Exhibit Fabricator

Corrales, NM

The Position

We seek a full-time Exhibit Fabricator who can help build custom exhibit installations. We are looking for a detail-oriented, craftsperson who can help us create world-class exhibits and installations. The work is bespoke—every project is different and no two days are the same. We often embed digital systems into the objects we create, such as the multitouch displays built by our product manufacturing team or custom exhibits designed by our Creative Services group. Our clients for these projects are world-famous museums, zoos, aquariums, and Fortune 500 companies located around the world. This in-person position is at Ideum's studios in scenic Corrales, New Mexico (near Albuquerque and an hour from Santa Fe).

Successful candidates will have experience working in a professional shop environment, preferably creating custom or one-off work. They must know how to use tools. Woodworking skills are essential, though a background in metal or plastic fabrication will also be considered valuable. Proficiency in digital fabrication, especially CNC routers, will be highly regarded. We are very interested in finding a candidate with experience in the museum or exhibit world but will consider others depending on their portfolio and skillset.

The position requires teamwork and good communication skills. We work in small fabrication teams usually in collaboration with other groups at Ideum such as AV, hardware Workshop, or Creative Services.  The Exhibit Fabricator will work closely with Producers, Exhibit Designers, Media Systems Staff, and other team members. The position will report directly to the Director of Fabrication and/or Lead Exhibit Fabricator.

We are a fast-paced company with high expectations; we seek someone who is as passionate about the work as we are. Our fabricators collaborate with the rest of the company along with external partners, so strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential. As a relatively small company (around 40 people) that is fast moving and has a diverse set of projects (and unique products), we seek individuals who are flexible, quick on their feet, and with a diverse skill set.    


  • 2 years minimum general shop experience

  • 3 years experience with woodworking

  • Ability to see a project through from concept to completion

  • Experience with woodworking (ideally, demonstrated by portfolio)

  • Ability to use a variety of shop tools

  • Detail-oriented

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to contribute to documentation and other written materials

  • Highly motivated and self-directed

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt on the fly

Extra Credit

  • Experience with SolidWorks, Fusion 360, and/or other CAD software

  • Experience with digital fabrication processes, especially CNC routers

  • Experience spraying finishes, especially conversion varnish or pre-cat lacquer

  • A degree in museum studies and/or experience with museum exhibits and installations

  • Knowledge of ADA standards and regulations 
  • Experience with metal fabrication
  • Experience with plastic fabrication

  • Experience with fine woodworking or furniture making

  • Experience in object design or industrial design

  • Experience with rigging

  • Experience with electronics and electrical systems, especially microcontrollers and LEDs

  • Experience with UI/UX or graphic design

  • Experience with technical documentation

  • Knowledge and/or passion for history, art, or sciences

About Ideum

We are a multidisciplinary experience design firm that focuses on using emerging technologies in creative and unexpected ways. We create visitor-centric exhibits that evoke wonder, awe, and surprise, but that also tell important stories about science, art, history, and culture that have a lasting impact.  We work with museums, educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and other entities throughout North America and around the world. Our firm provides design services, custom software development, media systems design and installation, and custom fabrication.

Our multitouch tables and touch displays are practical implementations of recent advances in multiple areas of emerging technology. Our hardware products are built to be used in social environments where they encourage interaction and collaboration. We take pride in what we design and build, and we focus on reliability and performance to create products that last. We’ve been a leader in touch table development for nearly 15 years.  

We are located in scenic Corrales, New Mexico (near Albuquerque and an hour from Santa Fe). Please visit our portfolio and product website to learn more about us: http://www.ideum.com.

Benefits and Incentives

Compensation between $45,000 to $55,000 depending on experience

After 90 days of employment, this position includes paid time off, health, dental, and vision insurance, critical illness and accident insurance, life insurance, and short-term/long-term disability. Employees are eligible after one year of employment for our 401K Safe Harbor Profit Sharing Plan.

This job is onsite at our Fabrication Studio in Corrales, NM. All of our employees are 100% vaccinated (you will need to be too).

Fine Print 

Ideum, Inc. is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We value a diverse workplace and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veterans status, disability status, nationalities, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law. Should an applicant need reasonable accommodations in the application process, he or she should contact a company representative. 

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

How to Apply

Please include a resume, cover letter, and relevant work samples/portfolio. No phone calls or walk-ins, please. NOTE: *Applications without a cover letter and relevant work samples/portfolio will not be considered.