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Research Engineering Instrument Maker IV (Multiple Positions)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req5838

Department: Steward Observatory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill two full time positions of Research Engineering Instrument Maker IV (Machinist).

The Instrument Maker/Machinist fabricates components through the set up and operation of conventional and CNC lathes and milling machines, drill presses and similar equipment to support research in ground and space based astronomy. Work includes fabricating and repairing scientific research equipment, prototypes and mechanical equipment to accomplish the goals of the principal investigator and his/her program.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Fabricates complex components using CNC lathes, milling machines, drill presses and similar equipment.
  • Oversee fabricating and repairing scientific research equipment, prototypes and mechanical equipment.
  • Uses best practices and approaches to communicate with PI and participates in the design of instrumentation as needed.
  • Oversee labor and material resources and requisitions materials, supplies and equipment.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of mechanical inspection techniques which include the use and care of mechanical inspection equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Federal regulations
    require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be
    ITAR/EAR compliant.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or
    equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Minimum of 7
    years of relevant experience required.
  • Must be able to stand up to eight hours, climb stairs and ladders, and lift and carry heavy objects up to fifty-five pounds.
  • Must be able to work in an environment with standard machine shop odors, fumes and noise is commonplace and use the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment for the job.
  • Must be able to work around materials that require the use of appropriate Personal Protection Equipment and understand the Material Safety Data Sheets specific to those materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with fabrication, modification, and repair of mechanical instruments and assemblies which includes two years of instrument design experience; OR, completion of a five year instrument maker apprenticeship program AND two years of instrument design experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
  • Experience working with manual machines and HAAS CNC mill and has experience working with G and M codes, and generating tool paths with CAM software.
  • Experience with HSMWorks and SolidWorks.
  • Experience with KERN milling machine.
  • Experience in micro-machining with 2 micron tolerances.
  • Experience producing precision optics.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $24.03 - $31.42 DOE

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research Engineering

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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