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Senior Lab Associate CNC Operator, Machine Shop

Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors >


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science invites applications for a Senior CNC Operator/Laboratory Associate, full-time staff position.


The Senior CNC operator/Laboratory Associate will apply the use of CNC/conventional machining in the production of student and research projects parts production where appropriate, troubleshoot and repair laboratory systems and equipment used in thermo/fluid, strength of materials, welding, and machining laboratories, and teach machining and/or welding laboratory classes. Serve as a resource for all machines/laboratory users.

Essential Functions

CNC/Machine Shop:

  • Programming and operation of CNC machines and willingness to learn the use of new CNC machines
  • Operation of conventional machine tools as well as other fabrication equipment such as sheet-metal cutting and forming (including Plasma CAM), welding and casting.  
  • Work with students and faculty in the fabrication of component parts for student senior design and research projects
  • Oversight and safety of the machine shop, senior design lab, welding lab, CNC, and casting lab
  • Tack training certificates for students working in labs
  • Develop CNC curriculum demonstrations that can be used in class. Apply the use of CNC in the production of student and research project part production where appropriate. Keep up to date with CNC related software changes and generally integrate the use of CNC into everyday operations.
  • Provide training, supervision, and assistance to students and/or researchers regarding the use of machines



  • Set-up, troubleshoot and supervise the use of lab equipment and/or experiments.
  • Provide training, supervision, and assistance to instructors regarding the use of lab or lab equipment.
  • Provide support for laboratory instructors. Distribute handouts, manuals, and documentation to instructors.
  • Fabricate and modify parts to make or repair lab equipment.



  • Teach machining and/or welding classes (2 sections per semester, total 6 sections per year)

Essential Functions Continued


  • Fabricate and modify parts to repair machines.
  • See that the Machine Shop is kept clear, orderly and all available equipment is in good working condition. Troubleshoot and make minor equipment repairs.
  • Regularly evaluate surplus equipment and materials, then disposition as needed.
  • Recruit and supervise student assistants working in the Machine Shop and other MET Labs. Monitor and approve hours worked.
  • Record numbers of users and hours worked in the Shop. File project notes for future reference. Maintain purchasing and safety records for the Shop.
  • Perform supply inventories and purchase all needed equipment, repair parts, tooling, consumable supplies, and raw materials for the Machine Shop.
  • See that all users of the Shop receive proper safety instruction related to the operation they are to perform. Work with EH&S to perform safety audits and assure that safety regulations are met. See that all personal and machine safety equipment is available and in good condition.
  • Maintain supplies and equipment inventory and/or quality control activity. Order supplies/equipment as needed.
  • Develop and implement safety programs.

Required Education

  • Associate’s Degree
  • Four (4) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Two (2) years of experience in an area of technical specialty.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Willingness to learn and master new processes and CNC equipment.
  • Ability to solve complex technical problems.
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Word and Excel to create and format documents and spreadsheets and ability to learn and adapt to new software as the need arises.
  • Physical ability to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds and climb and work on ladders.
  • Knowledge and safe operation and maintenance of basic hand and power tools.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process

Create applicant profile in SuccessFactors and complete the online application. Attach the documents below to your application.

  • Cover Letter.
  • Current CV.
  • List of references (3) – names and contact information. (Should we move forward with your application we will contact references).
  • Please use the additional documents feature as needed for these items.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 88153 


Senior Lab Associate CNC Operator, Machine Shop

Date:  Jan 31, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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