The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Scientific Instrument Maker II - Machinist

Hiring department McDonald Observatory
Monthly salary $3,500+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Flexible from 700AM to 600PM
Posting number 17-08-14-01-4341
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

Applicants selected for interview are encouraged to bring samples of their work if available.

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 using manual and CNC machine tools.

Essential Functions

Produce high-quality, precision parts in an efficient and timely manner using manual and CNC machine tools, CAM software, and personal judgment and initiative to match the machining process, layout, and setup to the job, including designing and building fixtures and jigs when necessary. Assemble, modify, repair, and maintain instruments and equipment for the Observatory, the shop and the Astronomy department. Assist researchers and design personnel in planning instrument design and construction with practical knowledge based on shop experience. Maintain general use perishable tools, and instruct students and others using the machine shop as needed. Remain current on new manufacturing methods, practices, and tools.

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. Lathe, milling machines, shaper, planer, drill press, welding equipment, micrometers, and other precision measuring devices. Experience programming CNC machines using manual G-code entry and/or CAM software, setup and operate CNC machines, and using PC computers to run programs and save files. Ability to work independently, work under pressure, accept supervision, maintain a professional demeanor, work as a team member without day-to-day supervision, and effectively communicate with supervisors, co-workers, and customers. Regular and punctual attendance. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Five or more years of experience as a machinist, instrument maker, or tool and die maker. Five or more years of experience programming and operating CNC mills, lathes, and wire EDM machines (specifically, Hurco, HAAS, and Fanuc WEDM), and planning, laying out, and setting up tooling, jigs, and fixtures to fabricate single-part or multi-part jobs. Three or more years experience using MasterCAM software to program CNC machines. Knowledge of solid modeling software (specifically, Inventor and SolidWorks), MasterCAM post processors, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Technical courses such as machine tool programming and blueprint reading.

Working conditions

May work around chemical fumes May work around chemicals May work around electrical and mechanical hazards Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Lifting and moving Usual machine, scientific or engineering shop conditions, such as sitting, walking, standing, squatting, stooping, and reaching. Exposure to a variety of experimental laboratory shop conditions. Deadlines/overlapping projects.

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