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Open Works seeks a Contract Services Technician (CST)

OW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit makerspace and was founded in 2016. Our mission is to make tools, technology, and the knowledge to use them accessible to all. We accomplish this through affordable membership access to industrial-grade fabrication equipment; access to low-cost studio space; partnerships with many Baltimore colleges, nonprofits, and community groups; and a wide variety of classes for both young people and adults. All of these efforts support a broader vision of rebuilding Baltimore’s manufacturing economy from the grassroots up.

Outstanding people are the key to OW’s success. The growth and progress of any small organization like ours depends on our staff: people with initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm. Open Works is a progressive community-service organization and places special emphasis on building a diverse staff. We are an equal-opportunity employer and consider a wide variety of educational and life experiences when making hiring decisions.

In our social enterprise Contract Shop, we apply design thinking and modern manufacturing technologies to tangible community problems.

Open Works seeks candidates for Contract Services Technicians (CST) at 40 hours per week. Contract Services Technicians design and construct projects for outside clients; teach apprentice workers; and occasionally install projects offsite.

This position requires a broad, flexible skillset. It's ok if you don't know everything on this list -- we will train you! We are looking for reliable, flexible, hard-working folks that are excited to learn in a dynamic startup environment.


Candidates should be comfortable with Google Docs, email, and basic computer skills. Experience with AutoDesk Fusion 360 or other CAD/CAM software strongly preferred. Candidates should be physically able to stand for 6-8 hours a day and be able to lift 30-50 pounds. Candidates must be self-directed and able to complete complex tasks with minimal supervision.


High school diploma or equivalent.


Starting rate of $18/hour


Healthcare reimbursement $200/month

403(B) retirement fund with matching contributions


2 years of experience minimum as an art handler, computer technician, designer, electrician, engineer, fabricator, carpenter, machinist, plumber, sculptor, sewist, theater tech, or similar field.


Cutting, sanding, assembling, and finishing furniture, signage, and other complex objects

Creating shop drawings in fusion 360 under the supervision of the Contract Services Manager

Candidates must be familiar and capable with basic woodworking equipment. Welding or metalworking experience is a plus.

Candidates must have skills required to safely use CNC routers, Laser cutters, other industrial equipment and their appropriate CAM software.

Candidates must be comfortable working safely with hazardous materials such as Lacquers, Oils, Dust, Metal shavings etc.

Completing internal projects such as building shop furniture, jigs, fixtures, and class materials

Candidates are comfortable with occasionally installing projects offsite,driving a company van, and using a ladder.

Attend all staff meetings and trainings, for both the total OW staff and the Contract Services Department

Installing and maintaining contract services shop equipment

Other duties as assigned.

Salary Range
$30,000 - $40,000
Employer Name:
Open Works
Job Title:
Contract Services Technician (CST)
Employer Contact Information:
[email protected]
Job Submission Requirements:
To apply for this position submit an application at by 2/23/24
Benefit Package
Healthcare reimbursement $200/month 403(B) retirement fund with matching contributions Open Works Pro Membership Free and Discounted Classes

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