Physics Machine Shop Manager

Location
California, United States
Posted
Monday, 18 May 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 18 July 2020
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5139
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time

Job Summary

The Physics Machine Shop Manager will oversee the Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy Instrument Shop at Caltech, aimed at providing instruction and consultation for fabricating a broad variety of specialized parts for scientific investigations. This part-time, benefits eligible, role will consult with Caltech faculty, students, and staff members on the engineering and design of parts using modern CAD software, and will provide expertise and guidance on the selection of outside vendors for cost-effecting fabrication, including laser cutting, 3D printing, and other techniques. The Shop Manager will also contribute to the training of Caltech students and others in modern design and fabrication methods as well as general machining practices with particular emphasis placed on teaching machine safety.

Job Duties

  • Provide expertise on outside machining and fabrication services, including CNC machining, laser cutting, 3D printing, anodizing, and welding, to provide cost-effective solutions that enable cutting-edge scientific investigations
  • Assist customers (faculty, students, and staff members) with material selection, machining methods, and parts design using CAD software
  • Oversee use of the shop by Caltech faculty, students, and staff members
  • Work with administration to define suitable shop operating procedures and safety protocols, and ensure that these are followed at all times
  • Train students as needed in instrument design and machining practices
  • Organize tooling and machining supplies in the shop
  • Maintain all machines in good working order and keep necessary records of shop equipment, including repair and maintenance
  • Oversee maintenance of one smaller machine shop used by individual research groups within the Division, keeping equipment in good working order
  • Oversee business activities of the shop, including, purchasing, tooling and equipment acquisition, and material orders

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years precision machining experience, including at least two years of prototype and/or experimental machining experience
  • Ability to set up and maintain milling machines, lathes, and other machining equipment
  • Experience designing tools and/or assemblies using various CAD programs, including AutoCAD and SolidWorks
  • A reasonable knowledge and understanding of a broad variety of fabrication techniques, including laser cutting, water-jet cutting, 3D printing, EDM, welding, and anodizing
  • A reasonable knowledge and understanding of a broad variety of materials properties, ranging from Teflon to molybdenum
  • Organizational skills sufficient to run a shop with a broad range of customers and users
  • Ability to design and/or modify parts to improve function and efficiency
  • Ability to see several steps ahead and to plan and organize jobs accordingly
  • Must be able to lift and carry parts, tooling, and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • AA degree

Required Documents

  • Resume

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