Shop Project Manager & Technical Illustrator

  • Full Time
  • Seattle, WA
  • Posted 2 months ago




General Summary:

The Shop Project Manager & Technical Illustrator performs dual roles for Dovetail’s custom wood and metal shop: managing the production process and creating the shop drawings. This position requires multiple skill sets in project management experience, technical drawing expertise, and fabrication experience in woodworking/cabinetmaking as well as architectural metal. Dovetail’s shop supports its residential and commercial projects and fabricates custom wood and metal components such as casework, furniture, staircases, windows and doors, kinetic systems, hardware, and more. Dovetail’s shop is the place to realize high-craft designs and collaborate with master craftspeople.


Job Description:

This position is responsible for creating and maintaining the shop project schedules and budgets, and shepherding a project through from inception to completion. You work closely with the shop manager, shop production manager, architects, and clients to resolve design and construction issues. Coordinate, participate in, and document all project meetings. Spearhead all project communication, include relevant parties, and follow up. Proactively communicate schedule changes. Track and report budget changes throughout project.

Additionally, this position is responsible for creating all shop drawings. Drive the fabrication process through proactive communication, manage the process through meetings and documentation, improve the drawings through soliciting feedback, and update drawings accordingly. Attend pre-con meetings and visit jobsites. This position works closely with the team on the shop floor and reports directly to the shop manager.



  • Track project estimates and budgets.
  • Create and maintain project schedule. Update and communicate changes daily.
  • Present schedule at weekly meetings. Post printed schedule in shop.
  • Interface daily with shop staff, update all on schedule and time-sensitive issues.
  • Communicate effectively with architects and designers.
  • Create and refine shop drawings.
  • Synthesize project drawings and details.
  • Visit jobsites as needed.


  • Experience successfully leading and motivating a team.
  • Experience successfully managing projects: establish priorities, create deadlines, meet them.
  • Proficient with software: Revit; SolidWorks; AutoCAD; SketchUp; Excel; Project; cloud-based systems.
  • Experience with 3-D BIM modeling a plus.
  • Experience with CNC programming and machining is a plus.
  • Experience with change agreements and estimates.
  • Excellent at time management, prioritizing, and multi-tasking.
  • Team player, exceptional work ethic, always looking to improve.
  • Experience and knowledge of fabrication and welding techniques, joints, and details.
  • Comprehension of critical path and its relationship to cost, schedule, staffing, and maintenance.
  • Forecast project challenges regarding staffing, budget, schedule, and create solutions.
  • Foster healthy relationships with project manager, architect, and client through project and beyond.
  • Interpret plans, specifications, contracts, use Dovetail’s systems.
  • Pro-active problem solver.
  • Refined standards for quality, craft, aesthetics.
  • Grace under pressure: display patience in an imperfect process and a desire to improve the process.

About Dovetail: Dovetail is a custom builder whose purpose is to elevate craft and craftspeople. We do this with a talented team who are all committed to impeccable quality, environmental sustainability, and lasting relationships. We build custom residential and commercial projects, specializing in significant architecture, with both a wood shop and metal shop to support fine design.

Dovetail’s management is dedicated to honest, open communication, and leads with an inspired purpose and vision. Here, we pursue our vocations and are committed to the success of each employee. Dovetail is a growing company that is building inspiring work with great people.


  1.         Competitive compensation based on experience
  2.         Full benefits: medical, dental, vision
  3.         Paid vacation
  4.         Company-match 401K after waiting period

Apply: Please email with “Shop PM” in the subject line and include cover letter & resume with work history, employment dates, and references.