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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, safe … and we’ve been known to have a few spontaneous BBQ’s!

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!

Contract & Freelance Opportunities

We are proactive about building a network of trusted and reliable contract designers.

Our network is comprised of professionals with interior design, architecture and graphic design backgrounds. Qualified candidates possess the required CAD skill set, demonstrate high-level communication and respect deadlines.

Work Type

  • Roll-out Contractor Bid Sets and Décor Drawings (CAD elevations & plans)
  • Interior Design – interior finish selection, lighting, millwork detailing
  • Environmental / Graphic Design

Compatible software

  • Software knowledge required includes Autocad and/or Revit
  • Graphics software (such as CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator) and 3D (such as SketchUp)
  • (contract employees must have own professional software licenses)

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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

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Signage Lighting & Technology Assembly Technician

Signage Lighting & Technology Assembly Technician Job Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Days/Hours: 8am-4:30pm; M-F; Some Saturdays may be required. OT required during busy season (March/April through November/December)

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

  • Serve in the role of a technical support specialist for signage lighting & technology-integrated decor.
  • Bend and shape sign parts, CAN lettering and Channel Lettersets, by hand or by using machinery (AccuBend and Accu Clinch).
  • Wire and assemble all types of lighting (including LED) into décor and signage per the engineered specifications.
  • Safely make electrical connections and rewire signage and lighting as needed.
  • Work with various materials (LEDs, Aluminum, Acrylic, plastic, power supplies, and electrical components, etc.) provided to create custom lettersets and signage, ranging from simple to complex.
  • Assembly of various non-lit décor and signage of various substrates, (wood, aluminum, acrylic, gator foam, etc.) from start to completion.
  • Apply the highest level of workmanship to all elements of every job, pay high attention to detail and provide quality workmanship.
  • Work with various tools and equipment, including hand tools, power tools, and various machinery to complete the production process.
  • Plan, prepare, and use materials in a matter to keep waste to a minimum.
  • Work with engineering and design staff to clarify information and obtain design changes as needed to achieve successful prototype builds for experiential, illuminated and technology integrated décor (motion, sound, visual LED effects)
  • The ideal candidate for this position will like working with their hands.
  • Safely make electrical connections and rewiring signage and lighting as needed.
  • Must be a team player and work well with other departments to deliver the best product to the customer.
  • Maintain a clean, safe work area clear of debris.
  • Perform all job duties using standard D|Fab safety practices.
  • Use time wisely and remain productive.
  • Other duties as assigned by a manager or supervisor.
  • 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. (preferred).
  • 2+ years of demonstrated experience in electrical signage, LED lighting and customized CAN lettering with backlit LED lighting
  • 2-4 years’ work experience in a skilled trade or shop production environment
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow written directions and basic shop drawings/blueprints.
  • Ability to interpret and verify measurements according to required specifications.
  • Ability to comprehend basic electrical concepts.
  • Have a general understanding of signage and graphics materials, substrates, and manufacturing processes.
  • Great attention to detail with a goal-driven attitude.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds of material on a regular basis.
  • Use hands to handle, control, or feel objects and tools.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Repetitive movements.
  • 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

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Operations Project Manager

Overall position description with general areas of responsibility:

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 seeking an Operation Project Manager to join our growing team. The primary function of an Operations Project Manager (OPM) is to be responsible for managing a variety of incoming projects requiring coordination between sales and production scheduling. This role is directly involved in the manufacturing of products and is a link between the Design and Project Manager with the client regarding production scheduling.

Daily activities typically include customer contact, scheduling, Data/Order Entry, and production tracking through delivery.

Positive people skills are a huge benefit to being successful at this position, along with an enthusiastic can-do attitude. Our OPM’s should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.

