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University of Washington
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INSTRUMENT MAKER 3 Req #:199646Department:CENPAJob Location: Seattle Campus Posting Date:04/19/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:$4,646 - $6,097 per month Shift:First Shift As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA) has an outstanding opportunity for an Instrument Maker. CENPA is a Department of Energy Center of Excellence with world leading experiments in nuclear physics and astrophysics. These experiments are located at University of Washington’s Seattle Campus as well as across North America and Europe. The experiments involve ultra-high vacuum techniques, high voltages, cryogenics, clean room operation, low background materials, and precision fabrication employing a wide range of materials. The design and much of the fabrication and testing is carried out in the machine and electronics shops and labs at CENPA.

This position is for an Instrument Maker III. The successful candidate will perform highly complex, high precision work by setting up and operating precision manual and/or computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools such as lathes, mills, jig borers, horizontal boring mill, grinders, and drill presses, to fabricate parts for research, academic and medical purposes. Included are the requirements to be able to resolve highly complex design and manufacturing problems such as performing design work from verbal or minimal written instructions to manufacture mechanical devices; determining tolerances and fits on mechanical designs; performing advanced jig and fixture design, diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing, and rebuilding machine tools and/or mechanical devices.

  • The work will involve interacting with professors, scientists, engineers, and students.
  • The work will require offering advice and working from drawings that range from CAD drawings to sketches.
  • In addition to fabricating hardware, the applicant will participate in its assembly and initial testing. When necessary, this will include refinement of the apparatus.
  • This position will also be responsible for overseeing the CENPA Student Machine Shop and periodically providing instruction to students operating the machines.
  • Design, specify, purchase, and build components of scientific apparatus following the general directions of faculty.
  • Use three-dimensional modeling software, such as Inventor or Solidworks.
  • Write computer numerical control (CNC) programs using conversational programming language at the machine control or off-line at a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system.
  • Determine and plan all inspection criteria required to prove the repeatable accuracy of high-tolerance components and devices; perform inspections with appropriate gauges and measuring machines.
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and rebuild machine tools and/or complex electro-mechanical devices.
  • Perform advanced expert sheet metal work and welding, including weld joint design, filler metal selection and general weld engineering.
  • Perform duties of Instrument Maker II.
  • Perform related duties as required.

  • Two years of experience as an Instrument Maker II OR Equivalent education/experience.

  • Proficiency in close-tolerance manual machining, milling, lathe work, drill press, grinders, saws and hand tools.
  • Proficient in CNC programing of machines and
  • Knowledge of how to operate a CNC mill and CNC lathe.
  • Basics of welding and soldering of materials.
  • At least intermediate skill with a CAD program. Inventor preferred.

  • Ability to document procedures and prepare reports.
  • Ability to work successfully on multiple concurrent projects, and to work with a team.
  • Knowledge of the machinability of metals, ceramics, plastics and composites and silicones.
  • Ability to estimate job cost per design and to suggest value-engineering enhancements that minimize time and cost.
  • Ability to carry out load and stress calculations of components.
  • Openness to novel concepts of research apparatus, methods, and procedures and ability to find solutions to problems.
  • Experience with liquid cryogens, preferably including liquid helium.
  • Familiarity with compressors and expanders.
  • Vacuum system assembly and troubleshooting.

    Desired certifications (available as University of Washington training courses):
  • Forklift Operator Safety and Certification.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


    Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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