Bloomington Support Staff Job Specs
Job Title and Grade: Research Machinist III / SSOJ
Job Code: 002371
This is advanced technical work in the design and fabrication of scientific apparatus used for research.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
Designs, fabricates, installs, maintains, and repairs new or unique scientific laboratory devices, components and precision instruments for research purposes; consults with equipment end-users regarding design and application; reads and interprets blueprints and sketches; measures to desired degree of accuracy; sets up and operates precision tools to produce components.
Trains and oversees employees when in the shop or laboratory area. Trains and oversees students using the shop for classroom and research projects; assists students in determining the types of material to use. Ensures the safety of all workers in the shop
Tests and debugs prototypes and finished assemblies. Installs custom-fabricated, rebuilt and purchased equipment. Modifies purchased and existing equipment to meet experimental needs. Troubleshoots and diagnoses equipment failure and prescribes and makes necessary repairs or modifications. Maintains equipment and performs repairs in the main shop and student shop.
Designs and fabricates specialized tooling, holding fixtures and unique assembly tools. Sets up machines to ensure that concentricity, parallelism, and angular displacement are within specific tolerances.
Performs billing; keeps track of time spent on jobs and materials.
Supervises main shop when supervisor and assistant are absent.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of the tools, materials, methods, and techniques of the machinist trade.
Knowledge of metals, plastics, glass, and specialized alloys, including their characteristics.
Knowledge of welding, brazing, and soldering and the qualities of materials used.
Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the machinist trade.
Ability to design delicate scientific apparatus from verbal instructions and rough sketches.
Ability to maintain close tolerance precision work from oral or written instructions, sketches, blueprints, and models.
Ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff and students.
Ability to use the precision tools and equipment common to the machinist trade.
Education: Two years post-high school training in machining.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
Experience: Three years experience as a machinist, one year of which includes experience in the design, fabrication, construction, maintenance, diagnosis and repair of precision instruments.
The intent of this job specification is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this specification.