Essential functions of an Operation Project Manager:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Process customer orders directly into production where applicable.
  • Represent the customer’s best interest to help develop and maintain customer loyalty for repeat business
  • Oversee multiple individual but related design/décor production projects within the client’s program.
  • Assist communications between Sales, Design, Production and Install
  • Answer customer’s questions in the AE’s absence
  • Help obtain complete job specifications from the customer
  • Help obtain customer’s final approval on project scope, terms and schedule.
  • Maintain job status report for internal and external use
  • Review product before it is shipped
  • Help production bring projects in on time, to cost, to specifications, and to client’s quality expectations
  • Process changes in scope, schedule and fee to ensure project success.
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships throughout the company(both studio and production)
  • Coordinate field survey for critical demands
  • Communicate directly with clients, architects, and contractors as required, as a project evolves
  • Assist Installation manager as needed during install phase (ex. Prepare job orders, review site photos of problems, work out problems w/ installers via phone calls)
  • Other duties as assigned by a manager or supervisor
  • A sense of humor and zest for life is an additional plus.

 

Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent client verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with a solid understanding of job workflow
  • Ability to project manage and be detailed-oriented
  • Ability to demonstrate a high-level of organization with time management, communications, decision-making and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with outside vendors and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to demonstrate prioritization and problem-solving skills
  • Practical knowledge of retail design and architecture
  • Practical knowledge of logistics
  • Ability to read and understand architectural drawings
  • Proficient PC skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (i.e., understanding how to create and modify formulas in Excel)
  • A compelling interest in manufacturing processes and continuous improvement.
  • Basic graphics & signage material knowledgepreferred
  • Familiarity with precision metal fabrication, extrusions, composites, and woodworking, and acrylics.preferred
  • Knowledge of décor and millwork manufacturing and fabrication techniques, tools and materialspreferred

 

Site Visits

  • 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.

 

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401K Benefits
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Medical benefits
  • Holidays, vacation, personal time
  • Growth opportunities
  • Relaxed, open working environment

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

 

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Design Program Manager

Overall position description with general areas of responsibility:

The primary function of a Design Program Manager is to manage a client’s portfolio of projects by leading a team’s efforts toward successfully meeting client program goals and maintaining design responsibility for all program aspects. This role is directly involved in the design and manufacturing of products and is the primary link between d|fab, the Account Executive, and the client regarding design and responsible for design efficiencies.  Our Program Managers should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and need to show confidence in their work, yet work with creative and constructive review. Must be proficient in 3D modeling and rendering software.  Knowledge in AutoCAD(required), SketchUp, Illustrator or Corel is needed.

Focus on how the designers work to deliver products and services out the door.  Key to success is being able to navigate through ambiguity, and lead the team to their goal. A Program Manager must have a holistic understanding of the account to assess the short term and longer-term needs and orchestrate how to address those with the available resources.  Affecting design efficiencies, process improvements & problem solving.  It could be as strategic as working with leadership to revamp your design team’s structure and processes, or it can be as tactical as organizing a one-week design sprint to help generate new concepts or ideas.

Program Managers are key to building relationships and genuine connection to maintain & grow business.  They also lead by example: professionalism, resourcefulness and positive interactions with internal and external teams. Successful DPgM’s are efficient & effective communicators and hub of information. Strong DPgM’s are the go-to resource when people are looking for solutions. They hold the many moving parts of a team together while balancing priorities. If they can’t provide fast answers, they know exactly who can.

Program Team Management

  • Oversee multiple individual but related design/décor projects within the client’s program
  • Coordinate the efforts of a set of design staff individuals assigned to the program who are responsible for undertaking and completing the program’s project tasks
  • Strategically plan, manage, develop, implement and oversee all program projects, deadlines and priorities to ensure timely completion
  • Bring program projects in on time, to cost, to specifications, and to client’s quality expectations
  • Define and discuss project scopes with program teams
  • Coordinate communication, planning and information distribution to assigned program teams and other internal clients
  • Responsible for program projects’ schedule development and priority adjustments
  • Manage daily priorities, notifying design studio manager of changes in critical project dates and staffing needs
  • Brainstorm / collaborate / problem-solve in a team effort or individually
  • Publish weekly project status reports as required to include all current and completed projects
  • Work with Studio Management to facilitate the coordination of other program needs with available resources.

