Research Machinist Duties
This is machine shop work at the journeyman level in the
fabrication of research equipment.
An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for
the construction, assembly, and installation of a wide variety
of research tools and equipment requiring a high degree of
precision tolerances. Work is subject to close inspection for
quality and conformance with user requirements. Assignments are
received both orally and in the form of rough sketches and
drawings. Work methods and procedures are usually determined by
the employee and is subject to review upon completion.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Installs, repairs, and fabricates a wide variety of complex
research tools, equipment, parts, and fixtures.
Performs difficult and precise machine operations.
Constructs parts and assembles new equipment as sketched by
Performs fine instrument work utilizing a wide variety of metals
Interprets sketches and designs.
Makes mathematical calculations.
Sets up and operates lathes, milling machines, grinders,
shapers, and other related machinery and equipment.
Tests installations and performs general maintenance duties on
machines, equipment, instruments, and tools.
Works closely with research personnel in solving design and
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school and
considerable experience at the journeyman machinist level in the
fabrication and repair of research equipment; or any equivalent
combination of training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials,
methods, and practices of the machinist trade.
Considerable knowledge of the working properties and heat
treatment of a wide variety of metals and plastics.
Considerable knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of
Some knowledge of the welding trade.
Ability to do high precision work with hand or machine tools.
Ability to read and interpret highly specialized drawings,
sketches, and diagrams.
Ability to exercise judgment in determining work methods.
Ability to use shop mathematic, charts, tables, and handbook
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with research staff and other clients.
Skill in the use and care of machinery and tools utilized in the