Fabrication workshop manager

Job description

Fabrication Workshop Manager

Attention makers, creators, woodworkers and workshop managers! Melbourne’s newest DIY makerspace
is looking for 2 part-time Fabrication Workshop Managers. Are you the right person for the job?

FAB9 is Melbourne’s newest DIY open-access makerspace, a space purpose-built for the design and
creation of physical objects. FAB9 provides tools, technology, and training for anyone interested in making,
for a monthly membership fee.

Prior to its February 2019 opening, FAB9 is on the lookout for 2 part-time Fabrication Workshop Managers
with excellent customer service skills and a passion for woodworking. To be successful for the role, you will
be highly-competent in the operation of woodworking machines, tools and flatbed CNC routers, and have
good working knowledge of their repair and maintenance. Knowledge and experience with other fabrication
techniques and processes such as laser cutting and 3D printing is an advantage.

You will oversee 5 machine shops including the Timber shop, CNC lab, Electronics Lab and Digi Fab and,
in the future, a Metal shop. This role will see you report directly to the CEO and although this is a highly
operational role, there will be hands-on components.

Key responsibilities include

  •  day-to-day management and operations of the makerspace, so strong organisational and
    management skills are essential
  • the creation and implementation of a robust and comprehensive OH&S policy and procedure, so a
    thorough knowledge regarding the health and safety management of workshop facilities is key
  • overseeing machine and equipment servicing schedule and repair, diagnostics and
    troubleshooting and the procurement of new equipment and tools for the makerspace. Confidence
    and experience liaising with Original Equipment Manufacturers, distributors and suppliers is
  • show strong leadership skills and the ability to manage a team of workshop technicians while
    contributing to their skills and professional development through providing training and
    mentorship, all with a view to building a happy, engaged and supportive team
  • most importantly, being committed to providing exceptional customer service. You will enjoy
    interacting with FAB9’s diverse membership base, from engineers, designers, furniture makers,
    craftspeople, artists, and anyone who is interested in the making of physical objects. You will be
    someone who gets great satisfaction from introducing people to all kinds of making, and helping
    FAB9 members improve their skills and realise their ideas

To be successful, you will

  • have a great attitude and a customer-centric approach
  • enjoy interacting with people from diverse backgrounds
  • have good verbal and written communication skills
  • be able to lead by example in machine operation proficiency, and OH&S best practices
  • have high-level competence in the operation of woodworking machines and tools and flatbed CNC
  • have familiarity with different materials and fabrication tools, techniques and processes
  • be available for a rotating roster, with weekday (Monday to Friday), Thursday or Friday evening
    and weekend work
  • have 5-10 years in workshop management role or similar
  • have a working knowledge and use of Google suite

About the role

  • immediate start with a view to permanent work, 3-4 days a week
  • clean and new workshop, designed around safe and logical workflows
  • based in one of Melbourne’s most exciting locations – The Dream Factory in Footscray
  • part of a diverse and passionate team and unique and exciting project


FAB9 values diversity. FAB9 is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourage women and men of all ages, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, mature aged workers and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

If this sounds like you, please submit your CV and cover letter to hello@fab9.com.au

How to apply
Please submit your CV and cover letter to hello@fab9.com.au
  • Company: FAB9
  • Job type:
  • Job role: Fabrication Workshop Manager
  • Location: Footscray