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East Tennessee State University

Machinist Laboratory Technician

Title Code: 6160 

Occ. Group: 415.061 

Machinist Laboratory Technician

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in setting up and operating and/or supervising others setting up and operating machine tools and performing related work as required. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Works with students in planning senior projects or school projects and makes or fabricates materials to a finished project.

Supervises, teaches, and serves as a resource person for students in shop classes by helping and aiding them in selection of materials and machines to use.

Sets up and operates and/or supervises others setting up and operating lathe, milling machine, shaper, or grinder to machine parts to specifications and verifies conformance of part to specifications.

Verifies dimensions and alignment with measuring instruments such as micrometers, height gauges, and gauge blocks.

Performs general machine shop work and building projects for the institution.

Maintains shop, labs, and parts of building for instructional purposes.

Assists in program development.

Performs other work as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of instructional methods, materials, and programs.

Knowledge of mechanics as related to machine shop work.

Knowledge of machine shop mathematics.

Knowledge of metal properties.

Knowledge of lay-out machining procedures.

Ability to study specifications such as blueprint, sketch, or description of part to be made and plan sequence of operation.

Ability to measure, mark, and scribe dimensions in reference points to lay-out stock for machining.

Ability to make arithmetic calculations rapidly and accurately.

Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.

Ability to teach and instruct students in the use of a machine shop.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the students and other employees. 

Recommended Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. Completion of a two year course involving general machine shop procedures. Experience in general machine shop work. 

Date         Skill         Eval           
10/1/80        7     633023233

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.

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