Technical Design Manager

Job #6666

Job Type Full Time
Location North Charleston, South Carolina
Field Scene Design and Technology
Post Date Jun 27, 2024
Salary $30 - $35/hr

Located in Charleston, SC, TTS Studios is a custom, creative fabrication and installation company that specializes in Touring Theatrical Scenery, Experiential Marketing Design and Production, Art Installations, and Custom Furniture and Millwork. The broad spectrum of work that we perform creates an exciting workspace that welcomes people from all walks of the building arts industry. TTS Studios is a Union shop and is proud to service the artistic communities around the country as well as at home.

The Technical Design Manager of TTS Studios is primarily responsible for developing fabrication, construction, and drafting plans for the projects produced at TTS Studios. This position is responsible for creating or delegating 3D models and 2D construction plates to the drafters. The Technical Design Manager is responsible for considering the scope of the project and for interpreting the design intent to create the best construction plan possible based on the budgetary and schedule constraints of the project. The Technical Design Manager is responsible for working with the Project Managers and Operations Manager to provide accurate, efficient plans for the different fabrication departments. The Technical Design Manager is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of all modeling, drafting, and CNC programming standards. The Technical Design Manager reports directly to the Operations Manager and works in parallel with other Department Heads. The Technical Design Manager directly supervises the Drafters and oversees the programming of CNC.

Compensation: Starting at $30-$35/hour
Conditions: 40 hours of work per week; plus occasional overtime
Paid Time Off: 15 days to be used at the Employee’s discretion; approval required.
Benefits: Healthcare and 401k after 90 days

Procedural Job Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:
Develop and implement material and construction choices per project based on information from Project Management and feedback from the Operations Manager
Create 3d models and work-out engineering challenges to either turn into construction drawings or to delegate to the drafting team
Continuously and Consistently work towards improving processes and standards
Drafting standards, cad templates, block library, etc.
Delegate construction plates from models
Works with client/designer as needed per instruction by the Project Manager
Work with other departments to explore/experiment with new products and materials
Supervise drafting team and proactively assign tasks based on project information and schedule
Review completed models before the drafting team creates construction drawings
Review construction drawings before they are released to the shop
Participate in and lead project engineering meetings
Collaborate with PM and OM to navigate the parameters of the project and how best to construct
Lead and actively participate in the creation and maintenance of Project Management software
Assign due dates to the drafting team based on the overall shop schedule and in conjunction with the project-specific schedule
Assist in creating and maintaining all shop processes and standards as they relate to how things are made
Delegate unit labels based on PM and OM feedback
Lead part standards creation
Supervise storage, distribution, and collection of all drawings for each project via cloud based storage and physical documents
Supervise health of plotter and printer to prevent disruption of drawing flow to the shop
Supervise, delegate, or create closeout documents per project
Coordinate with Structural or Mechanical Engineers as needed per project
Participate in standard meetings (kickoff meetings, staff meetings, engineering meetings, post mortems, etc.)
Lead or participate in site surveys as needed


Proficiency in 3D CAD (AutoCAD preferred)
No less than 5 years of experience in technical design in the entertainment industry
High attention to Detail
Hands-on experience fabricating, assembling, and installing assets
Ability to self-manage as well as delegate and work with others productively
Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects at the same time
Understanding of mechanical and electrical components
Understanding of sheet materials including plywood (various species, etc.), hardwoods, plastics, foams, etc.
Understanding of construction techniques; including wood, steel, aluminum, plastics, etc.

Experience using project management software such as Asana
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Proficiency in Google Drive
Experience with conducting site surveys