Website Smithsonian Institution
The purpose of this position is to provide oversight and coordination to the labs at Cambridge Discovery Park (CDP), to supervise machining and technician work and to provide expert mechanical technician fabrication support for the development of space and ground-based astrophysics instrumentation. The position is located in Cambridge, MA.
- Oversees all aspects of in-house mechanical fabrication for CE projects. Analyzes projects’ requirements, prepares machining/fabrication estimates and assigns appropriately skilled technicians to perform the work.
- Provides estimates of instrument machining/fabrication budgets for PI’s and senior engineers for inclusion in proposals to NASA and other external funding agencies.
- Assembles, aligns, tests, and calibrates mechanical sub-assemblies, assemblies, completed instruments and related laboratory support equipment to ensure conformance with the performance requirements of advanced scientific investigations.
- Manages a technical lab, including laying out lab space and managing lab resources.
- Estimates materials and labor requirements for all in-house machining work and ensures that procurements are made in a timely fashion such that project schedules are met.
- Makes recommendations for the use of external vendors when in-house resources are insufficient to satisfy project needs. Procures all required shop tooling.
- Works with scientists and engineers to fabricate highly specialized mechanical parts and assemblies for state-of-the-art scientific instruments.
- Recommends design approaches and materials selection and works cooperatively with the cognizant design engineer to achieve a final product that best satisfies the technical, cost and schedule requirements of the projects.
- Skill in technical lab management operations especially in the efficient use of lab space.
- Ability to direct and organize work for technicians and machinists.
- Knowledge of engineering technician methods, procedures, and practices such as mechanical design and fabrication, integration, testing and assembling of state of the art scientific instruments.
- Ability to perform complex mechanical assembly tasks and handle delicate, fragile and expensive components without damage.
- Knowledge of basic Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools such as Solidworks.
- Knowledge of specialized machining Computer Numerical Control (CNC) software such as Mastercam.
Company: Smithsonian Institution
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Springfield, MA, US
Application Deadline: N/A