Millwork Engineer (Seattle shop-based)

Listing #477229 Listed on: 05/24
Details - Offering Employment
Listing Type:Offering Employment (Full time)
Name:Danielle Piotrowski [Contact]
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Dowbuilt, a Seattle, WA based general contractor, is hiring a Millwork Engineer to create shop drawings used in fabrication of bespoke casework, furniture, and millwork in our shop. The drawing and modeling phase is where a lot of the legwork toward understanding a project happens and begins the development of an overall build strategy and workflow. In addition, a Millwork Engineer communicates and collaborates closely with general construction and shop fabrication teams to confirm design intent. Project management assistance and field visits are required in this role.


Engineering Responsibilities (70-90% of time):

Create 2D shop drawings with AutoCAD and revise as necessary to meet designer intent.
Review architectural drawings and technical specifications
Incorporate manufacturer specifications for appliances, fixtures, hardware, etc. into drawings
Incorporate material characteristics and performance criteria into drawings
Propose technical solutions coordinating design intent, material limitations, and manufacturer specifications.
Communicate and collaborate closely with project construction teams to present technical detail and confirm design intent.
Coordinate constructability review with Engineering Manager and / or Shop Manager
Document key ordering and technical criteria for approval prior to production
Prepare CAD drawings for use by the CNC Operator within AutoCAD
Develop cabinetry layout drawings, prep CAD drawings for CNC programming, parts lists, etc.
Introduce shop crew to approved drawings and act as resource to answer questions during fabrication
Manage time effectively and prioritize tasks across multiple projects

Project Management Assistance (between 5-20% of time):

Update and maintain submittal logs, including mockups, material samples, finish samples, etc.
Create RFIs and RFI log in collaboration with Modeler/Drafter and Production Manager
Work with Designers/Architects and vendors to coordinate fidelity samples and continue subcontractor coordination.
Develop consistent project closeout process and package, and assist with project closeout
Assist in ensuring graphical quality and continuity in all of Shop documents
Take responsibility as project lead as required including project task management, collaboration with engineering team members and team leaders, and mentorship of other engineers / drafters / modelers.

Field Measurements/Documentation (approximately 5-10% of time):

Participate in field verification of critical millwork dimensions
Document field dimensions for translation by engineering team
Document as-built conditions that may inform build strategy through sketches and photographs

TRAVEL: Some local and national travel may be required for this position (less than 10%).


To be successful as a millwork engineer in our shop, you’ll need:

2-5 years’ cabinet shop experience or similar drafting experience preferred.
5 years AutoCAD experience preferred. Ongoing training will be provided for otherwise well qualified candidates
Strong illustration skills using AutoCAD. Knowledge of Alphacam preferred.
Familiarity with specialty hardware/product and ability to do research and coordinate orders
Cabinet shop experience/education is highly preferred, with basic understanding of tools and machinery and familiarity with a variety of woods
Attention to detail: knowledge of cabinetry fabrication
Passion for innovation: research and implementation of new build strategies toward efficient and quality production; value engineering skills.
Can work autonomously and as a team player
Ability to meet schedule/deadlines
Flexible thinking and active listening
Patience with all team members internal / external: this role involves translating and clarifying design intent while applying shop constraints.
Demonstrate and support a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Valid driver’s license and transportation to get to work safely and on-time. Occasional driving of a company vehicle may be required.
Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide variety of people
Ability to read architectural drawings
U.S. work authorization


We are a fun, easygoing bunch of professionals who take a lot of pride in the work we do. We acknowledge the contributions and talents of our team members by providing benefits that support you at work and in life:

Competitive pay commensurate with skills and experience
100% paid medical, dental, vision, and $50,000 in basic life insurance for full-time employees (30% coverage for dependents), first of the month following DOH
401(k) retirement savings plan with employer profit sharing contribution
8 paid holidays each year, no waiting period
Paid Time-Off (PTO) earned at a rate of 1 hour per every 30 hours worked
Annual Discretionary bonus
Mentorship and career development opportunities
Opportunities to build for Dowbuilt in other regions, if desired

The compensation range for this position is $35.00 - $40.00 per hour


Dowbuilt is a construction company founded in 1980, and today our talented teams can be found from coast to coast. We excel at cutting-edge, innovative, never-been-done-before residential projects and home service—all of which require precision and impeccable attention to detail. We work with top architects, and our builds are regularly featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, and Dwell.

The Dowbuilt culture is one of care—care for our employees, clients, and the talented craftspeople we partner with—resulting in care for the incredible designs we bring to life.


We’re committed to investing in our team members’ ongoing professional development. At Dowbuilt, we want everyone to have equal opportunity to play to their strengths, fill gaps in knowledge, and grow professionally. We believe that effective career development requires two-way, open communication between employee and manager. Expectation setting happens on both sides, along with support, mentorship, and goal setting at regular intervals. Find out where your career will take you at Dowbuilt.

Dowbuilt is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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