Instrument Maker/Designer Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
and fabricates a wide variety of research apparatus using Computer
Aid Design (CAD) and Computer Aid Manufacturing (CAM)
systems/equipment. Coordinates with faculty members, engineers, and
graduate assistants to clarify research requirements and advises on
feasibility of construction using CSAD/CAM programs. Prepares rough
and finish sketches from oral instructions, adapts and modifies
sketches and blueprints, and generates program for CNC machine.
Repairs, tests, calibrates and inspects prototype instruments and
assemblies. Prepares estimates for projected jobs, and maintains
various cost records on each project. Requisitions materials,
supplies, and tools. Makes recommendations for equipment purchases.
second in a series of three classifications. This classification is
distinguished from the Instrument Maker in that this classification
typically works with a variety of complex instrumentation and design
projects, which require a wide range of skills. Incumbents are fully
competent in all areas and provide technical assistance to lower
levels and also work under minimal supervision, rarely requiring
higher level assistance. Incumbents regularly consult on design
aspects of projects. Working conditions include restricted movement,
dirty environment, air contamination, intense noise, hazardous
materials, lifting or carrying heavy objects.
Examples of Duties:
- Coordinates Instrument Makers in the fabrication of research
and laboratory equipment.
- Designs and fabricates a wide variety of highly technical
research and laboratory equipment.
- Confers and consults with faculty members, engineers, and
graduate assistants to clarify research requirements, and
advises on feasibility of projected construction.
- Develops rough and finished sketches of research and
laboratory instruments, parts, or equipment from oral
instructions, and adapts and modifies sketches and blueprints
based on applicable properties and mathematical calculations.
- Tests, calibrates, and inspects prototype instruments and
- Estimates time, material, and labor costs for projected jobs
and maintains various cost records on each project.
- Requisitions materials, supplies, and tools and makes
recommendations for equipment purchases.
- Designs fixtures, experimental parts, and tooling to meet
specialized needs of engineering and research projects.
- Builds and assists faculty, staff, or student in designing a
wide variety of research and laboratory equipment.
- Ensures required information such as product design,
capacity, purposes and materials to be used is obtained through
written specifications, drawings, rough sketches, blueprints, or
verbally so work can be assigned, and layout and sequence of
- Oversees and manages all on-going work and projects in
relation to status, adherence to plans, quality and cost;
coordinates with faculty, staff, or students on problems and
completion of work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of and skill in CadCam three dimensional drawing.
- Knowledge in the design and fabrication of mechanical
- Knowledge of mechanical inspection techniques.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
- Skill in the design and fabrication of mechanical
- Skill in all metal joining techniques and procedures.
- Skill in vacuum leak detection techniques and procedures.
years of experience in the fabrication, modification, and repair of
mechanical instruments and assemblies using manual or CNC machine
shop equipment; OR, Completion of a two year tool technology program
AND eight years of experience related to the fabrication and repair
of mechanical devices and instrument assemblies, which includes two
years of component design, two years of CNC machine programming and
G code editing, and one year of CadCam programming for downloading
to CNC machining operations; OR, Any equivalent combination of
experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills
and abilities have been achieved.
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