Smith Shop Seeks Journeyman Fabricator, Blacksmith, or Metalsmith 

April 1, 2019

40 hrs per week

Pay Negotiable, commensurate with qualifications

Start Date: Immediately

Located in Highland Park, Michigan

Job Narrative

Smith Shop, a celebrated Detroit-based metalsmithing studio, is now accepting applications for a full-time metalworker to begin immediately. Applicants should have a solid technical foundation in steel fabrication and/or blacksmithing —experience in jewelry making and/or silversmithing is also desirable. In addition to a demonstrated metalsmithing proficiency, the successful candidate will be able to manage forging and fabrication tasks independently, communicate effectively, and multi-task. Smith Shop seeks applicants who desire to contribute to a community oriented studio that executes commission and production work, offers classes and workshops, and facilitates a larger metalworking community in Detroit. Two years of industry experience, a relevant certificate, associate’s degree, or BFA is preferable.


  • Creating custom and production artistic metalwork from blueprints and schematics

  • Managing projects and tasks independently

  • Managing work groups of 2-4 people

  • Designing and engineering creative metalwork

  • Tracking and ordering supplies and materials as needed

  • Working special events including retail and trade shows (some weekends required)

Required Skills
Candidates must have:

  • A good attitude and ability to arrive at work on time!

  • Experience and accuracy cutting, welding (MIG & TIG), grinding, and finishing steel

  • Experience or interest in hot forging steel, bronze, and other metals

  • Good organizational skills

  • Ability to understand and articulate spatial and mechanical concepts

  • Ability to work with fractional and decimal tolerances

Preferred skills

  • 3D Modeling experience in Rhino

  • Manual machining experience (10” Lathe, Bridgeport J2)

  • Experience with building fixtures, dies, and jigs to support steel fabrication

  • Familiarity with CNC cutting and tool path programming

  • Experience working with non-ferrous metals

  • Adobe illustrator & photoshop


  • Access to facility for personal projects

  • Opportunity for advancement

  • Paid work related travel

  • Free metalworking classes and products

  • Work in a dynamic, highly creative, and entrepreneurial environment

  • Dog friendly

  • Paid Time-Off

  • Opportunity to teach paid classes through Smith Shop for qualified candidates

To apply, please send a letter of interest, 5-10 images of recent work (if applicable), resume, and names + contact info of two references to with the subject line “Careers”.

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