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Performs machine shop work of the journeyman level in the fabrication, maintenance, and repair of metal components and equipment. Handles the installation, repair and maintenance of pumps (vacuum, air, water, etc.) and other miscellaneous machinery.

This individual is responsible for completing assignments in the construction, assembly, maintenance, and repair of a wide variety of metal parts, tools, models, and equipment that require a high degree of accuracy and precision. Work may involve limited design responsibilities. Although work falls principally in the machinist's trade, the employee is expected to employ some skills of the electric, plumbing, and welding trades. Job requirements, on occasion require work beyond normal duty hours resulting from emergency or high priority work.


Manufactures a wide variety of metal components through the operation of lathes, shapers, milling machines, drill presses, and similar equipment, gauging work carefully by using precision tools, fabricated mechanical devices, and units.

Operates carpentry and welding equipment and uses hand tools in the fabrication of mechanical devices; maintains and repairs mechanical equipment and prototypes; operates soldering equipment; installs machine shop equipment.

Makes jigs and fixtures.

Repairs and maintains machine shop equipment; repairs precision instruments; gear boxes, air compressors, and pumps.

Replaces shafts, bearings, bushings, belts, shear-pins, pulleys, and gears.

Designs, manufactures, and repairs certain scientific research equipment.

Perform associated electrical work and/or plumbing work required for maintenance and repair of pumps and other equipment.

Performs other work as required in support of general maintenance activity.


High school diploma or GED; 4 years of experience in the trade which may include an apprenticeship and/or applicable vocational training and should include some experience as a journeyman machinist; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


Considerable knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, methods, and standard practices of the machinist's trade.

Considerable knowledge of the maintenance and repair of machine shop tools and equipment.

Considerable knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Some knowledge of the carpentry, plumbing, and welding trades.

Ability to work from plans, blueprints, sketches, models, and oral or written instructions, and to exercise judgment in determining techniques and methods.

Skill in the use and care of tools, machinery, and equipment of the machinist's trade.



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