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Machinist - Sr Technical Support Staff II

Princeton University
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The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) operates a Machine Shop to support the research needs of the faculty, staff, researchers, and students of the school. The Machinist will produce complex research prototype machined parts and components by programming, setting up, and operating computerized numerical control (CNC) Vertical Mills, Lathes, and traditional conventional metal and woodworking machines. The individual must be able to work with faculty, professional research staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students to ascertain and help define their specific needs and then propose ways to fabricate parts and components to satisfy those needs in a timely and economical manner. The Machinist must maintain high quality and safety standards, keep accurate records, and maintain the supplies and equipment in the shop.


Work independently to design and fabricate parts for use in research and educational efforts throughout the School of Engineering and Applied Science:-Review work orders, engineering plans, materials lists, and project specifications to accurately, precisely and safely plan/execute machining projects. -Design projects using CAD/CAM software, program and configure CNC mills and lathes to accurately, precisely, and safely machine parts and components to specified dimensions and tolerances.-Ensure fabrication quality through routine observation and measurement during CNC operations. Make adjustments as appropriate to accurately, precisely and safely complete project requests. -Determine project priorities and schedules to ensure work is completed efficiently and effectively.-Perform brazing, soldering, silver soldering, and welding (including stainless steel and aluminum) when requested or as required to complete project requests.-Stay current and up-to-date with changing technology and professional machining practices.


Work with researchers (faculty, students, staff) to collaborate on project requests and discuss project requirements:-Meet and spend time with researchers to understand their needs and help define requirements.-Offer advice and recommendations based on past experience to help define requirements and satisfy the the research need.-Consult with researchers throughout the design and fabrication process to ensure their requirements are being met.-Follow-up with researchers upon completion to ensure fabricated parts and components met their expectation and perform as intended.


Provide safety oversight and assistance to authorized shop users (faculty, students, staff) operating machines and tools for independent research or educational purposes:-Organize and deliver instructional classes for new users of the SEAS machine shop-Instruct users in machine shop best practices and fabrication techniques.-Ensure all personnel in the shop are following University shop policy and safety procedures.-Assist users with the design and advanced fabrication techniques of complex projects.


On-going machine shop and tool inspections and maintenance:-Perform regular shop inspections and maintenance to ensure good housekeeping practices and a safe working environment.-Perform regular tool inspections and perform regular maintenance in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations to ensure tools are in good working order and safe to operate. -Coordinate machine repairs with authorized persons when needed.-Maintain inventory of common parts and consumable components required to ensure machines/tools are safe to operate. -Inspect/Clean shop areas daily/weekly. The shop must be well maintained, neat, and organized to ensure a safe work environment for all users.


Essential qualifications:

-High school diploma or GED

-5+ years of experience

-Comprehensive knowledge of machine shop practices (shop safety, feeds and speeds, set-up, etc.)-Comprehensive understanding of sophisticated fabrication and assembly techniques-Proficiency with design software, such as: SolidWorks, Mastercam, or Autocad-In-depth knowledge of programming and operation of CNC Mills, Lathes, Water Jets, and other shop tools-Expertise in material selections used for custom machined parts-Superior interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a broad array of people-Tact, excellent judgment, and the ability to maintain confidentiality when handling sensitive situations-Physical qualifications including stand/walk for extended periods; lift, carry, push, pull up to 25 lbs frequently and up to 100 lbs occasionally; repetitively use hands for grasping, manipulating, and assembling machined parts


Preferred qualifications: 

-Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.-Good project management skills, comfort with decision making and problem solving. -Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to set priorities and juggle competing demands. -Experience working in an academic environment.-Experience training new users of metal and woodworking tools-Proficiency with Microsoft Office



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Standard Weekly Hours40.00Eligible for OvertimeNoBenefits EligibleYesProbationary Period180 daysEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredReviewValid Driver’s License RequiredNo#LI-ZY1


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