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Master Machinist

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

Master Machinist
Competitive Tax-free Salary

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is an international graduate-level, merit-based research university located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Our state-of-the-art campus, globally renowned faculty and brand new facilities come together to provide the ideal setting for significant, high-impact research. KAUST is dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom that will also benefit the region and the world.

The Master Machinist requires a creative technical mind to deliver product solutions of the highest quality. The position proposes technical solutions and demonstrates feasibility and value, and leads execution of fabrication projects from initiation to implementation.

Key responsibilities include:
· Lead novel R&D conceptual design events, to define design criteria, develop feasible design concepts, and drive projects through manufacturing and delivery.
· Conceive, develop, prototype and/or test mechanical and electro-opto-mechanical components, assemblies, structures and enclosures.
· Oversee integration, debugging and performance optimization of mechanical, electrical, optical and vacuum subsystems.
· Create and maintain documentation of concepts, designs, tool drawings and fabrication orders in coordination with R&D functions.
· Facilitate the continuous improvement processes and contribute to product design enhancements intended to achieve higher reliability and production quality, embracing a culture of accountability for performance. This includes providing technical assistance to the shops including materials, QC/QA, engineering, safety, training of employees and graduate students, etc.
· Develop TIG welding capacities to achieve high quality, reliable, ultra high vacuum fabrications, including issuing certificates of conformity and leak test certificates.
· Establish a metal finishing shop for electro-polishing, passivation and anodizing, mainly aiming for enhanced corrosion resistance, surface preparation and aesthetics.
· Develop and administer stimulating training programs on workshop equipment for users and university students in a “do-it-yourself” encouraging and dynamic atmosphere.
· Work with and help design pressure vessels according to relevant ASME codes.

To be successful within this role you must have:
A Minimum of an Associate Degree is preferred.
· Around 20 years of pertinent experience and growing responsibilities in high precision prototyping or manufacturing environment with high precision CNC machining, conventional machining, wire and plunge EDM, grinding operations, sheet metal fabrication (specifically, Waterjet and Laser cutting/engraving), and welding (ultra-high vacuum fabrications, TIG, MIG).
· Demonstrated knowledge and track record in manufacturing operations, engineering design, product development, and technical publication in engineering domain assignments.
· Proven analytical engineering skills and practical experience in at least 75% of the following areas: Mechanical Vibrations and Dynamics, FEA, Machine Design, Statics and Hydraulics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, and Pneumatics.
· Experience in electro-mechanical systems is required. Expertise in manufacturing vacuum components and chambers is needed. Knowledge in optical systems is a plus.
· Proficiency in rapid prototyping 3-D printing, SolidWorks 2013, MasterCAM X6, multi-axis CNC/CAM programming, reverse engineering and simulation software.
· Hands-on experience in metrology (GD&T and CMM) is required.
· In addition to world class facilities and living conditions, you will be remunerated with a highly competitive package and the opportunity to work within an ambitious and growing University.

To be considered for this exciting role, please visit our website and apply directly through the careers page.

About: KAUST Central Workshops

KAUST has established Core Labs and Major Facilities to support the research of faculty, scientists and graduate students both on campus and with regional and international collaborators. The Workshops have several workshops: Machine Shop , Woodworking Shop, Welding Shop, Glassblowing Shop, Electronics Shop , Metrology Lab.


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