Machinist, Shop Technical Specialist II-III (4621)
Company: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Posted on: August 6, 2022
National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryPosition Description:
Position SummaryThe National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is
committed to maintaining the worlds most accomplished observatories
while developing new technology to enable further research in radio
astronomy. NRAO is recruiting Machinists/Shop Technical Specialists
to support the Machine Shop. Under direct supervision, the Shop
Technical Specialist performs setup and operation of manual and CNC
machine tools and/or welding equipment including part fixturing and
setup.Generally works from prints and detailed sketches.Performs
routing maintenance incidental to operation of machines and
equipment. The position is based at the VLA, 50 miles west of
Socorro, New Mexico. In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides
excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave).
Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of
employment. NRAOs retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to
10 percent of a qualified participants base pay. No contribution is
required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental,
tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.Job Duties
SummaryResponsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Sets up, adjusts and operates a variety of precision tool room
equipment including but not limited to mill, lathe and CNC
- Interprets blueprints, sketches and drawings.
- Produces parts from a variety of raw materials.
- Must be able to meet specified tolerances.
- Understands and uses a variety of precision measuring
- Produces all types of surface finishes, as directed.
- Uses a variety of chemicals including solvents and dyes.
- Works closely with other department members, Technicians and
Engineers, as directed.
- Documents changes necessitated during fabrication.
- Teach and lead other Shop Technicians/Trainees.
- Works within and meets established deadlines.
- Uses CAD/CAM software and performs CNC programming as
- Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies
and procedures in own work area is expected.
- Other duties as assigned.Work EnvironmentWhile performing the
duties of this job, the employee works primarily indoors in a shop,
but maybe required to do occasional work outside in the field. The
employee may be required to work in high places, near moving
mechanical parts and electrical equipment. Work is performed at a
high altitude (7000 ft.) environment. Must be able to work in a
high noise area with PPEs.Position Requirements: Minimum
EducationHigh school diploma or GEDMinimum ExperienceFive or more
years of related technical experience.Competency SummaryStrong
verbal communication skills are necessary for effective
consultations with coworkers and the ability to participate
effectively as a member of a team. Must be able to use the NRAO
online time reporting and requisition system. Ability to read and
interpret documents such as schematics, blueprints, operating and
maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.Physical
DemandsWork typically takes place in a machine shop or other
specialized shop, employees may be occasionally required to work
elsewhere. Required to stand and sit; use hands to handle or feel
objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands or arms.
Regularly works near moving mechanical parts. Occasionally is
required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch. Able to
work with a variety of chemicals. Must occasionally lift and/or
move up to 50 pounds. Must be able to communicate clearly and in
writing. Specific vision requirements include close vision,
distance vision, color and depth perception, and the ability to
adjust focus.Additional RequirementMust have received or be willing
to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 1, 2021 to be
considered for U.S.-based vacancies.Safety SensitiveThe selected
candidate must successfully pass a post-offer,
pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen. Failure to pass the
Screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration
for a period of six months from the date of the results.Application
Instructions: Click the Apply button below. You will need to be
prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of
application describing interest and suitability for the
position.Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:AUI is an equal
opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans,
Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are
encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit .
If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the
application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit
your request by sending an email to .PM20PI187622560
Keywords: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Albuquerque , Machinist, Shop Technical Specialist II-III (4621), IT / Software / Systems , Socorro, New Mexico
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