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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 259253-US
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Specialized Crafts

Job Summary:

This position is in the Department of Physics Instrument Shop and works on development, manufacture, assembly and testing of complex scientific instrumentation.

Responsibilities: Performs as a highly skilled machinist in the design, creation, and/or modification of unique, highly intricate, and precise scientific equipment, industrial equipment, and mechanical systems. Maintains and modifies standard laboratory and specialized research equipment or instrumentation to be used in laboratory and other research environments.
  • 70% Designs, develops, fabricates, tests, and maintains highly specialized instruments, components, and mechanical systems
  • 15% Assists with the selection of materials and components with respect to physical properties, cost, and established guidelines
  • 10% Maintains, repairs, and operates highly complex and/or specialized instrumentation, identifies damages and communicates repair or replacement needs to the appropriate entities
  • 5% Trains staff and stakeholders on processes and procedures
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Associate's Degree from an accredited machining program.

Combined substantive professional/practice experience and a degree at least one level above the level of instruction, or otherwise approved as qualified by the Dean
Journey level experience and/or Bachelor's Degree with substantial machining experience.


New machinists with associate's degree welcome to apply.
Good working knowledge of CNC machining, CNC programming, and general shop machinery.
Good working knowledge of CAD/CAM software and basic computer skills A thorough knowledge of general scientific laboratory procedures.
Good working knowledge of mechanical drawing techniques and ability to create standardized blueprints.
Effective oral and written communication skills.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Schedule:

7:00 am to 3:30 PM Monday-Friday
30 minute lunch break

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $21.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the qualifications listed above.


Doug Dummer
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Instrument Maker(FP044)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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