Designer/Draftsman (full-time or part-time)

Chesapeake Light Craft is searching for a bright, energetic, small-boat enthusiast to join our Design team. We’re looking for applicants who have a deep background in sailing, rowing, and paddling. As a CLC Designer, you will be at the heart of what makes CLC the world's most successful small boat company: Original, artful designs, world-class drawings and documentation, seamless implementation, excellent tech support. 

Our shop emphasizes of creativity, versatility, teamwork, and a sense of ownership. The work is challenging, fast-paced, sometimes chaotic, but extremely rewarding. The right candidate will have no trouble thriving in this environment.

You’ll have read all the books, clawed off a few lee shores, slept under a boom tent, and paid your dues on the race course. You'll be facile with epoxy-composite construction. You'll be conversant in the work of everybody from George Holmes to Julian Bethwaite. You'll be required to obtain a deep understanding of our design catalog, and to bring new and exciting ideas to market. You'll have the ability and willingness to articulate your knowledge to amateur boatbuilders: builders of all experience levels will rely on you.

Duties

Directly report to the VP of Design and assist with the following:

  • Naval Architecture/Drafting/CAD-CAM work
    • Engineering and technical support. Analyses for vessel hull form, stability, weights, structures, arrangements, powering, and resistance for a wide range of vessels
    • Develop naval architecture and structural design plans, procurement specifications, hydrostatics, lines and offsets, calculations of hull strength, finite element analysis of structure, stability analysis, testing and trial data, functional arrangement plans, bills of material, specifications, and reports
  • Project Management
    • New product concept and preliminary design studies, renderings, detail and production design drawings
    • Product prototyping, production integration, and updates of current designs
    • Construction manuals, updates, and revisions
    • Drawings, bills of materials, checklists, and file/data audits
  • Custom design commissions, estimates, and quotes
  • Work cross-functionally with production, customer service, and sales
  • Some travel, occasional non-standard work hours
  • Public relations, shows, networking & outreach
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds. We move a lot of boats

Education & background and required traits

  • US citizenship
  • BS, accredited degree or certificate, formal yacht design training, or equivalent practical experience in Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering
  • 2+ years of professional design experience
  • Proficiency in naval architecture and 3D modeling software such as Rhino, DesignCad, and Solidworks
  • Proficient with creativity and productivity software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, as well as Microsoft Office
  • Personal boating experience, and a passion for spending time on the water in small boats
  • An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, fast-growing small business environment
  • Equally successful working independently or on a team
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written, formal and informal
  • Superb time management and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and multi-task unsupervised

Compensation

$40,000-$60,000

Benefits include paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, matching Simple IRA, boat shop privileges

Chesapeake Light Craft is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls; please email resumes and cover letters to jstaub@clcboats.com.

Sales/Customer Service (full-time or part-time) CURRENTLY FULL

We're looking for sales staff for our front office and showroom.  Bright, energetic, small-boat enthusiasts will find our shop a "toy factory" that rewards versatility, flexibility, and a sense of fun.  We're looking for applicants who have built a boat or three (especially CLC designs), who like to meet customers who are as excited about boatbuilding as we are, and are willing to help our customers build the boat of their dreams.  

You should be able to lift up to 50 pounds (to help move boats around among other things), and computer competence is required.  The hours are flexible. It would help if you were interested in occasional travel to beautiful seaside places to help out with boat shows. You'll be working some Saturday hours (usually 9 to 1).

Salary negotiable.

No phone calls; please email resumes and cover letters to jstaub@clcboats.com.

Production Assistant (full-time) 

Chesapeake Light Craft is searching for a bright, energetic, small-boat enthusiast to join our production team. We're looking for applicants who have previous paddling/rowing/sailing experience.  Boatbuilding skills would be great but not required. You will find our shop a "toy factory" that rewards versatility, flexibility, and a sense of fun.

As a member of our production team, you will be an integral part of what keeps our ship afloat, manufacturing boat kits that we ship all over the world. Working hours are 8:30 -- 5:00, including a break for lunch. Salary negotiable, commensurate with experience, and benefits include paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, matching Simple IRA, boat shop privileges, and a collegial, dynamic work environment.

Chesapeake Light Craft is the world's largest boat-kit company. The work is challenging and fast-paced. You'll be expected to acquire a deep understanding and ownership of all our kits and their contents. Builders of all experience levels rely on you; you'll be signing your name to the checklist of each kit. This job includes a lot of variety, but you'll primarily be machining, organizing, packing, and shipping kits.

You should be able to lift up to 50 pounds on your own. You will be in direct contact with customers and boatbuilding students from time to time, so an upbeat personality is a must! A sincere willingness to help our customers build the boat of their dreams is essential at CLC. Occasional travel is possible to beautiful seaside locations to help out with boat shows.

Chesapeake Light Craft is an equal opportunity employer.  This is a full-time, entry-level position.

No phone calls; please email resumes and cover letters to jstaub@clcboats.com.

 

Wood Shop Production Assistant (full-time) 

Chesapeake Light Craft is searching for a bright, energetic,small-boat enthusiast to join our Production team. The title/position we’re looking to fill is Woodshop Production Assistant. Outdoor enthusiasts who love paddling/rowing/sailing and might be familiar with a table saw or woodworking equipment. Boatbuilding skills would be great but not required.

The Woodshop Production Assistant is responsible for manufacturing kit components from raw and exotic materials safely, efficiently, and creatively. Consistency should be a key skill. Woodworking and carpentry skills are desired, but training is provided for those who’ll need it.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Milling raw lumber into desired kit components and boat parts.
  • Maintaining machinery within the shop (basic maintenance).
  • Managing lumber and raw material inventories.
  • Assisting in other aspects of the production process.
  • Managing the production schedule efficiently (staying on a reasonable schedule)
  • Assisting with occasional boat shows and demos.
  • Taking pride in your work and enjoying yourself while doing it.

Chesapeake Light Craft is the world's largest boat-kit company. The work is challenging and fast-paced. You'll be expected to acquire a deep understanding and ownership of all our kits and their contents. As a member of our production team, you will be an integral part of what keeps our ship afloat, manufacturing boat kits that we ship all over the world.

 Working hours are 8:30 – 5:00, including a break for lunch. This is an entry to a mid-level position with room for advancement. Salary negotiable and benefits include paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, matching Simple IRA, boat and workshop privileges, and a collegial, dynamic work environment.

You should be able to lift up to 50+ pounds on your own. You will be in direct contact with customers and boatbuilding students from time to time, so an upbeat personality is a must! A sincere willingness to help our customers build the boat of their dreams is essential at CLC. Occasional travel is possible to beautiful seaside locations to help out with boat shows (expenses paid).

Chesapeake Light Craft is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls; please email resumes and cover letters to 
jstaub@clcboats.com.

Salary commensurate with experience

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