Physics Shop Manager
This position will oversee the Physics Machine Shop at Caltech, aimed at fabricating a broad variety of specialized parts for scientific investigations.
The Physics Shop Manager will provide precision machining services as needed, primarily working with manual machines and currently one CNC machine, and will oversee use of the shop by Caltech faculty, students, and staff members. The Shop Manager will also work with customers on designing parts using modern CAD software, and will provide expertise on using outside vendors for cost-effective fabrication, including laser cutting, 3D printing, and other techniques.
- Machine parts for Caltech customers (faculty, post docs, students, and staff members) using manual and CNC machines, including lathes and milling machines, along with specialized equipment, jigs, and fixtures. Fabricate parts and assemblies to precise tolerances and dimensions, sometimes using exotic materials.
- Assist customers with material selection, machining methods, and parts design using CAD software.
- Provide expertise on outside machining and fabrication services, including CNC machining, laser cutting, 3D printing, anodizing, and welding, to provide cost-effective fabrication, including laser cutting, 3D printing, and other techniques.
- 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.
- 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 several smaller machine shops used by individual research groups within the Division, keeping equipment in good working order.
- Oversee business activities of the shop, including billing, purchasing, equipment acquisition, and material orders. Coordinate and schedule machining jobs, and prepare time and cost estimates.
- May occasionally need to deliver and/or pickup parts from local vendors.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of 7 years precision machining experience, including at least 2 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 possess a valid driver’s license and maintain it throughout employment.
- Ability to lift and/or carry tooling, shop supplies and parts weighing 25 or more pounds.
- AA degree preferred.
Supervisory position? No
Posting Detail Information
Posting Open Date 04/05/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.