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CUPE 1975- Machinist/Instrument Maker Apprentice

Department: Physics & Engineering Physics

FTE: 1.0

Status: 12 month Term with the possibility of extension

Shift: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm

Requisition: req719

Open Date: 7/5/2017

Closing Date:

Salary Information: The salary range is CAD $3,517.28 - 4,748.99 per month (Applied Scientific Services Phase 4). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Description: There is 1 opening(s) for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: To provide service as an apprentice machinist/instrument maker in the Physics Machine Shop within the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics. 

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Manager (and ultimately the Head of the Department), this position provides support for all and any aspects of the operation of the Physics Machine Shop. Under the guidance of the supervisor, this position interacts with faculty and staff, undergraduate and graduate students, within and outside the Department. It requires good interpersonal skills, emphasis on customer service, attention to detail, creativity and strong interest in improving own skills and education. Work is performed under the supervision of journeyman machinists, subject to deadlines and priorities, in a team environment totaling 3 instrument makers. The incumbent is expected to contribute with innovative ideas. The quality of work has to meet high standards. Note: incumbent must be physically capable of meeting the Physical Demands Analysis requirements for the position.

Typical Duties: Under the supervision of a journeyman, the incumbent provides efficient and high quality machine shop service to teaching laboratories in the department, to research projects on the Campus, and to external clients. Guided by the supervisor, he/she collaborates and shares expertise in the planning, designing and fabrication of scientific equipment and prototypes as well as the repair of existing equipment. Actively engages in own professional development. Overall, partakes at least in some measure, in any and all activities of the machine shop.


Education: Grade 12 diploma. Being in the 3rd or 4th year of machinist apprenticeship. Machine shop pre-employment is an asset.  

Experience: The following are preferred assets for the position: Related experience in a diverse machine and mechanical shop environment, including welding, industrial mechanical, sheet metal fabrication, and some knowledge of precision carpentry; some computer skills for electronic communications; familiarity with programming, set up and operation of CNC milling machine; modern machine shop practices; some CAD/CAM experience as it pertains to instrument design and fabrication. Please indicate how many months of machine shop experience you have in your application.

Skills: Job-shop type machining versatility. Some familiarity with CAD/CAM software and Microsoft Office. Effective organizational skills. Good interpersonal and communication skills. Some ability to develop innovative processes to achieve high quality products of a prototype or unique design structure. Aptitude to keep abreast of the developments in technologies in design and fabrication generally and in C.N.C. machining specifically. The ability to develop and maintain respectful and collaborative relationships with a wide variety of individuals including team members, staff, faculty, students and other clients.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Yannis Pahatouroglou at  

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.