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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

As a member of the Department of Psychology’s Research Technical Services Team, (the in-house service that provides support for the planning, implementation, and running of Psychology research projects for the University of Michigan), the Instrument Maker performs moderately complex work in the fabrication, maintenance, calibration and repair of scientific, mechanical and electronic devices used in experimental activities; participates in the design and construction of prototype equipment using various materials including wood, composites, plastics and a variety of metals; sets up and operates laboratory apparatus electronic equipment and instrumentation systems; tests, repairs and modifies electronic components and equipment; assists in the resolution of routine design and operational problems; provides facility-related support including, but not limited to, minor alterations and repairs in East Hall; designs and modifies simple electronic circuits.

The target salary range for this position is $60,000-$75,000. The actual salary offered may be higher based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.


  • Reviews specifications, drawings and sketches, and creates special tools or fittings to build instruments, accessories, etc.  Consults with faculty and students regarding the specifications for the accessories or instruments. 
  • Plans, lays out and builds experimental subassemblies and prototype instruments and accessories requiring a high degree of accuracy.  Works in a wide variety of materials including but not limited to: electronic components, metal (brass, aluminum, stainless steel, etc.), plastic (Delrin, Nylon, Plexiglas, Polycarbonate, etc.).  May adapt procedures, techniques, tools, materials and/or equipment to meet special needs. 
  • Provides repair or modification to existing instrumentation or equipment to meet faculty and student needs in the lab. 
  • Duties and tasks are frequently non-routine.  Resolves most questions and problems and refers only the most complex issues to higher levels.  Works under minimal supervision.

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Technical courses in mathematics, physics, electronics, mechanics or engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in the fabrication and repair of scientific, electronic or engineering equipment and test apparatus (or equivalent combination of experience)
  • Knowledge of the principles of electronics and engineering; knowledge of electrical assembly practices and basic electronics including fundamentals of electricity, concepts of power, voltage, current and resistance
  • Ability to read, interpret and create design diagrams and specifications
  • Proven reliable work record
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of the methods and materials used in the repair, maintenance and fabrication of mechanical and electro-mechanical devices
  • Awareness of common programming and data collection principals
  • Some knowledge of computer networks, and the operation of workstations/personal computers
  • Ability to operate hand power tools
  • Knowledge of construction materials
  • 3-5 years of experience in area of specialization; applies advanced skills in area of specialization

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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