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
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
employee 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 a faculty
member. Work is reviewed by observation of results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervises and participates 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
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 principles of mechanical engineering.
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