Date: Jul 11, 2018

Location: MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Fabrication Engineering Group provides fabrication engineering and materials management for both mechanical and electronic projects using state-of-the-art technology. The group is involved from the initial design and material sourcing through manufacturing, assembly, integration, and test, and works with program teams to influence schedule and budget. The group continually investigates innovative fabrication technologies to assess their utility for Laboratory efforts. Facilities include a machine shop with a wide range of computer-aided machine tools, plus sheet metal, polymer, and mechanical inspection facilities. Recent equipment investments in 5-axis milling, 3D printing, and diamond turning are now on line. In the electronics area, capabilities include circuit-board design, assembly, inspection, and failure analysis. The group also supports the Laboratory's environmental test requirements with vibration shakers, thermal chambers, vacuum chambers, and clean rooms.


An individual who demonstrates familiarity and a high degree of skill with all the commonly used machine tools. With minimum supervision sets up work and operate such machine tools, working to close tolerances from blueprints, specifications, verbal instructions or sketches. Will make such tools, jigs and fixtures as may be required. May direct and train machinists of a lower grade. Requires little or no supervision. 


A general understanding of conventional fabrication technologies and experience with the set-up and operation of computer numerical control (CNC) machines and lathes. A desire to develop advanced fabrication skills to support the fabrication of high-precision parts using equipment such as diamond turn (DT) machines and electronic discharge machining (EDM) machines, additive parts using equipment such as fused deposition machines (FDM) and selective laser melting machines (SLM). A good working knowledge of manufacturing and assembly techniques, CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software and 3D & 2D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, and ANSI and ASME drafting standards.Able to follow complex instructions using close tolerances from design drawings, specifications, verbal instructions, or sketches. An interest in learning data management software such as PDM (Product Data Management) and/or PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software. Fabricating complex parts that enable programs teams to develop prototype systems that demonstrate technology of national importance. Assemble complex electro/mechanical systems and sub-systems which include: chassis, cables/harnesses, printed circuit boards, optical sub-systems and related hardware. Setup and operation of equipment, working to close tolerances from blueprints, models, specifications, verbal instructions or sketches, to make tools, jigs, or fixtures as required, or to modify parts to ensure proper fit and function. 


A minimum of two years technical school with numerically control machine training and five years of applicable experience as a machinist is required. CAMWorks or Hypermill software Knowledge of GD&T Skills: Must be able to read blue prints and use basic machine shop math.



MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.


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