Instrument Shop Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
organizes, and supervises the activities in a mechanical and/or
electronic instrument shop. Supervises employees in the design,
maintenance, calibration, repair, and fabrication of components,
assemblies, and/or research apparatus and laboratory equipment.
Typical classifications supervised are Instrument Makers, Instrument
Maker/Designers, Electronic Technicians and/or Machinists.
a specialized classification and not part of a series.
Examples of Duties:
- Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned
employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations
that are given particular weight regarding the employment status
of assigned employees.
- Plans, selects, and devises work methods, work procedures,
work flow standards for quantity and quality of work.
- Plans, develops, and recommends procedures and policies for
- Plans and recommends budget; reviews shop's fiscal
performance; ensures expenditures stay within budgetary
- Confers with faculty and/or researchers, determining
feasibility of project, and advises on design parameters,
material selection, and provides cost estimates.
- Designs apparatus and equipment, and supervises employees in
the design, maintenance, calibration, repair, and fabrication of
components, assemblies, and/or research and laboratory
- Inventories and requisitions supplies and equipment;
recommends replacement and/or new equipment as needed.
- Supervises and instructs students in laboratory classes
and/or assists them with special projects; trains students in
the operation of research and/or laboratory equipment, and
ensures safe and proper use of equipment.
- Writes specifications for purchase of new equipment and
maintains records on such items as failure rate of equipment,
equipment service dates, and description of equipment.
- Participates in the activities of the shop by designing and
fabricating a variety of research and laboratory equipment.
- Interfaces with vendors to establish special manufacturing
processes and materials and/or specifications for repair of
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of budgetary practices and principles.
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of
instrumentation, design, fabrication, and maintenance.
- Knowledge of safety practices.
- Skill in fabricating, maintaining, and repairing
- Skill in drafting.
- Skill in record keeping.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
years of experience in the design, fabrication, modification, and
repair of high precision, mechanical instrument and assemblies,
instrumentation design, AutoCAD/SmartCam software, and three
dimensional drawings which includes one year of supervisory
experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or
education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities
have been achieved.
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