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Space Instrumentation Precision Machinist (8651C), Space Sciences Laboratory - 57962
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 21, 2024
Title Space Instrumentation Precision Machinist (8651C), Space Sciences Laboratory - 57962
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Space Instrumentation Precision Machinist (8651C), Space Sciences Laboratory - 57962

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Departmental Overview

The Space Sciences Laboratory is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California at Berkeley. Its function is to build equipment and conduct research in all aspects of space science, including ground based equipment, earth orbit and interplanetary probes and instruments. The mechanical shop exists to assist in all aspects of this equipment prototyping, design and production using a variety of common and exotic materials. Principal Laboratory Mechanicians perform the most demanding of this work.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 31, 2023


  • Advanced knowledge of mechanical fabrication using all types of machine tools, plus cold and hot forming processes. Fabrication of thin-walled, lightweight parts.
  • Skilled machinist, using precision metal working machine tools including milling machines, lathes, presses, breaks and shears to very high tolerances. CNC experience a plus, but not required.
  • Experience in machining of exotic materials: carbon fiber, titanium, etc.
  • Interact with clients to understand job requirements.
  • Analyze jobs for ease of manufacture, problems, and materials
  • Design and build tools, jigs, dies and fixtures needed for fabrication of complex and/or thin-walled parts.
  • Sheet metal fabrication of covers and precision electrical leads.
  • Weld parts, as required, to produce leak tight, high vacuum feedthroughs and fittings for flight hardware or test chambers using various methods or techniques, as required.
  • Fit and assemble parts into finished products, finish machine assemblies and test, as required.
  • Maintain machine tools

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to interact with scientists, researchers, engineers, and students using rough sketches and concepts or finished blueprints to understand client's needs. Independently review work for feasibility and initiate corrective action as required.
  • Ability to read and interpret correctly engineering drawings or blueprints to ANSI standards.
  • Ability to use precision machine and hand tools to make parts to close tolerances; tools include mills, lathes, saws, presses, brakes and shears.
  • Tool making experience for unique applications and specifically for thin, lightweight components.
  • CNC machining preferred, but not required.
  • Proficiency in high-vacuum soldering and welding. Hard and soft soldering.
  • Ability to assemble complex equipment. Knowledge of machining exotic materials.

Education / Training Requirements

  • Graduation from High School and ten years of experience in multi-disciplinary fabrication or job shop, instrument making and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to set up and run complex parts on CNC mills and lathes.
  • Ability to use CAD/CAM system such as SolidWorks and GibbsCam.

Preferred Education / Training Requirements

  • Completion of an approved apprenticeship or community college program in Machine Tool Technology.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $52.18-$55.84.

  • This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, and eligible for full UC benefits.
  • The annual salary is commensurate with experience within the budgeted range.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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