Master Machinist, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Newark, New Castle County
Jan 30, 2014
Deadline: February 5, 2014 Pay Grade: 29N NATURE OF JOB: Performs highly skilled machine and support work for the research and teaching units on campus. A high level of independent judgment is required for the complete performance of a project from conception to final assembly. The job responsibilities are by category: 1) Machining and Fabrication: Applicant will construct unique scientific apparatus and components to support externally funded research projects. Assistance with the design is routinely required to arrive at the best solution for new problems involving, e.g. inspection of the apparatus or extended discussions with the investigator. Fabrication materials range from steel, aluminum, polymers, composites, plexi-glass, brass, copper, and other materials as appropriate for each project. Tolerances may be as tight as 0.0002” for some projects. Position involves modification and some troubleshooting of research and mechanical equipment and high-vacuum apparatii. 2) Teaching and Supervision: The training of students on modern machining and fabrication equipment including 3D printing is a part of the primary educational mission of the University. The job involves interacting with individuals from all backgrounds (including international), education levels (high school graduates to PhD), and ages (18 and above). Position involves showing new students (sometimes at the individual level) safety and machining practices. The successful applicant will show promise for providing and inspiring creative and new solutions to a broad range of problems experienced on the campus. 3) Administrative: Job involves the supervision of 5,000 sq. ft. including the Master Machine Shop, Student Machine Shop, Supplies and Material Inventory, Supporting Fabrication areas (Woodshop, Spot welding, gases). Work will involve billing and interacting with support staff on the appropriate research accounts to support the shop finances. Position also involves building management and interacting with facilities to help maintain Sharp Laboratory (50,000 sq. ft.). EXAMPLES OF WORK: • Designs, or assists in designing, and executes construction and repair of precision scientific equipment and apparatus at the highest appropriate quality standards. • Prepares schematics and drawings as needed for best representation and execution of projects. • Experienced with computer drafting files / CADD software. • Assists with the production of 3D printed components. • Performs precision CNC machining using conventional machinery and equipment, including lathe, milling machine, drill press, grinders, sheet metal tools and hand held tools. • Performs soldering, brazing, welding and other methods to bond materials. • Constructs jigs and fixtures as needed to perform machining projects. • Performs maintenance and repair of laboratory vacuum pumps, including general maintenance, and disassembly and repair. • Maintain supplies of gases and cryogenics (liquid nitrogen) for department research. • Maintains sufficient supply of shop inventory to properly support uninterrupted operation of the shop and the needs of the department, and performs ordering, receiving and organization of all shop inventory and equipment. • Communicates on regular basis with administrator of machine shop, and advises on project priorities, and needs of the shop. • May be required to assist in relocation of instruments, equipment and other materials within the department. • Basic woodshop construction and fabrication, such as shipping crates. • Assists in identification of shop costs. Prepares and maintains necessary records to ensure proper distribution of machine shop costs. • Assists in development of safety procedures and recommended safety equipment to be used in the machine shop. • Responsible for the security and proper care of shop tools and equipment. OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES: Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES: Requires a minimum of a high school diploma or GED with advanced machine shop experience. An additional four years of experience in machine shop research support operations is preferred. Requires completion of standard trade school or technical training program, and Journeyman status. Completion of certified welding program preferred. Additional training in physics, chemistry or basic engineering preferred. CAD familiarity or experience is required. Requires technical aptitude; comprehensive knowledge of metals and plastics and machine shop and stockroom operations; mechanical drawing skills; ability to work independently from sketches, drawings or verbal instructions; ability to organize; interpersonal skills; and the ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: With or without assistance, must be able to routinely lift up to 50 pounds. In certain positions, employment is dependent upon passing a University-specified medical evaluation related to the use of respiratory protection equipment. The ‘EXAMPLES OF WORK’ are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties assigned to this position. How To Apply When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application. 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