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Our success and industry recognition is the result of our team’s amazing work ethic, customer service, and relentless curiosity that drives innovation. Our work is fast-paced and our standards are high. We are many parts that work and learn together, creating forward-thinking solutions for our customers. We cultivate a work environment that is welcoming, fulfilling, personal growth-oriented, and safe.

Our mission is to use creativity, craftsmanship and exceptional service in every partnership to promote success for our customers, our people and our community.

Please browse our open positions below to find what is right for you. If you are looking for your next career move we want to hear from you!

 

Signage Lighting & Technology Engineer

Job Type: Full-Time

Days/Hours: M-F; Standard Business Hours

Location: Madison Heights, MI

About the Company
D|Fab is a MI-based design, décor manufacturing and installation company in operation since 1973. We are an industry leader in branded environments and expressions. Our purpose is to facilitate extraordinary customer experiences using creativity and innovative solutions. Our success and industry recognition are the result of our team’s amazing work ethic, customer service, and relentless curiosity that drives innovation. Our work is fast-paced, and our standards are high. We are many parts that work and learn together, creating forward-thinking solutions for our customers. We work hard, and yes, we put in a bit of overtime, especially between May and November, but we also cultivate a work environment that is welcoming, fulfilling, and personal growth oriented.

Areas of Expertise
Signage Lighting & Technology Engineering, Décor & Millwork Engineering Drawings, Prototype Builds, Project Management & Installation.

Essential Functions of The Job

  • Assume primary oversight of signage lighting & technology-integrated-décor engineering.
  • This position is responsible for working closely with the design and shop teams to achieve successful prototype builds for experiential, illuminated and technology integrated décor (motion, sound, visual LED effects)
  • Develop and suggest product improvements and modifications based on customer requirements.
  • Work with senior design staff and leadership to develop innovative product solutions that reflect the client’s goals, brand, and culture.
  • Problem solve and innovate to bring new experiences to products, spaces, and experiences.
  • Maintain working knowledge of all lighting properties, designs, and programs for optimal production effect.
  • Creative and resourceful problem solving for client projects and produce R&D.
  • Design of custom edge-lit, back-lit and LED lighting solutions.
  • Safely make electrical connections and rewiring signage and lighting as needed.
  • Engineering and detailing of LED lit, technology integrated décor and product displays.
  • Troubleshoot and problem-solve prototype projects from manufacturing through installation.
  • Communicating with production team through project kick-off meetings.
  • Offer collaborative and creative problem solving.
  • Work on power and lighting design for new décor and signage structures.
  • Facilitate and participate in communication and collaboration in project team meetings to support project goals and schedules.
  • Work with the team to maintain project schedules and installation deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned by a manager.
  • Responsible for following all company policies as stated in the D|Fab employee handbook.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven experience with prototype builds for experiential, illuminated and technology integrated décor (motion, sound, visual LED effects)
  • Experience with integrating flat screens, make whirligigs and windmills move, etc.
  • 3+ years of demonstrated experience in electrical signage, LED lighting and customized CAN lettering and backlit LED lighting
  • 2-4 years’ work experience or familiarity of skilled trades and/or fabrication production environments.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow written directions and basic shop drawings/blueprints.
  • Previous experience in lighting and LED lighting and retrofitting.
  • Familiarity with electrical and mechanical engineering.
  • Strong knowledge of fabrication, technologies, materials, building techniques and production methods.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of basic to more complex electrical and LED concepts.
  • Have a strong understanding of signage and graphics materials, substrates, and manufacturing processes.
  • Strong engineering professional skilled in electrical power, LED/lighting and low voltage
  • Strong leadership abilities: capable of leading team members to complete projects within strict time and budget constraints
  • Ability to conduct final wiring and assembly of LED sign components.
  • Knowledge of 3D printing/additive manufacturing is highly preferred.

Do you have clearance to work?

  • Authorization to work in the United States

Submit Resume

Construction Estimator

Overall position description with general areas of responsibility:

The primary functions of the Construction Estimator are to support Sales, Purchasing & Architectural Design Project Managers by creating cost estimates consisting of materials, sub-contractors, purchased materials, labor, and other construction-related activities.

Essential functions of a Décor and Signage Estimator:

  • Utilizes plans, specifications, and knowledge of construction industry to analyze project needs and compiles detailed cost estimates using Excel.
  • Analyze and make independent recommendations regarding solutions to problems with varying complexity in accordance with organization and/or project objectives and guidelines
  • Responsible for the take-off and pricing of materials to ensure accuracy of quantity, size, configuration, options, etc.
  • Responsible for identifying possible cost saving opportunities and/or risk items that will occur on various interior decor and signage projects.
  • Develops the scope of work for sub-contractors.
  • Optimizes job costs by negotiating prices with vendors/sub-contractors through quotations for materials/services.
  • Responsible for holding job pre-bid meeting with Account Managers to review scope, strategy, etc.
  • Maintains competitive advantage by staying current with industry standards.
  • Computes costs by analyzing labor, material, and time requirements.
  • Creation & analyzation of cost and profit margins as it relates to means & methods of item creation for single and rollout pricing.
  • Understanding the project/program and its requirements
  • Determining key variables for cost and other estimates
  • Perform risk analysis reconciliation of completed projects.

