Payroll Title: UCP IX
Class Code: 0914-9089
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Under the general direction of the Dean/Director, manages the machine shop for a college/division and works independently in the design, development and fabrication of complex high-precision mechanical equipment and models for use in the college/division research and educational activities.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Working independently, designs, develops and fabricates from original designs, prints, sketches or verbal/conceptual descriptions, complex high-precision mechanical equipment, models and instruments as specified or required for special research applications, requiring knowledge of the laws and principles of mechanical engineering.
- Consults with and advises researchers concerning development of special instruments and devices required to accomplish research/educational goals; assists in planning new laboratories.
- Diagnoses, repairs or rebuilds equipment and instruments as required.
- Recruits, trains, supervises, evaluates, schedules and assigns work to shop personnel engaged in the construction of routine and complex projects.
- Plans, organizes and conducts machine shop safety courses and certifies shop users are qualified to use equipment and machinery.
- Recommends budget requests for shop equipment and supplies; estimates labor and material costs for each project.
- Oversees use of shop facilities by students, staff and faculty to assure proper usage of equipment according to prescribed safety standards.
- Is responsible for the safety of all shop activities; sets up and maintains safety program and machinery maintenance program; initiating corrective action as necessary.
- Supervises, coordinates and schedules shop projects to meet deadlines and requests, evaluating and assigning priorities to individual projects.
- Maintains and controls inventory of shop supplies and equipment, with authority for restoring depleted stocks and repair or replacement of equipment.
- Is responsible for the maintenance of shop and classroom laboratory equipment as needed.
- Maintains contact with vendors and searches commercial market to determine availability and cost of equipment/instruments to meet exact specifications for research/educational needs.
- Initiates purchases, controls delivery of supplies and equipment and maintains necessary records.
- Keeps abreast of developments in area of expertise and related scientific fields through reading of scientific journals and technical papers.
- Evaluates shop functions and recommends changes in current or future operations.
- Maintains files and records necessary to support shop activities.
- Provides instruction and operation manuals, performance specifications and all necessary documentation and data for inclusion in various professional publications and possible patent applications.
- Advises, assists and instructs students and other shop users in their work in machine shop.
- Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or physical sciences OR equivalent combination of training and experience in design and construction of intricate instruments, gained in research lab setting.
- At least 5 years experience in the design and construction of high-precision instruments at the level of model maker, with ability to design and fabricate research equipment based on verbal descriptions of performance needs.
- Knowledge of basic principles of mechanics and mechanical design and thorough familiarity with material properties as required to serve college/division.
- Thorough knowledge of safety procedures and ability to plan, organize and conduct shop safety courses.
- Familiarity with metals, alloys and plastics used in instrument construction, including procurement of same.
- Supervisory and training ability in various skill trades such as metal working, welding, plumbing, carpentry, sheet-metal, machine repairing, electromechanical, power generating, etc.
- Ability to advise researchers and effectively deal with large number of multilevel projects related to different branches of engineering.
- Normal color vision.
Date Revised: 12/21/98
Date Created: 6/28/85