to staff overtime calls on a volunteer basis, we occasionally make overtime mandatory.
COLLABORATION + COMMUNICATION:
We have a culture of knowledge and skill sharing. You know the limits of your skills. Seek assistance when necessary. If you see someone struggling, lend a hand.
Often, we lean into the Art Department’s deep combined experience to determine best process or create solutions. This collaboration is critical to Ravenswood’s success.
Understand assigned tasks thoroughly and know how the task fits into the overall project.
Our success comes from making many incremental improvements. You are part of a team effort to continue that work. Meet with the Art Leads and Department Managers routinely.
Let the Art Lead know about any client requests received directly. Exercise your discretion and keep the project moving.
Maintain clear and concise business communication at all times.
We keep all of our “bread and butter” materials on hand. Sometimes we go through more than usual. If you see something running low, let the Art Lead or Department Manager know.
Respectfully represent Ravenswood anytime you are in front of a client. This includes onsite work, shop visits, and planning meetings.
Anticipate time and material use overruns. Communicate with the Art Lead before exceeding the budget.
Proactively provide project updates to the Project Manager and Art Lead as appropriate.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS
Lift and carry up to 50 pounds safely.
Wear protective footwear at all times.
Wear ear protection and protective eyewear as required by task. Use respiratory PPE safely and appropriately.
Stand for prolonged periods.
Ability to read construction documentation and use a scale rule.
Ability to interpret artistic elevations, models, renderings, sketches, and drawings.
Familiarity with a variety of paint application technologies. This includes brushing, rolling, and spraying.
When needed, provide personal hand tools, cordless power tools, layout tools, and appropriate tool storage. Art Department duties rarely require personally supplied equipment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, + ABILITIES
Relevant degree/diploma, professional certification, or equivalent work experience/demonstrated skills.
Minimum of 2 years experience in a related field.
Broad knowledge of modern finishing, coating, faux finishing, sculpting, casting, molding methods and technologies.
Ability to communicate proficiently and proactively with all personnel.
Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.
Ability to identify when a task demands expertise outside of developed skillset and to seek assistance accordingly.
Intrinsic curiosity and enthusiasm for problem solving and bespoke fabrication.
A critical eye for detail and aesthetics.
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