TITLE Experimental Machinist
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 5910
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean, College of Natural & Applied Sciences
MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Provost
The Experimental Machinist applies mechanical theory, principles of machines, corrective machining procedures, engineering mathematics, physics and related knowledge to design, build, troubleshoot, repair and modify mechanical scientific equipment used in academic programs and research projects of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, including the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cooperative Engineering program, Geography, Geology & Planning, Hospitality and Restaurant Administration, Mathematics, and Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science and provides technical advice and assistance to University officials regarding the purchase or replacement of academic and research equipment.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Education: High school diploma or the equivalent is required.
Experience: At least six years of job shop experience leading to Master Machinist level is required.
Skills: Tool-making with experimental model building background is required. The ability to produce intricate machine assemblies from raw stock without assistance is required. The ability to use a cutting torch as well as an electric arc welder and perform welding, brazing and silver soldering is required. Limited woodworking and carpentry skills are required. Effective interpersonal skills are required. The ability to read and interpret complex mechanical drawings is required. A working knowledge of equipment rigging and machine installation is required. The ability to to operate a 4-wheel fork truck is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
Effort: Must be able to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to 75 pounds.
Other: Must possess normal color vision.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Supports academic instruction and faculty research efforts by planning, designing, constructing and testing experimental and scientific equipment (often with only a brief oral or written description of expected results) that is mechanical and operational.
2. Assists faculty engaged in research by providing specialized knowledge regarding the appropriateness of selected metals, plastics, woods, rubber and other materials for the construction of research projects.
3. Ensures that the College of Natural and Applied Sciences Support Services Machine Shop provides the required support to the academic and research functions of the college by being capable of operating the various machines in the shop, maintaining all mechanical tools and equipment in an operational condition, and purchasing precision tooling and materials as needed.
4. Provides technical advice and assistance to University officials regarding the purchase or replacement of academic and research equipment by reviewing specifications, maintenance requirements, versatility and dependability of replacement equipment and providing an evaluation of various brands and products available from vendors.
5. Provides specialized mechanical skills, essential to scientific research and academic requirements, by performing oxygen-acetylene welding, machining of materials to fit extremely close tolerances, and improvising special tools for one-time requirements.
6. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
7. Contributes to the overall success of the College of College of Natural and Applied Sciences by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The Experimental Machinist is supervised by the Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, establishes appropriate work schedules and priorities, and coordinates with faculty members and department heads in these matters.
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
REVISED JANUARY 2017