Science Machine Shop Supervisor/Technician

Saratoga Springs, NY
Jun 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number: 0001660

Job Title: Science Machine Shop Supervisor/Technician

Department: Physics

Position Status: Full-Time

Position Type: Temporary

Months per Year: 12 Months

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Position band/level: 120 = AP26

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Job Summary: Skidmore College seeks a supervisor/technician for the Science Machine Shop. The supervisor/technician will manage the shop, including safety oversight and training, machining training, equipment upkeep, and working with students and faculty to design and fabricate equipment for research and teaching needs. We are particularly interested in candidates from underrepresented groups who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

We seek candidates with experience in machining wood, metals, and plastics, including the use of CNC machines. The employee will also select, train and oversee student workers during the academic year who will assist with and perform shop work. The candidate will also work to train and supervise students engaged in coursework that involves the machine shop as well as those producing projects for co-curricular purposes. The candidate must be able to work from detailed mechanical drawings and be able to work with faculty, staff and students to design equipment from conceptual sketches. Fabrication of projects in the shop is performed by the supervisor/technician, student workers, and occasional faculty.

The supervisor/technician will also contribute to ongoing work developing a maker space at the college.

The duties of the shop supervisor/technician include:
  • designing and overseeing safety protocols

  • scheduling and coordinating workflow and use of the shop

  • maintenance of equipment and inventory

  • working with users to design scientific equipment

  • fabrication of scientific equipment

  • assisting faculty and students as they fabricate projects

  • training and supervising students in course-related and co-curricular projects

  • training and supervising student workers

  • overseeing chemicals used in and hazardous waste generated by the machine shop

This is a full time temporary position (12 months per year for three years).

Skidmore College is a liberal arts institution located in upstate New York with approximately 2,500 students, of whom 22% are domestic students of color, 11% are from outside the United States, and 13% are first-generation college students. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and individuals who will contribute to an increasingly diverse campus community.

Minimum Qualifications: Appropriate high school or vocational training, at least 5 years of recent experience in machining and fabrication. Skills: machining in metal, plastic, and wood; carpentry; record keeping; personnel training and management; safety protocols and procedures; familiarity with safe use of solvents, glues, and paints; strong interpersonal skills.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume
Cover Letter
List of Three References

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Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for this position, please fill out an online application and attach the following documents: Resume or C.V.; a list of names and contact information of three people that we can contact as references; and a cover letter/written statement (1-2 pages) describing experience and expertise relevant to this position, including experience in similar facilities, development and implementation of safety protocols, and experience training others.Applications will be reviewed starting in early July

Questions should be addressed to the search chair, Greg Gerbi, at or 518-580-5127.

This system can support attachments up to 1.9MB. If you encounter difficulty attaching any one of the required documents, please contact Clarissa Sawyer, Employment Coordinator in Human Resources at: or 518 580.5802

Pay Range: Commensurate with experience

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Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result


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