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Temporary Staffing Services is posting and screening candidates on behalf of the hiring University unit. 

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. Note: include the cover letter as the first page of your resume. Please describe how your skills and experience directly relate to the specific duties and qualifications for this position.


Job Summary

This position will assist in both the Machine & Welding Shop and the Electronic Shop located in this research department on central campus. The department's machine and welding shop are available for the construction and fabrication of models, instrumentation, specialized experimental and testing equipment, and prototyping. The machine shop has a bridge port mill and a lathe with tooling to do most jobs as well as a laydown saw for cutting of small to large metals. Welding capabilities include all types of materials and material thicknesses including gas tungsten arc (TIG), shielded metal arc (Stick) and metal inert gas (MIG) welding.

The MIG welder is a small 110/220v convertible unit that is used with material up to 3/8’” thick. It is very portable and used on equipment that cannot be brought to the welding shop. The stick welder is good for all thickness of material and is used primarily for thick steel. The TIG welder is used for stainless steel and aluminum. A small plasma cutter for up to 1/4” steel, stainless steel, and aluminum is also available. We also have added a 3 axis knee mill to this area. It is Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and can machine all types of metals, aluminum steel, stainless steel, etc.

The Electronics Shop is a full-featured design and testing laboratory tasked with acquiring, characterizing, and maintaining sensors required to perform experiments at the MHL. The Electronics Shop stocks a range of load cells, programmable ultrasonic distance sensors, pressure sensors, accelerometers, inclinometers, LVDTs, and more. The Shop has general use power supplies and “True RMS” NIST-traceable multimeters as well as a top-of-the-line high-frequency power meter for DC and AC motor characterization. They use National Instruments equipment for data acquisition, with lock-in amplifiers available to capture very small signals, and we employ a standardized connector system with the TEDS interface (basically, an electronic instrument tag) in order to streamline the setup, calibration, and documentation processes. They also supply accessories such as underwater lights and high-speed and/or underwater video cameras.


Department is looking for a machinist with experience running a mill, lathe, CNC machine, and welder.  The person in this role will step in to assist teams of Engineers in the research lab as needed with fabrication, modification, etc. of equipment and instruments. Assistance is also needed in machining parts for running various tests in the water towing tank.

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience operating a mill, lathe, CNC machine, welder (TIG, MIG, and stick), and other applicable equipment with a thorough knowledge of applicable components/equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience and competency in problem-solving, analysis, decision-making, learning, following written/verbal instruction, and teamwork.
  • Proficiency in machining/fabrication and proficiency with hand tools and power tools.
  • Must be able to move and transport equipment up to 30 lbs. within the work area. May require bending, stooping, and moving about and/or remaining stationary for long periods of time. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Reliable and communicative.
  • Demonstrated experience following and monitoring safety protocols.
  • Must maintain a clean work area and equipment. 

Work Schedule

Position is part-time (24-32 hours/week) with flexible hours Monday - Friday between 7:30am-4:30pm. Position starts ASAP and is expected to last approximately three months. 

Additional Information

The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

This temporary job opening will be posted for a minimum of two calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.


Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.