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The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is a national center for advanced science and engineering research and development and education. APL-UW was formed in 1943 for the U.S. Navy to bring university research resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. APL-UW has developed an international reputation for its broad based programs in science, engineering and for designing, building, and deploying the advanced technology required to meet the research needs of numerous government and commercial sponsors. With modern facilities, equipment and over 350 talented researchers and staff, APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities.
APL has an outstanding full time opportunity for an Instrument Maker 2.
APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities. APL-UW is organized into eight scientific and technical departments. The ability to turn ideas and hypotheses into experiments, field programs, and new instrumentation relies on the composite of many science and engineering disciplines. The Laboratory owes its success to the synergy created by investigators and technicians working across these departments and their commitment to basic and applied research.
The appointee to this position will perform high precision machining and welding on complex Oceanographic Research Instruments by setting up and operating manual machine tools such as lathes, mills, jig borers, horizontal boring mill, grinders, and drill presses and/or programming, setting up and operating computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools to fabricate parts for research, academic and medical purposes. Additionally, this position will perform advanced welding of structures, pressures vessels, devices, and components ensuring reliable operation at-sea.
Under general supervision, this position will perform limited design and project coordination duties in support of part fabrication such as designing basic jigs and fixtures, determining set-up and machine settings for manufacturing parts as well as troubleshooting and repairing mechanical equipment.
-Confer with professors, scientists, and engineers on development of Oceanographic instruments and specialized equipment for research use; recommend design modifications;
-Work from solid models, hard copy blueprints, sketches, diagrams, written and oral instructions and suggest design or material changes when alternate configurations appear appropriate;
-Perform advanced welding using Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) processes along with heat-treating processes including welding of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys and shield metal arc welding techniques, and brazing, soldering and heat treating of a wide variety of metals;
-Perform welding and fabrication of structures, pressures vessels, devices, and components;
-Plan and lay out work, weld jigs and fixtures, determine material and fabrication methods to be used, if not explicitly specified; calculate sizes, apply GD&T to components and determine working tolerances;
-Set up and run CNC machine tools and make adjustments as required to fabricate parts;
-Construct or machine parts from standard and exotic metals and alloys, plastics, wood, rubber, ceramic, etc.;
-Follow the APL Machine Shop file system structure and work with the MS Access tooling storage database;
-Troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment or machine tools, perform basic repairs, and solve complex mechanical problems;
-Perform close tolerance sheet metal work;
-Perform related duties as required.