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CSM Machine Shop Manager

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: CSM - Dean's Office
Pay Grade: 33
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The primary responsibilities of the CSM Machine Shop Manager in the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) are to launch the CSM Machine Shop after its relocation and to ensure its uninterrupted and sustainable operations. The Machine Shop Manager is responsible for fulfilling the equipment-related needs of the CSM research and teaching enterprise with special consideration for other units of the University as appropriate. The CSM Machine Shop Manager works closely with CSM faculty, research-related staff, and graduate students to design, machine, and construct one-of-a-kind scientific instruments and mechanical devices. The Machine Shop Manager is also responsible for ensuring that the Machine Shop operates in compliance with all applicable standards, laws, and regulations.

The Machine Shop Manager will participate in establishing a comprehensive institutional model to enable the CSM to better serve the relevant educational, prototyping, and fabricating needs of CSM as well as the broader University community. The Machine Shop Manager is also expected to proactively assist the CSM faculty with effectively utilizing the CSM Machine Shop as a vehicle to teach and learn practical skills that are becoming increasingly important on the job market.  Additionally, the Machine Shop Manager will work closely with the CSM leadership to help identify and realize operational synergies and resource development opportunities among the Machine Shop, MakerSpace, Venture Development Center, and other relevant internal and external partners and collaborators. The position requires the ability to balance both technical and managerial skills.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Participate in CSM Strategic planning and implementation efforts.
  • Participate in relevant committees and working groups advancing CSM research and teaching agendas.
  • Assist CSM faculty with designing and implementing relevant educational and training programs to enhance the practical skills of the university’s faculty and undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Assist CSM faculty with designing and constructing the research and teaching equipment, instrumentation, and parts.
  • Develop and implement annual and multi-year CSM Machine Shop management plans and maintenance protocols.
  • Carry out all necessary operations of machining, welding, assembly, etc. to implement the final design.
  • Prepare technical drawings using computer-aided design software (CAD or equivalent) and manual tools if necessary.
  • Establish and maintain quality control procedures and other benchmarks for the facility.
  • Develop and keep up to date all relevant documentation including, but not limited to equipment manuals, standard operating procedures, EHS compliance, etc.
  • Prepare and submit fiscal year budget requests, develop and maintain the Machine Shop budget, submit annual budget utilization reports.
  • Initiate and complete all necessary procurement procedures; prepare purchase orders, work orders, progress reports, etc.
  • Keep thorough records of the current inventory of tools and supplies, completed work and work in progress, used materials, and conducted services.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with peers in the Greater Boston Area
  • Subcontract work to outside vendors as necessary.
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or closely related field with a minimum of seven years of experience as research, prototype or experimental machinist or machine shop manager; relevant Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of EHS policies and regulations.
  • In-depth understanding of machining tools, machine shop equipment, including state-of-the art computer-operated machines.
  • Experience with interacting with major suppliers and ability to negotiate cost-effective equipment maintenance and service contracts.
  • Substantial experience in machining operations, fabrication, including CNC lathes, milling machines, drills, saws, grinders, hand tools, soldering, brazing, welding, and precision measurement.
  • Familiarity with 3D printing equipment, including 3D metal printing.
  • Extensive experience with various materials:  metals, plastics, woods, exotic materials, etc.
  • Strong working knowledge of electricity and electrical systems, plumbing, carpentry, mechanics, vacuum technology, electro-mechanical devices, cryogenics, and common laboratory methods.
  • Fluency in utilizing CAD or equivalent software.
  • Strong capacity to work from blueprints, rough sketches, and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to effectively manage machining and fabrication operations and maintain complete inventory of material, tools and equipment.
  • Familiarity with activity-based budgeting, business and strategic planning, quality management.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with faculty, staff, students as well as with peer institutions.
  • Must be able to lift moderate weights (~50 pounds) on occasion
  • No travel is required for this position

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

Grade: 33              

Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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