Lead Designer/Builder & Passion Kindler

The Lead Designer/Builder  & Passion Kindler is responsible for configuring the systems that go into an overall custom design that fits and delights the customer. In this role you will work directly with customers and staff to design new features and components and with vendors to source the materials, then execute the van upfit.

Applicants must have experience working with hand tools, power tools (table saw, table, drill press, etc.) and the ability to train on and use new equipment. Broad mechanical and electrical knowledge, attention to detail, and a positive attitude are required. Nirvana Upfitters is an entrepreneurial organization. We work hard and play hard as we get it done for our customers while maintaining a strong work-life balance. 

What we are looking for in a job candidate, for starters

      • Work Monday through Friday 8ish to 4ish, with occasional long or short days, and the occasional weekend stint and surprise day off 
      • Precision “engineer” with attention to detail – a great hands-on designer and builder, not someone with an advanced engineering degree (but that’s fine too)
      • Self-starter – takes initiative, self-directed (we aim to give you the appropriate amount of autonomy and support so you will thrive)
      • Maintain a safe, clean, and tidy work space
      • Strong positive attitude; inspiration to co-workers and customers; team player

Roles and Responsibilities

      • Working with prospective Nirvana Upfitters van owners
        • Attend design meetings with prospective customers
        • Follow up with draft designs: layout, components, aesthetic choices 
        • Provide updates to clients, management, and colleagues during builds
        • Review and walkthrough van with New Van Owners during van pickup
        • Follow up with Nirvana Van Owner with satisfaction survey 
      • Nirvana Upfitters Van Design
        • Develop 3D, 2D and written design documents for builds
        • Design and prepare custom components for fabrication, as needed 
        • Develop and prepare template build documents
        • Recommend and obtain agreement on finish aesthetics to meet desired look and feel specifications
        • Ensure timely procurement of components for design
        • Collaborate with management and team members on design modifications, improvements and problem-solving

Experience profile of the competitive candidate

      • 3+ Years of design and drafting experience, including formal training
      • Experience creating and revising shop drawings and 2D design drawings
      • Experience templating, measuring and fitting standard and custom components to existing manufactured products (van walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, seats, etc.)
      • Comfortable designing with and coordinating manufactured products (cabinet hardware, appliances, electrical equipment, etc.)
      • Experience fabricating with wood and metal components (cabinets, frames, etc)
      • Experience installing finished custom and off-the-shelf components per design drawings and documentation
      • Experience managing the work of technicians and apprentice builders
      • Ability to represent the company at external marketing events
      • Experience with CNC

Recommended Skills

      • 3D modelling software
      • 2D drafting and documentation
      • Spreadsheets and design calculations
      • Computer graphic software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop)
      • Knowledge of use, safety and maintenance of power and hand tools for woodworking (table saw, miter saw, circular saw, jigsaw, router, etc.) 
      • Knowledge of use, safety and maintenance of power and hand tools for metalworking (angle grinder, bench grinder, horizontal bandsaw, etc) (welding knowledge a bonus)
      • Knowledge of and experience working with standard and premium building materials and finishes (plywood, dimensional lumber, aluminum, steel sections, high-pressure laminate, vinyl, tile, etc)
      • Understanding and comfort with material properties, fastening methods, failure mode, and structural stresses / loads
      • Basic knowledge of electrical (12V, 110V, solar systems and troubleshooting diagnostics)
      • Basic knowledge of automotive systems
      • Ability to lift heavy objects 75 lbs+ occasionally, stand, squat, and lay down to complete required tasks.

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on Experience

Job Location: Leominster, MA 

Nirvana Upfitters is a rapidly growing enterprise in an emerging high growth market of recreational vehicles. We look for employees who will thrive in such an environment. 

For consideration please send resume, cover letter, and photos of relevant projects/builds to careers@nirvanaupfitters.com