Program Project Management

  • Draft and send project contracts for adaptation and prototype design fees
  • Assign and check take-off quantities and lineal feet of product required
  • Assign and check décor write-ups for estimating department to use for quoting product
  • Communicate concerns and questions to the client relative to maintaining and/or complementing the design intent of an established décor package
  • Communicate with the account executive, and act as an in-house liaison between account executive and client
  • Communicate directly with clients, architects, and contractors as required as a project evolves
  • Review new design requests as communicated by client, and coordinate initiation, scope definition, scope verification, and scope change control
  • Work directly with manufacturing to adjust / modify designs as required once they are in production, and maintain design intent / integrity
  • Maintain and regularly update program details & décor book(s) as revisions occur
  • Manage multiple projects at the same time and still stay focused and on task
  • Visualize, develop and present branded/themed environments, graphics & signage for retail interior spaces
  • Interpret client’s established décor package(s) and make design decisions that stay within the recognized guidelines
  • Prepare conceptual drawings, finish boards, specifications, etc. when requested for presentation to client
  • Understand and Implement revisions to detailed drawings for Décor items for value engineering, clarifications, change in application, or manufacturing improvements
  • Work directly with manufacturing to adjust / modify designs as required once they are in production, and maintain design intent / integrity
  • Other duties as assigned by a manager or supervisor
  • Perform all job duties using standard safety practices and d|fab safety standards.
  • Responsible for reporting safety concerns to supervisor
  • Responsible for following all company policies as stated in the d|fab employee handbook.

Essential knowledge, skills, and abilities functions of our Program Manager:

  • 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 creative skill set to develop directional signage, graphics and themed interiors
  • Ability to read and understand architectural drawings
  • Graphics & signage material knowledge
  • A keen mind that pays strong attention to detail and has the ability to design for manufacturing across a diverse set of projects
  • Strong sensitivity to aesthetics and design intent
  • A compelling interest in manufacturing processes and continuous improvement.
  • Familiarity with precision metal fabrication, extrusions, composites, and woodworking, and acrylics.
  • Knowledge of décor and millwork manufacturing and fabrication techniques, tools and materials required
  • Knowledge of graphics production processes required
  • 3D design (Corel or Adobe Illustrator): 3 years (Preferred)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud/Creative Suite: 3 years (Required)
  • AutoCAD: 3 years (Required)
  • 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

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Assembler

Job Type: Full-Time; Contract to Hire

Days/Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.  OT is required and some Saturdays will be required during busy months of March/April through Nov. Dec.

Location: Madison Heights, MI

About the Company

D|Fab 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

 

  • Employee is responsible for reviewing orders and fabricating required décor items in time to meet scheduled ship dates.
  • Employee will proactively inventory components needed and coordinate with other departments for parts and materials to ensure he/she has all components to fulfill each order, on time.
  • Employee will notify purchasing and management if inventory of raw stock and other components are running low.
  • Employee will keep work areas clean and organized.
  • If workload dictates, employee will also communicate needs to direct supervisor and/or management for assistance to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Employee is required to work overtime hours when business dictates.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to use power drill, power nailer, staplers and tape gun.
  • Ability to read and follow written and oral instructions as well as shop drawings.
  • Ability to read and understand tape measure.

 

Décor items employee is responsible for:

  • Assembling various décor/signage items from start to finish (NOT assembly line type work)

 

 

Physical Requirements:

 

  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds of material on a regular basis.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Repetitive movements.
  • Wears safety glasses at all times while in shop and respirator as required for certain tasks.

 

Do you have clearance to work?

  • Authorization to work in the United States.

