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Sheet Metal Technician (Instrument Maker II)

at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Posted: 12/13/2018
Job Reference #: 218443
Keywords: repair

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Job Title: Sheet Metal Technician (Instrument Maker II)

Location: Boulder, CO

Type: Full-time, Non-Exempt


No relocation package is offered for this position.

Work Authorization:

  • U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.
  • UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Who We Are:

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Scientific programs from all over the world rely on NCAR/EOL's Design and Fabrication Services (DFS) Facility to create innovative engineering solutions and highest quality machining and repair services of new and existing highly-specialized instrumentation used on every imaginable platform. DFS provides an unmatched set of skills and capabilities uniquely tailored to meet the development needs and requirements of the atmospheric research community. Through closely interacting with scientists and other engineers across our community, DFS utilizes the latest in solid modeling and computer aided design software to achieve innovative solutions to complex and challenging instrumentation requirements. Examples of products DFS has created are aircraft instrumentation, heavy parts for radar pedestals, laboratory equipment, light-weight precise optical mountings for aircraft or satellite instruments, and ocean-going systems.

For more information on EOL please see the Join Our Team page.

What You Will Do:

  • Provides technical support for scientists, engineers and technicians in the design, processing, sheet metal fabrication, machining and repair of precision instruments and components in a research environment with minimal supervision.
  • Understands and utilizes formal engineering drawings, solid models, sketches, written specifications, and verbal instructions to complete fabrication assignments.


  • Utilizes manual rolls, brakes, punches, shears, and other sheet metal fabrication equipment required to manufacture and assemble precision sheet metal components and large assemblies for ground based and airborne instruments.
  • Utilizes precision measuring equipment to inspect accuracy of work. Ability to assemble, test, modify, install, and repair instruments as required.
  • Generates 2D geometry, i.e. circular, elliptical and multi-sided shapes, hole patterns and points, utilizing PC based CAM software. Utilizes geometry to program 2-axis CNC milling machines to fabricate flat patterns and shapes.
  • Performs set-ups for sheet metal fabrication. Understands setbacks (K-values) and bend allowances in sheet metal manufacturing.
  • Performs set-ups and operates manual and 2-axis CNC milling machines in the process of fabricating precision instrument components.
  • Performs set-ups and welds components to customer’s specifications using MIG and TIG welding equipment. Common materials are aluminum, stainless steel, and steel.
  • Utilizes air-less paint gun and breathing respirator to apply primer and paint to sheet metal and machined components, assemblies, and instruments.
  • Consults with the Shop Supervisor to understand project requirements and to develop processing techniques for the most efficient method of sheet metal fabrication and/or machining. Reports as to project status and difficulties encountered.
  • Recommends new and replacement sheet metal tooling purchases to ensure maximum efficiency and maintains an adequate supply of such tooling.
  • Performs all duties and responsibilities in compliance with all applicable OSHA and UCAR safety regulations.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Completion of a relevant machine trade vocational program and at least six (6) years of relevant, high precision sheet metal trade experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced level skills in sheet metal fabrication.
  • Experience setting solid rivets using rivet setting equipment and air operated hand tools.
  • Demonstrated skills in mechanical instrument making, machine operation and selection for various fabrication requirements.
  • Knowledge of materials, their properties, bendability, machinability, and appropriate use for various fabrication requirements.
  • Ability to work from formal engineering drawings, solid models, informal sketches, and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to setup and run machining equipment.
  • Ability to setup and operate MIG and TIG welding equipment.
  • Ability to prepare and apply primer and paint to sheet metal components, assemblies, and machined parts.
  • Experience with CAM software.
  • Ability to contribute ideas on a design level.
  • Skills in collaborating with engineers and a wide variety of technical people.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of OSHA regulations and general workplace safety rules.

Applicant Notes:

  • This position requires a willingness to work in remote locations on occasion. Typically for not more than one day.

What’s In It for You:

  • Compensation
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Retirement Plan
  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Position Type