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Instrument Shop Manager

Salary: $54,061 per year - estimated ?
Location: Athens, GA
Company: University of Georgia
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Position Information

Classification Title Skilled Craft Manager FLSA Exempt FTE 1.0 Minimum Qualifications

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications Position Summary

This is highly skilled supervisory and administrative work in the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of mechanical devices, research instruments, and related equipment. This position is responsible for the management and direction of a central mechanical instrument shop engaged in the design, construction, modification, maintenance, and repair of a variety of mechanical devices used for data processing, instructional, and research purposes. This position participates actively with university faculty and research personnel in the design of mechanical equipment and related scientific apparatus. Work is carried out independently, but under the general supervision of a faculty member. Work is reviewed by observation of results. This position will travel to different campus buildings to repair equipment and pick up materials as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

In-depth knowledge of machining and fabrication techniques.

Proficient in the use of CAD software.

Proficient in the use of SolidWorks software.

Knowledge of operation using Faro Arm and 3-D Printing Ability to read and design from various forms of documents such as scientific publications and/or hand written documents.

Physical Demands

Lifting over 50 lbs., walking, standing, squatting, bending, carrying, lifting, stooping, pushing, pulling, repetitive hand motions.

Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Operations Management:

  • Direct the daily operations of the Instrument Shop, including but not limited to, directing activities of personnel, performance management, time and attendance, annual reviews, and recruiting new employees.
  • Solicit services to customers and provide estimates of time and materials needed to repair, build, and modify instruments.
  • Fiscal oversight of Shop including identifying new ways to generate revenue while controlling expenses.

Percentage of time 15 Duties/Responsibilities

Designing and Engineering:

  • Meet with researchers to discuss and design custom specialty instrumentation and equipment, including but not limited to, vacuum chambers, radiation detection and GPR deployment vehicles, veterinary surgical equipment and 3D root phenotyping systems.
  • Research materials needed for compliance and integrity
  • Create design using Solid Works CAD and Gibbs Cam

Percentage of time 50 Duties/Responsibilities

Facility and Equipment Planning:

Acquire and implement appropriate technologies based on customer and shop needs, including but not limited to, research and procurement of software, equipment, and instrumentation designed to reduce cost by increasing efficiency.

Percentage of time 5 Duties/Responsibilities

Project Development and Management:

  • Develop estimates, quotes, and sales orders for each project following customer consultation
  • Assign and explain projects to Instrument Makers and Welders to ensure accuracy of the finished product.
  • Follow up with customer and instrument makers as needed to report and discuss status of project

Percentage of time 30

Contact Information

Recruitment Contact

Contact Details

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name Terri Barber Recruitment Contact Email Recruitment Contact Phone

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References with Contact Information

Optional Documents

Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact University HR (

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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