Fabrication Specialist

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a (Term) Fabrication Specialist for a term of one year.

Job Summary: The Advanced Mechanical Manufacturing Facility is seeking a motivated individual with a high degree of mechanical aptitude to receive on-the-job-training in this role in order to advance as a precision sheet metal fabricator. Utilizing and building on manual skills, the applicant will learn fabrication techniques utilizing CNC lasers, CNC press brakes, shears, and, rollers including calculating flat patterns, programming and hardware insertion with goal of independently performing end to end fabrication of sheet metal components in accordance with engineering drawings or sketches.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

The successful candidate in this position will apply strong fundamental skills and knowledge while demonstrating an ability to rapidly learn and perform the following tasks independently:

1. Programming, setup, and operation of the CNC Laser cutting machine, CNC Water Jet, CNC Press Brakes and other precision Sheet Metal machinery for end-to-end fabrication of prototype hardware with appropriate supervision oversight. (70%)

2. Install various types of hardware as required to complete the responsible hardware assembly. (10%)

3. Review work packages for producibility issues. Communicate with internal customers and shop leadership as required to ensure work is completed on-time/on-budget and achieves desired technical specifications. (10%)

4. Perform in-process inspection and verification to assure hardware meets customer requirements using precision measuring instruments (e.g.; calipers, etc.). (5%)

5. Monitor and record duration and completion of work performed in accordance with standard work processes. Maintain currency and proficiency with all applicable standards and quality processes associated with assigned work. (5%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year experience in a manufacturing environment or equivalent skills and knowledge normally associated with completion of a relevant certified educational program or formal on-the-job training program.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Basic understanding of methods to fabricate or form metal objects.
  • Fundamental ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and sketches
  • Basic Shop math skills.
  • Computer experience including familiarity with Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to learn and operate various pieces of sheet metal fabrication equipment.
  • Positive interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team-oriented atmosphere.
  • Superb verbal communications for interfacing with customers during the fabrication process and with shop management.
  • Strong focus on safety procedures and safe workplace practices

Desired Qualifications:

Experience using programmable equipment such as CNC press brakes or laser cutters with the ability to develop flat pattern layouts using CAM tools. Ability to read and interpret Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing per ANSI Y-14.5.

Special Working Conditions: Type special working conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours) here.

Security: Eligibility for a Secret level clearance is required. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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