Instrumentation Specialist Senior - Eberly College of Arts & Sciences 14957
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Instrumentation Specialist Senior. The position will assist in the shop's primary mission of designing, constructing, assembling and operating scientific instrumentation and apparatus used in the college's research and instructional laboratories.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Fabricate precision components, both small and large scale from a variety of raw materials using horizontal and vertical milling machines (computer numerically controlled), lathes, drill presses, precision saws, etc.
Modify and assemble existing precision components to form operational scientific instruments and systems. Requires an understanding of the basic physical properties of a large variety of advanced materials including their mechanical strength, thermal and electrical characteristics.
Shear, bend, roll and form various types of sheet metal. Cut, notch, bend and form angle iron.
Machine components to extremely close tolerances and use a computer to create files for the computer numerically controlled mill.
Dispose of chemicals according to EHS regulations.
Produce, modify and archive technical drawings associated with shop projects. Nearly all jobs are one-of-a-kind and considerable machining skill is needed to interpret customer drawings and fabrication needs. Advise in design of scientific apparatus for use by students and faculty.
Use Heliarc (TIG) welding of stainless steel, copper, aluminum, as well as various types of exotic steels, and other metals and alloys. Use gas welding (acetylene-oxygen), electric welding (stick), GMAW MIG welding, spot welding (machine), soldering, sand blasting, and plasma arc cutting.
Provide training and instruction to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate students, and graduate students in the proper use of mills, lathes, drill presses, band saws and other shop tools. Responsible for training, assigning duties, reviewing work, and evaluating performance of hourly and work student students.
Maintain shop equipment in working order for advanced service. Maintain and clean shop equipment and work areas. Provide repair service and maintenance on scientific instruments and apparatus located in research laboratories and classrooms.
Purchase new shop tools and machines. Assure supplies are stocked and common repair parts are available.
Ensure shop equipment is properly used, serviced and repaired. Keep self and others working in the shop aware of new materials, machines, tools and techniques as they become available.
Adhere to the shop specific chemical hygiene plan, procedures and training.
Assist in the inventory of chemicals, disposal, distribution and waste collection.
Assist in the purchasing of new equipment, tools, parts and supplies.
Assist in the purchase, control, movement and dispensing of gasses and cryogenic fluids.
Operate and repair basic vacuum systems.
Oversee design of a large array of scientific instrumentation for scientific research and instructional purposes. Design requests from faculty, postdoctoral research assistants, and graduate students are conveyed to the incumbent in a very rudimentary manner (oral instructions or sketches). The incumbent must recommend materials, provide faculty with design options to suit the described function, prepare project budgets based on design options, and provide drawings and specifications. Requires work in CAD/CAM programs.
Advise the faculty on the construction, operation, repair and purchase of various instruments and supplies.
Fabricate large and small scale components and finished products, such as, equipment support structures, mounting devices, specialty furniture, presentation quality display cases, etc. from a variety of raw materials using band saws, joiners, wood lathes, radial arm saws, table saws, routers, etc., using verbal and written requests (from often not to scale drawings or from descriptions of function).
Modify and assemble of existing equipment to supplement or enhance the operation of scientific instruments and systems, requiring the basic physical properties and characteristics of a large variety of materials such as woods, synthetic materials, laminates and Plexiglas.
Repair handles, hasps, drawers, door, etc. in research and teaching laboratories.
Apply sealants and finishes to completed products, often requiring match to existing stain or use in highly public and high visibility areas (such as displays and awards).
Interpret customer drawings, description, intended use, etc. to determine fabrication needs and produce desired designs and results. All jobs are unique and considerable precision in carpentry detail is required.
Run gas lines in labs and general gas cylinder setup.
Perform other duties as assigned. This includes assisting in delivery of items and moving items after delivery, on occasion, under limited circumstances.
Pay Grade: 17
Associate's degree in related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification in welding, design, mechanical systems, or machining preferred.
Two (2) years of experience in a combination of several of the following:
Instrumentation and apparatus design
Mechanical systems and maintenance
Two (2) years of experience in plumbing, electrical and sheet metal working is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to safely perform a variety of precision tasks using milling machines, lathes, welding equipment, saws, grinders, hand tools, welding (steel and aluminum) etc. and be familiar with the operation of a plasma torch.
Demonstrated ability to make precision measurements using instruments such as micrometers, Vernier calipers and scales and program and operate Computer Numerical Control Mill as well as older model precision machines.
Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical calculations when designing individual jobs.
Knowledge of and ability to learn to interpret technical drawings.
Knowledge of and ability to operate a desktop computer and use computer aided design (CAD/CAM) software.
Demonstrated ability to operate and repair basic vacuum systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of the physical properties of a wide variety of metals, plastics, wood, etc. and must be able to machine them safely.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
Ability to set priorities and multitask and work independently.
Demonstrated knowledge of super-conducting magnets and the materials to use and not use for safety of personnel and magnets.
Must be able to lift, push, or pull 50 pounds.
Must be able to operate machines, lathes, welding equipment, saws, grinders, and hand tools.
Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Jun 18, 2020
Posting Classification: Classified
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 205843
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