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Scientific Instrument Maker II

The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Scientific Instrument Maker II


Mech and Aero Engineering



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Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm.

Open to:

External and Internal


Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and relevant experience up to $60,000.


Funding expected to continue

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University Information:

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 5 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student bodies in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.

Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.

Job Summary:

Responsible for machinist projects in the university machine shop, including operate shop equipment such as manual lathes and milling machines, and surface grinder.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Machinist operating equipment in the machine shop.
  • Assist FSAE director with various responsibilities.
  • Assist with shop operations and personnel.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma supplemented by vocational machine shop and technical courses such as mathematics, physics, or blueprint reading.
  • Five (5) years of combined experience:
    • As a journeyman machinist or instrument maker, experience operating and maintaining all machines and equipment in the shop, experience designing and manufacturing work holding fixtures.
  • Must be able to operate shop equipment such as manual lathes and milling machines, and surface grinder.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expert machinist with ten (10) years of experience drill press, micrometers, sine bar and other precision measuring devices.
  • Capable of maintaining mills and lathes.
  • Capable of operating and maintaining various saws, grinder, sanders, sand blaster, shear and other related equipment.
  • Capable of welding (TIG, MIG, and gas). Experience as a lead man or foreman.
  • Familiarity with all manual lathes, mills, saws, grinders, welders, and general shop equipment and tools.
  • Fluent with all measurement tools.
  • Experience working with students and faculty to enhance designs to make manufacturing easier.
  • Experience supervising shop operations and personnel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Drafting.
  • Ability to evaluate mechanical design.
  • Excellent shop math skills including trigonometry.
  • Ability to schedule and prioritize jobs. Excellent communications skills and temperament to work with students and clients.
  • Ability to hold very tight tolerances on machined parts.
  • Capability to organize and manage projects from start to finish.
  • Ability to function with continuous interruptions.

Working Conditions:

May be exposed to various hazards including chemicals, chemical fumes, electrical and mechanical hazards and biohazards. May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Frequent use of manual dexterity. Climbing of stairs and ladders. Must be on your feet six hours a day average, be able to lift 50 lbs. safely.

CBC Requirement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University’s compliance with this policy.

ADA Accommodations:

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Experience as machinist


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