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. The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is a national center for advanced science and engineering research and development and education. APL-UW was formed in 1943 for the U.S. Navy to bring university research resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. APL-UW has developed an international reputation for its broad based programs in science, engineering and for designing, building, and deploying the advanced technology required to meet the research needs of numerous government and commercial sponsors. With modern facilities, equipment and over 350 talented researchers and staff, APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities. The Machine Shop within the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) serves as a resource to scientists and engineers at APL and the University of Washington by providing the know-how to fabricate both one-of-a-kind and production instruments for use in extreme environments around the globe--from the Arctic to the depths of the oceans--and around the Universe from Mars to Europa. APL has an outstanding opportunity for a Machine Shop Manager. This recruitment is open to UW Office of Research employees only.The Machine Shop Manager is responsible for daily shop operations, overall supervision for its staff, and management of the shop's ~$900k annual budget.RESPONSIBILITIES:Manage daily APL Machine Shop operations:Overall responsibility for establishing and maintaining APL Machine Shop policies which are consistent with both compliance requirements and the APL research and development mission.Ensuring that all shop work environments--including 2nd Floor Machine Shop, Student/3rd Floor Shop, and Carpenter shop--are safe and comply with all applicable Federal, State and University regulations and laws.Administering shop workload and management of all shop resources, which includes:-Consulting with customers in the early design or development stages of a project, which may include a discussion of various materials, processes, and methods.-Assessing each customer' s (e.g., APL scientist or engineer) shop work request/job, to include consulting regarding fabrication, materials specification, equipment selection, and any custom work necessary, such as carpentry.-Estimating the level of effort to complete each job.-Assigning job to person(s) whose abilities and experience best fit the job.-Prioritizing and scheduling jobs.-Ensuring that jobs are completed on time and to specification.-Providing and maintaining accurate and effective shop work records for review by accounting and APL departments.Specifying and ordering materials needed for all jobs and standard items stocked in the shop.Outsourcing jobs that exceed shop capabilities (e.g., anodizing, water-jetting, 3D printing) and working with external shops/vendors in consultation with customer to meet job specifications.Ensuring that the proper software, computing, tooling, equipment and materials are on hand for each job.Ensuring that all machines and tools are regularly maintained and repaired.Keeping equipment downtime to a minimum in order to meet work schedules.Organizing a common filing system for machine tool programs and training all personnel on the filing procedures.Providing on-call support of project fieldwork, which may require the expeditious fabrication or sourcing/procurement, and shipping of needed equipment to remote locations. Supervise - 8 full-time Machine Shop staff:Managing the hiring process (interview, selection) for new employees in consultation with Department Head.Ensuring that all new employees are fully trained and oriented.Conducting and documenting annual employee performance evaluations.Providing ongoing training and re-training opportunities.Documenting and maintaining all employee training requirements.Providing and documenting corrective or disciplinary actions as needed. Manage shop recharge center budget (approx $900K):Review draft recommended annual budget projection and shop hourly rate proposal from Ocean Engineering Administrator.Assisting OE Administrator in preparation of large capital equipment requests.Acquiring approved equipment and tools within annual budget allocation. Perform other duties:Assist in machining during peak workload times.Managing the APL hoist safety and maintenance program, which includes a monthly safety check of all laboratory hoists.Staying knowledgeable about latest equipment, software, tooling and manufacturing methods.Working with other instrument shops on UW campus (e.g., Physics), which may include sending/sharing and/or receiving jobs and/or personnel. Supervisory Responsibilities:Full supervisory authority for eight Machine Shop staff (8.0 FTE)REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical) or related field. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirementAt least 6 years of machine shop experience requiredWork experience must include:Supervisory experience, which included hiring, training, evaluating, and disciplinary responsibilitiesExperience managing overall operations of a machine shop, including consulting, estimating, scheduling, staff, materials, equipment, and qualityExperience managing a shop budgetA machine shop which supports research and development, or produces one-off or one-of-a-kind objectsNumerically and manually controlled machinesA wide range of materials (e.g., metals, plastics)Experience as an Instrument Maker and a CarpenterExperience with shop scheduling/productivity software (e.g., Job Boss)In addition:Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical staff, whether spoken or writtenDemonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Excel, Word, Outlook)Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:Experience estimating and scheduling in an R&D machine shop environmentExperience with military specifications in shop environmentExperience with oceanographic instrumentsCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.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.
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