Scientific Instrument Maker - IV Lab
Intellectual Ventures Management - Bellevue, WA

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The Scientific Instrument Manufacturing and Testing Group (SIMT) creates and enables innovative development in technology, engineering, manufacturing, and science. The SIMT group provides expertise in the areas of machine design, prototype manufacturing, embedded real-time software, electro-optics systems, sensor data acquisition, and test support.

A broad range of technologies is supported in the SIMT Instrument/Machine Shop including machining, welding, electronics, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and assembly. SIMT testing services include mechanical modeling and design using SolidWorks and CamWorks created machine tool paths. These technologies support our fully equipped Instrument/Machine Shop, which houses a broad range of high quality equipment including 3 and 5 axis mills, EDM wire, EDM drill, and EDM die sinker, CNC lathes, CNC waterjet, 3D printers, and press break.

Responsibilities:
  • Independently construct precision prototype instruments, devices, parts, models, jigs, fixtures, dies and device assemblies from raw stock and purchased materials
  • Design and model instruments, parts, devices, tooling, jigs, fixtures, and assemblies for, and in support of, engineers, customers and potential other manufacturers
  • Assemble, test, and evaluate devices both procured and manufactured as required to assure function and appearance to the customer’s final requirements
  • Interface with and work independently of engineering on the designs and design feasibility of machined, molded, and cast parts and assemblies
  • Use knowledge of materials to help select and advise customers and engineers of the right type of materials to be used
  • Design parts and tooling, and create devices to prove out designs using CAD system
  • Generate drawings to be used in manufacturing using CAD system
  • Work from CAD models, blueprints and sketches to manufacture parts and create assemblies
  • Create machine code in order to create individual parts on a wide variety of CNC machine tools: 2,3,4 and 5 axis CNC Mills, Wire EDM, Drill and Die Sinker, CNC Lathes and Waterjet using CAM system
  • Independently set up all manual and CNC machine tools and make adjustments as required to produce required parts per drawing and CAD models
  • Work to meet customer and department production schedules and objectives
  • Maintain accurate attendance and job time keeping per department rules and time keeping system
  • Maintain good housekeeping and safety practices per lab standards and rules
  • Perform all other duties as assigned, i.e. instructing interns and lab employees in basic shop safety and operation of basic tools, assisting lab personnel with their projects

Key Qualifications and Required Skills:
  • Typically requires a minimum of 15 years of related experience
  • Use Solidworks/CAMWorks in design and programming work
  • Perform programming, set-up, and operation of CNC EDM machines, CNC machining centers, and CNC lathes
  • Perform welding of lead-free TIG/MlG, arc and gas welding, soldering, brazing, sintering, and other bonding techniques
  • Be responsible for materials selection, forming limitations, joining and sealing methods, finish, and planning timely completion of work
  • Make special jigs, fixtures, and devices for holding materials for machining and assembly
  • Work under general direction of the department and be responsible for individual quality control and timely completion of assigned projects. At times you will be assigned help to complete your assigned projects and it will be your responsibility to make sure the help is utilized properly
  • Maintain accurate attendance and job time keeping per department rules and time keeping system
  • Maintain good housekeeping and safety practices per lab standards and rules
  • Perform all other duties as assigned, i.e. instructing interns and lab employees in basic shop safety and operation of basic tools, assisting lab personnel with their projects
  • Consistently works on complex assignments requiring independent action and a high degree of initiative to resolve issues
  • Makes recommendations for new procedures
  • Determines methods and procedures on new assignments
  • May be informal team leader

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