Assistant Instrument Shop Manager Duties
This is highly skilled supervisory and administrative work in
the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of mechanical
devices, research instruments, and related equipment.
An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for
assisting the shop manager in the management and direction of a
central mechanical instrument shop engaged in the design,
construction, modification, maintenance, and repair of a variety
of mechanical devices used for data processing, instructional,
and research purposes. The employees in this class participates
actively with university faculty and research personnel in the
design of mechanical equipment and related scientific apparatus.
Work is carried out independently, but under the general
supervision of the shop manager. The employee in this class has
official responsibility in the absence of the shop manager. Work
is reviewed by observation of results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assists the shop manager in supervising and participating in the
design, construction, assembly, maintenance, and repair of a
variety of mechanical equipment such as data processing
machines, interferometers, mass spectrometers, microwave
cavities, and similar instruments and equipment.
Assists the shop manager in recruiting, interviewing and hiring,
and related personnel matters.
Assists the shop manager in scheduling, designing, and compiling
procedures and policies of the shop.
Discusses technical problems of mechanical equipment design and
construction with faculty and research personnel; determines if
the instrumentation can be purchased or must be built in the
Estimates the cost of proposed jobs; schedules the work;
maintains quality control.
Selects, orders, and maintains an inventory of equipment and
Recruits and trains subordinate technicians.
Keeps records of shop time for billing purposes.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school
supplemented by college level course work in mechanical
engineering and higher mathematics and considerable experience
in the design, construction, modification, and maintenance of
mechanical instruments and equipment, including supervisory
experience; or any equivalent combination of training and
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, and tools used in
the construction and repair of mechanical laboratory equipment
Thorough knowledge of the hazards and proper safety precautions
of the work.
Considerable knowledge of the principles of mechanical
Knowledge of standard and emergency purchasing procedures.
Ability to plan, lay out, schedule, and supervise the work of
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with faculty, research personnel, and
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in