Instrument Maker Duties
This is highly skilled work in the construction of scientific
apparatus for use in laboratory research.
An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for
the application of journeyman skills of two or more mechanical
trades in the fabrication, modification, and maintenance of a
variety of laboratory equipment. Employees in this class
collaborate with faculty members and research assistants in the
design and construction of mechanical laboratory equipment
orally and in the form of rough sketches or blue prints. Work is
carried out under the direction of a shop manager, but requires
the exercise of considerable independent judgement and
creativity. Work is reviewed through conferences, inspection,
and observation of results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Builds and assists in the design of a wide variety of research
and laboratory equipment such as interferometers, mass
spectrometers, and microwave cavities.
Modifies, repairs, and rebuilds instructional laboratory
Confers with faculty members and graduate assistants to clarify
research requirements; advises on feasibility of projected
Prepares estimates for projected jobs; prepares cost records on
Prepares rough and finished sketches from oral instruction;
adapts and modifies sketches and blue prints.
Fabricates a wide variety of special laboratory equipment,
working in metal, plastic, wood, and other materials.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school, supplemented by
vocational training in one or more of the mechanical trades and
journeyman level experience in two or more mechanical trades and
crafts, including some experience in the construction and repair
of scientific equipment; or any equivalent combination of
training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials,
methods, and practices of two or more of the mechanical trades.
Ability to work from oral conversations, pencil sketches, and
Ability to execute precision work and to make mathematical
Ability to diagnose problems and make constructive
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with students, faculty members, research
personnel, and others contacted in the course of work.
Skill in the fabrication, modification, and repair of scientific
equipment constructed from metal, plastic, wood, or related