5910 Experimental Machinist


TITLE Experimental Machinist




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean, College of Natural & Applied Sciences



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.


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.


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.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 6 - 1500 Points: This level represents the most complicated craft skills involving advanced electronics and mechanical theory. Craft skills at this level involve journeyman-level knowledge of principles, concepts, specialized complicated techniques and methods of a profession, and the skill in applying that knowledge that is typically acquired with experience and advanced training beyond that of journeyman-level.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 150 Points: Some supervision and training of student and part-time workers may be required where the nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level may also involve directing the work assignments of one or more permanent, full-time employees, but supervision typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day. Characteristic of this level would be employees who direct student workers, or work team leaders who act as working supervisors. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 4 - 150 Points: Administrative policies and procedures are available in general terms, but employee uses initiative and creativity in deviating from past practices to develop new methods or policies. Employee must exercise judgment in interpreting the intent of guidelines, methods, procedures, and processes to achieve objectives is left up to the incumbent.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 4 - 175 Points: The purpose is to coordinate activities involving employees, students, and/or the general public. At this level, contacts involve considerable interpersonal skill involving cooperation and coordination and may involve the organization of activities of programs requiring working relationships among several parties. While contacts may require some level of persuasion, potential for conflicts and disputes are relatively minor.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 5 - 200 Points: Work requires maximum exertion on a daily basis. Prolonged and frequent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, climbing, crawling, and/or heavy lifting represent normal work day activities. The job requires frequent lifting of objects weighing up to 75 pounds without assistance, and periodic lifting of heavier objects with or without assistance.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 2 - 40 Points: Jobs at this level might require frequent but routine responsibility for facility security, public safety, equipment, or money.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 4 - 700 Points: The work involves varied duties requiring many different and unrelated processes and methods such as those relating to well-established administrative or professional fields. Decisions regarding what needs to be done include the assessment of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, and incomplete or conflicting data. The work requires making many decisions concerning such things as the interpreting of considerable data, planning the work, or refining methods and techniques to be used.