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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: March 30, 2021
The Space Sciences Laboratory is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California at Berkeley. Its function is to build equipment and conduct research in all aspects of space science, including ground based equipment, earth orbit and interplanetary probes and instruments. The mechanical shop exists to assist in all aspects of this equipment prototyping, design and production using a variety of common and exotic materials. Principal Laboratory Mechanicians perform the most demanding of this work.
- Interact with clients to understand job requirements.
- Analyze jobs for ease of manufacture, problems, materials.
- Design and build tools, jigs, dies and fixtures needed for fabrication.
- Machine weld and fabricate parts as required.
- Fit and assemble parts into finished products, test as required.
- Maintain machine tools.
- Ability to interact with scientists, researchers, engineers, and students using rough sketches and concepts or finished blueprints to understand client's needs. Independently review work for feasibility and initiate corrective action as required.
- Ability to read and interpret correctly blueprints to ANSI standards.
- Ability to use machine and hand tools to make parts to close tolerances; tools include mills, lathes, saws, presses, brakes and shears.
- Proficiency in vacuum soldering and welding.
- Ability to assemble complex equipment. Knowledge of machining exotic materials.
- Graduation from High School and ten years experience in multi-disciplinary fabrication or job shop, instrument making and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Licenses or certifications required, if any:
- Completion of an approved apprenticeship or community college program in Machine Tool Technology.
- Ability to set up and run complex parts on CNC mills and lathes.
- Ability to use CAD/CAM system such as SolidWorks and GibbsCam.
Salary & Benefits
This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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