GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The MUSEUM TECHNICIAN provides specialized construction and maintenance services for a museum and/or interpretive
center to aid in the exhibition and storage of art, archival, and exhibit objects, and provides technical assistance
to exhibit designers.
This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Exhibit and Storage Installations. Typical tasks: constructs display apparatus for new exhibits following
instructions provided by professional museum personnel; uses table saw, drill press, miter saw, skill saw, belt
sander, and other power and hand tools to build exhibit cases, panels, shelving, barriers, and other constructions
necessary to display exhibit items; finishes or refinishes display apparatus by sanding, painting, and cleaning;
installs locks and other security mechanisms as needed, or contacts professionals for services.
- Maintenance and Renovation. Typical tasks: renovates existing exhibits following instructions from professional
museum personnel; constructs, paints, cleans, and refurbishes exhibit display, observing the careful handling and
special procedures associated with museum and/or exhibit objects; repairs and maintains electrical wiring on museum
exhibit cases and overhead exhibit lighting, or contacts service personnel as necessary for installation and maintenance
of wiring; directs and assists student workers in general upkeep and cleanliness of work areas (e.g., paint, storage,
and workshop area); calls physical plant and other service personnel when needed (e.g., for major facility maintenance
and repairs, installation of security locks).
- Technical Advice. Typical tasks: works with exhibit designs to develop solutions; to display problems
involving a variety of construction materials (e.g., wood, metal, plexiglass, papier-mache, clay, adhesives,and
papers); provides time and material cost estimates.
- Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: directs work study students on the use of tools and organization of work
(e.g., sanding, painting, carpentry, tool safety); performs minor and general cleaning functions of exhibits/artifacts;
maintains inventory of materials (e.g., lumber, hardware, solvents, paints) under direction of museum personnel;
assists in packing and unpacking museum items, observing special handling and transport procedures as directed.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class have regular in-person contact with museum curators, registrars, and other professional
personnel to receive instructions and direction on special projects, and with student workers to give them direction
and instruction on the job. There is occasional in-person and telephone contact with physical plant and museum
personnel to explain problems needing attention and to secure services, as well as with vendors and salespeople
to purchase lumber and supplies.
Employees in this class receive general supervision from a director, registrar, or curator who assigns work
and reviews it in progress and upon completion for quality and conformance to museum standards and procedures,
as well as for adherence to budget. Special projects and requests are reviewed by those seeking technical aid for
conformance to specifications and quality of work. Employees in this class use building codes, operator and procedure
manuals and Administrative Rules and procedures as guidelines.
Two years of general carpentry experience involving both basic construction work like framing and finish work
such as cabinetry.