Human Resources

Academic Support

Machine Shop Supervisor

Reed College, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1908 as an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian college of the liberal arts and sciences. Devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity, Reed has served for over a hundred years as an exemplar of the liberal arts while consistently providing one of the best academic experiences in the United States. In support of this mission, we are seeking a dynamic Machine Shop Supervisor for our Physics Department to join our team.

Position Summary
The Machine Shop Supervisor in the Physics Department ensures effective operation of the shop, its equipment and safety procedures.  The Supervisor works with students and faculty to design and construct demonstrations and training modules for use in lectures, labs and conferences that support thesis work and faculty research.

This is a full-time, exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week. Reed College offers a benefits package that is unparalleled.  Benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes.

Essential Functions

  • Maintains the Physics Machine Shop equipment and all aspects of the Shop environment. 
  • Designs, constructs and repairs scientific apparatus, lab equipment, electronic instruments and other systems used in instructional and research programs.  May work with external suppliers to maintain and repair equipment as needed.
  • Works with and maintains a shop with progressively modern equipment and techniques such as CNC machining and CAD/CAM software, as well as woodworking and metalworking.
  • Maintains control of supplies and equipment (inventory, storage, ordering).  Submits and manages a budget relative to the orderly operation of the Shop.
  • Works with faculty to design a shop-based curriculum that is incorporated as part of upper-division lab classes on an as-needed basis.
  • Designs, implements, and regularly updates modular shop training workshops for faculty and students that includes instruction in safe operation of advanced machining.  May teach machine shop techniques and practices within a class framework.
  • Assists students and faculty in feasibility of specific projects, setting up demonstrations and experiments.
  • Manages student employees to assist in shop upkeep and minor projects
  • Maintains a safety program within the shop environment.  Demonstrates safe practices and ensures that others within the shop do as well.  Trains in group and one-on-one settings.
  •   Proactively communicate with faculty in departments other than physics with the aim to determine their needs and expand the offerings of the shop correspondingly.
  • Works with faculty on modifying and replacing lab apparatus on an as-needed basis.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Requires extensive machine shop experience (formal coursework and/or on-the-job experience), as well as strong mechanical aptitude.  Machines include:  CNC mill and lathe, bandsaw, drill press, welder, sheet metal shear/bender
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with students and faculty is essential
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills, a strong service orientation, and ability and desire to keep skills and knowledge current.

 Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of directly-related occupational experience and skill or an Associate’s Degree with four years of directily-related experience and skill in the field.  An emphasis in Product or Industrial Design is strongly preferred. 
  • Five years or more experience in machining and machine tool technology
  • Experience in teaching and/or instructional technology support at the post-secondary level.
  • Experience with a breadth of scientific instrumentation and precision measurement using equipment such as 3-D printers, Material Process, CAD/CAM, CNC machines etc. is necessary for success in this position.

To Apply
Email a Letter of Introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed Application for Employment and your resume to  In your letter, answer the question “How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?”  Applications will be considered as they are submitted.  Priority will be given to those who apply before July 19, 2013.

Starting pay:  $54,086