Ponoko is hiring a part-time Operations Assistant

job opening at our Oakland HQ

Ponoko is looking for part-time help with our laser-cutting operations. The position is at our California office in West Oakland near Emeryville.

This is a great opportunity for a student, artist, designer, or maker to learn more about digital fabrication and work in a creative environment.

We are specifically looking for availability for 4 hours on Friday afternoons and 8 hours on Saturdays. The job will start at 12 hours per week with potential to increase.

Job duties:
• operating laser-cutting machines
• managing material inventory
• quality control
• packaging orders for shipment

Must have qualifications:
• vector design skills with Adobe Illustrator
• organized and process oriented
• ability to work independently
• ability to stand for long periods of time
• ability to lift up to 40lbs

Other qualifications we love but don’t require:
• experience with laser-cutting

• get paid! : )
• get an employee discount on making your own stuff
• work with nice, helpful, good-humored people

To apply, please introduce yourself and send a resume to kristen dot turner at ponoko dot com

Jeremy Crandell

Hola de Costa Rica!

Pick me, I’m already at the shop all the time, anyway, right? Did you all post this opportunity to Facebook already? Let me know, I will gladly pass along on to the Five Ton Crane crew. Hope you all can make it to the RGR take down party at Pier 14 tonight.

Best, –jeremy

What a super exciting opportunity. I have wanted to learn about running a laser cutter for a year now as I recently started my online store selling laser cut felt hair accessories.

Hi Jeremy. Yep, its on our fbook wall. Share away!

You guys are amateurs. I seen the link in your email and when I click on it, it does not work. There is nothing but a blank page most likely due to the fact that this is the url the link is pointing to.


Fact of the matter is, most of the links in the your email point to blank pages, or forwarding pages that simply do not work.

I am tired of companies doing this. Yes, you are not the only one I have received email from with bogus links. I have implemented a policy to unsubscribe from all subscriptions that contain bogus links.

I don’t like it when companies or people waste my time, even if the company might have been a potential employer.

Employers have way to little respect for people, not to mention companies wanting to make money of potential customers.

Since the ineptitude of the links in your emails reflect the overall focus your company has on the quality of your products, I don’t figure on your Ponoko.com being around very long.

I would be embarrassed to work for a company that allowed emails to go out without the links therein being properly validated. Such a simple thing to get correct provided you take the time to do it.

If you won’t take the time to get your links correct, why should I expect you to take the time to get the rest of your product line correct?

That’s why I unsubscribed.


hello. my name is piran irani. i am from mumbai, india. being born an artist, i am looking for an opportunity to work for a 3d printing company where i can learn and grasp the workings and necessities that are required in this field.
i don’t know if you willing to take people outside from United States. me being in the current situation i am limited to the resources here to do anything expect post my works and hope for people to buy them. i find this opportunity to be the best to see my work come alive and most importantly see and understand the machine that makes it.
will be glad to hear from you.

I would totally want to do this, but i don’t want to drive up to Oakland, lol. If you were in San Jose, totally, i do lasering weekly anyways.

Hi Scott. I’m sorry to hear you’re experiencing issues with the links in our emails. The reason all the links in the newsletter end with with all those numbers and letters is because of tracking info — our email campaign tracking as well as Google Analytics.

The links should still properly direct to the correct URL, and we manually check every link in our newsletter to ensure that they do. Apologies for any inconvenience due to the extra long URLs, but it’s our best way of tracking what content is popular with our audience.

Hi Piran. Thanks for getting in touch. At this time, we are only looking for someone in or near Oakland, California to physically operate our laser cutters. Should we ever have a remote position available, we will be sure to post it.

Best wishes for finding an opportunity in the 3D printing field. There are more and more companies getting involved in the industry; I’m sure you’ll find one soon. Cheers!

Dear Scott,

Kristen’s measured, forthcoming response to you fervent rant is a good example of how not to blow your top over something trivial. Maybe you should channel that energy somewhere worthwhile instead of being a dick to nice people.

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