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#95367 Senior Lab Mechanician

Extended Deadline: Tue 1/1/2019

This position is open until filled.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/31/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


Under general supervision, advise MAE students in the undergraduate machine shop class. Assist and advise the students in the design and fabrication of their quarter-long projects using comprehensive knowledge of separate machining characteristics of a wide variety of materials and shop practices and machining principles.

Employ a high degree of manual dexterity to fabricate machine projects. Perform both basic and sophisticated machining work in support of undergraduate/graduate student projects. Operate standard machine shop equipment such as lathes, milling machines, and band saws.

Fabricate and modify specialized equipment, components, and prototypes from a variety of materials. Provide one-on-one training to less experienced shop users, emphasizing good work habits and safety. Clean, organize, and maintain shop.

  • Work Schedule: 10:30am-7:00pm.


  • Proven high level machinist skills, including the skill to safely set up, operate, and perform minor maintenance on standard machine shop equipment such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, band saws, brakes, and drill presses.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant safety practices, plus the ability and willingness to comply with those practices.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of shop practices and machining principles. Skill to perform machining work to close tolerances on a range of shapes and angles.

  • Proven ability to design and fabricate high-quality finished products in materials such as aluminum, plastics, ceramics, copper, stainless steel, and brass.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the individual machining characteristics of a wide variety of materials.

  • Strong ability to use originality and ingenuity to solve problems.

  • Ability to accurately perform mathematical calculations relevant to machine shop work. May include converting between metric and imperial measurements, calculating volumes and/or weights, etc.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to interact successfully with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and with non-native speakers of English.


  • A background check is required.

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Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$55,500 - $63,955 /year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Variable, 40 hours/week , 10:30am-7:00pm