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University of Washington INSTRUMENT MAKER 2 in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 186312

Department: PHYSICS

Posting Date: 01/13/2021

Closing Info:

Open Until Filled

Salary: $5,129 - $5,799 per month

Shift: First Shift


As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

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“Onsite work” in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

GENERAL DUTIES/DESCRIPTION: The Instrument Maker 2 works with clients (engineers, students, technicians, and faculty) in the design and manufacturing of equipment, apparatus and instruments, working from prints, sketches, diagrams, written and oral instructions. It is anticipated that you will also suggest design changes when alternate configurations appear appropriate. You must be able to work well in a team environment; interpersonal people skills are a must.


  • Use Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing Software in design and manufacturing work.

  • Programming, setting-up, and operating CNC Wire and Die Sinker EDM machines, CNC Vertical Machining Centers, and a CNC Hardinge lathe with live tooling.

  • Materials selection, forming limitations, joining and sealing methods, finish, and planning timely completion of work.

  • Making special jigs, fixtures, and devices for holding materials for machining.

  • Precision machining to close tolerances typically within .0005 inch on conventional lathes, milling machines, grinders, hone, etc.

  • Frequently working alone with only general supervision.

  • Hand fitting and bench assembly of pieces machined to close tolerance including use of precision optical viewing and measuring equipment.

  • Working with a variety of materials; several grades of aluminum, steel, brass, copper, heavy metals, (titanium, invar, inconel, tungsten, etc.), exotic materials, ceramics, plastics, honeycomb, and laminates. Perform heat treating, tempering and various curing methods.

  • Welding, TIG/MIG, arc and gas welding, soldering, brazing, and other bonding techniques. Repairing, rebuilding and maintaining all shop equipment.


  • Two years of experience as an Instrument Maker 1 OR equivalent education/experience.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Journey standing as a toolmaker, model builder or Journeyman machinist; OR completion of apprenticeship training as a machinist and two years of related experience; OR four years of equivalent full-time experience.

  • Precision manual machining to 0.0005in

  • Two years of related CNC machine experience (CNC machining centers, CNC lathe, CNC wire EDM) TIG, MIG, ARC Welding and silver brazing experience.

  • Experience with Fanuc controls. CAD/CAM Solidworks experience.

Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.