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#TP97919 Principal Laboratory Mechanician

Filing Deadline: Thu 2/28/2019

Position available through UCSD Temporary Employment Services (TES). Employment through TES is an excellent way to gain valuable UCSD experience and get your foot in the door for career positions. TES employment includes medical coverage, paid vacation & sick time, paid holidays, as well as training and development opportunities!


Exciting opportunity available via UC San Diego’s Temporary Employment Services to provide production and quality assurance support at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Responsibilities: Perform audits of Marine Science Development Center (MSDC) areas of responsibilities to ensure a quality product to the client. Assist in the fabrication, assembly, and modification of specialized equipment and research prototypes. Work with a variety of materials and metals, utilizing blueprints, graphs, drawings, and sketches for part accuracy. Operate standard machine shop equipment.

Interacts with researchers, engineers, and PI's. Maintain inventory control documents, first article requirements, and CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) documents as required. Maintain calibration and preventive maintenance logs for Machine Shop tools and equipment. Provide support and assistance in the development and manufacture of oceanographic related instruments, i.e. o-ring specifications, and surface finish requirements.

Anticipated Duration: 4 months +

Compensation: $29.22 /hour


• Prior experience in quality control of machine shop products. Comprehensive knowledge of shop practices and machinery principles, special tools and safety practices.

• Skilled to operate machine shop tools (manual and CNC lathes and mills, grinders, jig bore machine, radial arm drill, deburr knives, and polishing equipment).

• Previous experience in the design, fabrication, and production of instruments and hardware, for a variety of uses.

• Knowledge to comprehend the nature of the job with guidelines that consist mainly of rough sketches and oral information as related to the basic design. Specific details are developed as fabrication progresses.

• Ability to read and interpret blueprints or schematics to ensure proper dimensional specifications.

• Proven knowledge of trade materials, i.e. aluminum, plastic, ceramics, copper, stainless steel, and brass.

• High degree of originality and ingenuity for solution of fabrication, assembly, installation, and related problems.

• Knowledge to problem solve issues related to the manufacturing of underwater instruments.

• High degree of comprehension of the researcher's needs and an understanding of restrictions of the test environment in which design will be operated.

• Knowledge of shop measuring devices. Knowledge of tool design and metalurgy.

• Prior experience maintaining inventory and quality control certification records.

• Manual dexterity in order to perform sub-assemblies at workbench.

• Computer skills: email and basic data entry in a PC environment.

• Graduation from high school, with emphasis on upper-level math, and eight (8) years of experience in general machine shop work, tool and die making or instrument making; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Knowledge and expertise in the field of o-ring specifications and surface finish requirements for underwater applications.

• Experience providing contributions to enhance and optimize instrumentation design, fabrication processes, and instrumentation management.

• Prior experience and knowledge in deburring, tapping, polishing, and finishing parts to blueprint specifications and customer satisfaction prior to delivery.

• Experience using a CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) to provide part documentation and first article reports.

• Superb interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) to interact with PI's, researchers, and non-UCSD clients. Proven success interacting successfully with diverse groups of people, especially in an academic/research environment.

• Ability to operate a forklift.


A background check is required.

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Hiring Salary Range
$29.22 /hour
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TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri