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Provides creative services from design concept, mold making, prosthetic production, makeup application, and F/X commercial arts by performing the following duties.


Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


1.     Create sketches and instructions on the prosthetics manufacturing process.

2.     Conduct or assist Special Effects personnel in, day-to-day development of casting and mold creation.  

3.     Apply or assist in the application of special effects makeup. 

4.     Sculpt prosthetic prototypes and convert sculptures into hard or soft molds. 

5.     Create and repair molds.

6.     Create prosthetics using state-of-the-art materials. 

7.     Document steps and material quantities in the development of work products.

8.     Maintain workshop equipment and lab supplies. 

9.     Learn about the various equipment and materials used in the construction and operations of medical simulation and medical/trauma related special effects. 

10.  Contribute to creative development and production process.

11.  Read project schedules in order to work within project timelines and meet project deadlines.

12.  Work closely and collaborate with the engineering and design team to ensure goals are met and that the final product is satisfactory.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in art or and two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret instructions, artistic sketches and procedures. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the artistic department.


Math Ability:

Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts for measuring and mixing materials. 


Reasoning Ability: 

Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


Artistic Skills: 

  • Enthusiastic and team player with a positive attitude. 
  • Previous experience and/or education in special effects or visual arts.
  • Understands how quality special effects enhance the overall impact of the project.
  • Good written and oral communication and organizational skills and be willing to accept direction.
  • Demonstrates good artistic skills in activities such as illustration, painting, sculpting, and mold making.


Special Skills: 

Entrepreneurial spirit

Excellent teamwork and solution-oriented communication style

Stellar time management skills

Commitment to customer loyalty


Work Environment:

The laboratory work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Special Effects Artists work in an open laboratory area with a dedicated workspace consisting of standard tables and chair.  Additional space is provided with ventilation when working with chemicals. The Special Effects Artists has access to standard tools and some specialized tools to assist in day-to-day activities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

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