Skills and Experience:

  • Use software for data analysis, forecasting and budgeting; experience with Excel.
  • Proven experience as estimator or similar position
  • Familiarity with financial and project management principles
  • Knowledge of research and data analysis methods and basic estimation formulas
  • Strong math ability with an analytical mindset
  • Resourcefulness and ability to track down information quickly and accurately
  • Ability to learn quickly and prepare estimates in Excel
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, with ability to contribute in meetings
  • Maintains high level of professionalism at all levels
  • Commitment to detail and strong sense of urgency
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Must be well organized and possess problem solving skills
  • Able to read architectural plans and develop cost estimates
  • Positive attitude
  • Negotiation experience
  • Ability to work in a high energy, fast paced team environment
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation abilities
  • Thoroughness and reliability
  • Proficient using the Microsoft Office Suite software (excel, word)
  • BSc/BA in engineering, construction science or relevant discipline would be an asset
  • 3+ years’ experience in construction/ millwork/ exhibit or signage estimating a plus

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Excellent client verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to project manage and be detailed-oriented
  • Ability to demonstrate a high-level of organization
  • Ability to demonstrate prioritization and problem-solving skills
  • Practical knowledge of retail design and architecture, and construction skill set regarding directional signage, graphics and themed interiors
  • Ability to read and understand architectural drawings
  • A keen mind that pays strong attention to detail and has the ability to design for manufacturing across a diverse set of projects
  • A compelling interest in manufacturing processes and continuous improvement.
  • Familiarity with precision metal fabrication, extrusions, composites, and woodworking, and acrylics.
  • Knowledge of signage, exhibits, décor and millwork manufacturing and fabrication techniques, tools and materials Recommended
  • Knowledge of graphics production processes Required
  • Possible site visits on local projects during construction to address problem issues as they arise

 Working conditions

  • This position may require some evening and weekend hours.
  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times when working with team members on the shop floor.

Direct reports

  • None

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Vinyl Graphics Applicator

Days/Hours: 2nd shift M-Th 2:30pm – 1am OT on Fridays.  Training during day shift 

Location: Madison Heights, MI

About the Company

dfab is a MI-based design, decor manufacturing and installation company in operation since 1973.  We are an industry leader in branded environments and expressions. Our purpose is to facilitate extraordinary customer experiences using creativity and innovative solutions. Our success and industry recognition are the result of our team’s amazing work ethic, customer service, and relentless curiosity that drives innovation. Our work is fast-paced, and our standards are high. We are many parts that work and learn together, creating forward-thinking solutions for our customers. We cultivate a work environment that is welcoming, fulfilling, personal growth-oriented and safe.

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Design & Décor Engineering, Décor, Signage & Architectural Alternatives, Technology & Craftsmanship-based Manufacturing, Project Management & Installation.

Essential Functions of The Job

  • The Vinyl Graphics Applicator is responsible for producing quality vinyl-based graphics and sign faces using proper layout techniques and by applying pressure sensitive vinyl or transmask.
  • Use of tools & equipment to produce finished products.
  • Layout, cut, weed, tape and apply pressure sensitive vinyl to various substrates.
  • Apply, prepare, and remove transmask.
  • Read and interpret drawings accurately.
  • Measure accurately for layouts, cutting, and application.
  • Maintain equipment and cleanliness of work area.
  • Other duties as assigned by a manager or supervisor.
  • Perform all job duties using standard safety practices and dfab safety standards.
  • Responsible for reporting safety concerns to supervisor.
  • Responsible for following all company policies as stated in the dfab employee handbook.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 2+ years of production experience, preferred.
  • 2 years vinyl application experience required.
  • Experience operating an industrial sewing machine (banners, etc.) – preferred.
  • Comfortable in a hands-on role and working in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Dependable, self-motivated, and organized.
  • Able to work overtime with short notice. Some Saturday work will be required.
  • This position requires some evening and weekend hours.
  • High school diploma.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Communicate and work well with others.
  • Reliable transportation.

 

Physical Requirements:

 

  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds of material on a regular basis.
  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times while in the shop.

 

Do you have clearance to work?

  • Authorization to work in the United States.

Submit Resume

Junior Estimator

        Junior Décor and Signage Estimator

Overall position description with general areas of responsibility:

The primary functions of a Junior Décor and Signage Estimator are to support Sales, Purchasing & Architectural Design Project Managers by creating cost estimates consisting of materials, sub-contractors, purchased materials, labor, and other construction-related activities.