 

Why Work for D|Fab? *(Available after conversion to direct hire)

  • *Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Account
  • *Paid Time Off
  • *401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Education and Training Opportunities
  • Your chance to work at a growing, award-winning Retail Design & Architectural Company; In business for 50 years
  • Company Events
  • Free coffee/tea, filtered water and ice
  • Adherence to all COVID safety protocols- regular sanitizing, daily temperature checks.
  • Safety glasses provided
  • Relaxed, open working environment
  • Centrally located with easy access to I-75, M-59 and I-696 freeways

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Design Project Manager

Overall position description with general areas of responsibility:

The primary function of a Design Project Manager (DPM) is to manage a client’s portfolio of projects by successfully meeting client program goals and maintaining design responsibility for all program aspects. This role is directly involved in the design and manufacturing of products and is the primary link between d|fab, the Account Executive, the Program Manager and the client regarding design and responsible for design efficiencies.  Our DPM’s enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and need to show confidence in their work, yet work with creative and constructive review. Must be proficient in graphic design, 3D modeling and rendering software.  Knowledge in AutoCAD(required), SketchUp, Illustrator or Corel is needed.

Essential functions of graphic design project manager:

  • Have a full understanding of environmental graphic design, practical knowledge of retail design and architecture, and creative skill set to visualize and develop branded/themed environments for retail (interior) spaces.
  • Communicate directly with clients, architects, and contractors as required, as a project evolves
  • Oversee design standards on multiple individual but related design/décor projects within the client’s program.
  • Work with Program Manager and possible Project Manager to bring projects in on time, to cost, to specifications, and to client’s quality expectations.
  • Define and discuss project scopes with program teams
  • Brainstorm / collaborate / problem-solve in a team effort or individually
  • Work with Studio Management to facilitate the coordination of other program needs with available resources.
    • Coordinate and assign work when/if team is available.
  • Review or initiate and check décor write-ups for estimating department to use for quoting product. Discussing the scope of work for project w/ Account Executive.
  • Communicate with the account executive, and act as an in-house design liaison for account executive and client
  • Interpret client’s established décor package(s) on a store-by-store basis and make design decisions that stay within the recognized guidelines
  • Expand shop drawing details or generate new details in Corel as deemed necessary for manufacturing on a store-by-store basis
  • Prepare conceptual, construction & shop drawings, finish boards, specifications, etc. as needed for presentation to client
  • Generate take-off quantities and lineal feet of product required
  • Communicate concerns and questions to the client relative to maintaining the design intent of an established décor package
  • Assist PM, OPM and Installation manager as needed during install phase (ex. review site photos of problems, work out problems w/ installers via phone calls)
  • Work directly with manufacturing to adjust / modify designs as required once they are in production, and maintain design intent / integrity
  • Maintain and regularly update client’s décor book(s) as revisions occur
  • Other duties as assigned by a manager or supervisor
  • A sense of humor and zest for life is an additional plus.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Able to initiate ideas, work in a creative team, and take creative direction from others.
  • Able to create and develop retail branding / logos.
  • Ability to read architectural drawings and successfully design in a three-dimensional space.
  • 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 creative skill set to develop directional signage, graphics and themed interiors
  • Ability to read and understand architectural drawings
  • Basic graphics & signage material knowledge
  • A keen mind that pays strong attention to detail and has the ability to design for manufacturing across a diverse set of projects
  • Strong sensitivity to aesthetics and design intent
  • A compelling interest in manufacturing processes and continuous improvement.
  • Familiarity with precision metal fabrication, extrusions, composites, and woodworking, and acrylics.
  • Knowledge of décor and millwork manufacturing and fabrication techniques, tools and materials: 2 years Required
  • Knowledge of graphics production processes: 2 years Required
  • 3D design (Corel or Adobe Illustrator): 3 years Preferred
  • Adobe Creative Cloud/Creative Suite: 3 years Required
  • AutoCAD: 3 years Required
  • 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

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