The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Scientific Instrument Maker II - CNC Machinist

Hiring department McDonald Observatory
Monthly salary $3,500+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Flexible from 630AM to 530PM
Posting number 13-06-19-01-4341
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Non-exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

None provided

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Fabricate precision parts from drawings and solid models.

Essential Functions

Fabricate quality, high-precision parts in an efficient and timely manner using CNC and manual machines; program CNC machines manually and using CAM software. Use personal judgment and initiative to match the machining process to the job and to determine job layout and set up. Assist researchers and design personnel in planning instrument design and construction with practical knowledge based on shop experience. Assemble, modify, repair, and maintain instruments and equipment for the Observatory, the shop, and the Astronomy department. Performs other duties such as remaining current on new manufacturing processes, practices, and tools, maintain general-use perishable tools, and instruct students and others using the shop, as needed.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

High school graduation or GED supplemented by or including vocational machine shop and other technical courses such as mathematics, physics and blueprint reading; three years of experience as an instrument maker or machinist beyond the apprentice level that includes experience programming and operating CNC machines using manual G-code entry, CAM software; and in using PC computers to run programs and save files. Able to work under pressure and accept supervision. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Ten or more years of experience as a machinist, instrument maker, or tool and die maker. Ten or more years of experience programming CNC mills, lathes, and wire EDM machines such as Hurco, HAAS, and Fanuc; experience in planning, layout, setting up tooling and fixtures to fabricate single-part or multi-part jobs. Ten or more years experience using MasterCAM; knowledge of Autodesk Inventor and/or SolidWorks CAD software; knowledge of MasterCAM post processors and tool libraries, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Ability to cut and weld steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and other materials using MIG, TIG, plasma, oxy-acetylene, and other joining processes. Technical courses such as machine tool programming a plus. Demonstrated regular and punctual attendance. Must have the ability to work independently, maintain a professional demeanor, work as a team member without day-to-day supervision, and effectively communicate with supervisors, co-workers, and customers.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions May work around electrical and mechanical hazards Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Work in standard machine shop conditions.

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