Essential functions of a Junior Décor and Signage Estimator:

  • Work with other Estimators to utilize plans, specifications, and knowledge of controls/construction industry to analyze project needs and compile detailed cost estimates.
  • Analyze and help make independent recommendations regarding solutions to problems with varying complexity in accordance with organization and/or project objectives and guidelines
  • Responsible for the take-off and pricing of materials to ensure accuracy of quantity, size, configuration, options, etc.
  • Responsible for identifying possible cost saving opportunities and/or risk items that may occur on various projects.
  • Develops the scope of work for subcontractors.
  • Optimizes job costs by negotiating prices with vendors/sub-contractors through quotations for materials/services.
  • Responsible for participating in job pre-bid meetings with Account Managers to review scope, strategy, etc.
  • Maintains competitive advantage by staying current with industry standards.
  • Computes costs by analyzing labor, material, and time requirements.
  • Creation & analyzation of cost and profit margins as it relates to means & methods of item creation for single and rollout pricing.
  • Understanding the project/program and its requirements
  • Determining key variables for cost and other estimates
  • Perform risk analysis reconciliation of completed projects.

Skills and Experience:

  • Use software for data analysis, forecasting and budgeting (primarily Excel)
  • Proven experience in a data driven position
  • Familiarity with financial and project management principles
  • Basic knowledge of or ability to quickly learn research and data analysis methods and estimation formulas
  • Exquisite math and IT ability with an analytical mindset
  • Resourcefulness and ability to track down information quickly and accurately
  • Ability to learn quickly and prepare estimates in the proprietary format
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, with ability to lead meetings
  • Maintains high level of professionalism at all levels
  • Commitment to detail and strong sense of urgency
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Must be well organized and possess problem solving skills
  • Able to read architectural plans and develop cost estimates is a plus.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work well with others
  • Ability to work in a high energy, fast paced team environment
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation abilities
  • Thoroughness and reliability
  • Proficient using the Microsoft Office Suite software (excel, word)

 

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Willingness to learn and be mentored (no prior estimating experience required but would be a ‘nice to have’)
  • Basic Excel spreadsheet working knowledge
  • Ability to ask questions to seek understanding on tasks unsure of
  • Ability to project manage and be detailed-oriented
  • Prior field experience /practical knowledge of retail design/architecture/installation a plus
  • Ability to demonstrate a high-level of organization
  • Ability to demonstrate prioritization and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to offer solutions and think outside the box
  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, construction or another related field preferred but not required
  • Driven to grow with the company
  • Practical knowledge of /skill set in construction regarding directional signage, graphics and themed interiors
  • Basic knowledge of 3D design software such as AutoCAD, 3D modeling tools (how things are built)
  • Has a strong thought processes for build methods and 3D visualization and installation
  • Ability to read and understand basic architectural/ shop drawings
  • A keen mind that pays strong attention to detail and has the ability to visualize design for manufacturing across a diverse set of projects
  • A compelling interest in manufacturing processes and continuous improvement.
  • Familiarity with various building materials (woods, acrylics, metal fabrication, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of signage, exhibits, décor and millwork manufacturing and fabrication techniques, tools and materials Recommended
  • Possible site visits on local projects during construction to address problem issues as they arise.

 

Working conditions

  • Office/desk position; working heavily on a computer with some collaboration in shop with various team members.
  • This position may require some evening and weekend hours.
  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times when working with team members on the shop floor.

Direct reports

  • None

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Project Coordinator

Are you organized? Do you like a challenge? Can you flip from one task to another easily? We are looking for you! We hire for attitude!

We are a hybrid workforce, we work both from home and in the building.

This can be an introduction to design, you can learn the development of concept presentations and quote write-ups for signage and small retail spaces, including elevations. You will support the Architectural Design Project Managers in executing project tasks while developing knowledge of manufacturing, materials, and write-ups. This position leads to multiple paths for advancement!

Overall position description with general areas of responsibility:

Assist the design staff with tasks such as:

  • Retrieve Scope Information and work with the database schedules (excel & google doc or comparable)
  • Update and maintain project schedules throughout the design process to help prioritize design projects and forecast for production
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings
  • Set up project folders on our client drive, maintain template changes
  • Work with architectural drawings in multiple forms.
  • Make job folders (hardcopy)
  • File distributions into job folders (hardcopy)
  • Send revised design quotes when projects are deleted or scope changes
  • Scan documents/redlines to send to contract employees
  • Confirm redlines are documented in system and picked up locally.
  • Potential Future Tasks depending on their skill set and experience:
  • Post Drawings to Sitefolio
  • Take-off’s
  • Write-Up’s

Computer Skill Development

  • Increase knowledge of drafting, 3D modeling, graphic and office software suites
  • Adjustment of redlined drawings

Develop knowledge of Manufacturing Processes & Materials

  • Learn to use Dfab drawing standards and processes
  • Develop décor write-up for estimating projects
  • Prepare master quotes for roll-out programs
  • Learn to handle rollout programs to assist sales staff with processing orders.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Proficient using the Microsoft Office Suite software (excel, word)
  • Ability to navigate project folders on our network
  • Field survey existing space, gather reference photos, critical dimensions, etc.
  • Possible site visits on local projects during construction to address problem issues as they arise
  • Evaluation of space after Décor is installed, including final walkthrough for punch list items, finish photos, etc.

 Working conditions

  • This position requires some evening and weekend hours.
  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times when working with team members on the shop floor.

Direct reports

  • None

Submit Resume

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