Instrument Maker A

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Physics Department
Full/Part Time:


Design special equipment for use by graduate students and faculty members use in research laboratories to tolerance of .0001 inch. Instruct graduate students and faculty members in the use of shop equipment. Plan, layout, set up, and perform a variety of machining operations using lathe, milling machine, CNC milling, band saw, jig borer, shaper, and drill press on standard and experimental materials to tolerance up to .0001 inch. Design, draw and interpret drawings, blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and verbal instructions in order to build, repair and maintain instruments and machine parts for research purposes. Plan and layout proper operational work sequence. Discuss, advise, and work closely with scientists and engineers in developing new, unusual or untried designs. Fit bearings, gears, and running parts to instrument precision up to .0001 inch. Build jigs and design special tools to do unusual jobs. Prepare estimates for labor and materials to construct or repair research equipment in absence of shop supervisor. Perform bench work such as filing and lapping in order to obtain precision required. Perform wood and sheet metal work for panel boards, instrument cabinets, adapters to special equipment, replacement parts, etc. Direct assigned shop personnel; disperse materials; direct general shop operation as assigned. Repair and maintain machine shop and student shop equipment as directed. Instruct graduate students in a Student Machine Shop seminar stressing safety machining techniques and equipment care. Order necessary equipment and tools. Detect errors or defects in drawings, operations or materials and report to scientist or engineer. Work in emergency situations in Physics Department and other College of Science departments to repair equipment damaged during power failures, accidents and breakdowns. Perform and execute welding using oxygen, acetylene, electric, TIG, MIG, and automatic welding machines; silver solder and soft solder instrument parts. Develop welding techniques for intricate and unusual designs. Attend clinics, schools, and/or trade shows as required. Sharpen and replace dulled tooling. Job Requirements: Requires the use of advanced shop mathematics, together with the use of complicated drawings, specifications, charts, tables, handbook formulas, all varieties of precision measuring instruments and for the use of broad training in a recognized trade or craft. Equivalent to a complete accredited, indentured apprenticeship or equivalent to high school plus a 2-year technical college education. Must have experience or formalized training in CNC machining equivalent to 12 weeks CAD-CAM programming school with G code. Over 5 years of effective experience. Shift: 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Days Off: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088