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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Machinist to join the Facilities Department. This is a regular full-time position and is eligible for benefits.

Performs routine and production machining of metals and plastics.


  • Performs general machining of metals and plastics usually of a routine or production nature with occasional one-of-a-kind jobs (machining ranges from lab apparatus to repair of ship's equipment).
  • Makes the simpler machine set-ups and builds simple jigs and fixtures.
  • Grinds own tool bits and machines to close tolerances from drawings.
  • Works with engine lathes (up to 36"), vertical- and horizontal- headmilling machines, drill presses, radial drill, band saws, table saw, bench grinders, shears, brakes, presses and rolls, and full range of hand and portable tools.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Technical H.S. or vocational school machine shop program
  • 2 years experience in a machine shop
  • TWIC Card
  • Position drives WHOI Vehicles


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to carrying 25-50 lbs independently 20 times per day, and carrying 10-25 lbs independently 20 times per day; Visual requirements of depth perception as well as the ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing abilities to include ability to hear and understand verbal instructions and safety warnings as well as talk. Occupational requirements are the ability to work with others, around others and independently.  This position requires repetitive motion, frequent prolonged standing/walking. Manual dexterity and mobility, use of hands for fine/basic grasping and manipulation as well as reaching above and below shoulders. Occasional reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling/crouching/climbing ladders and stools.. Possible exposure to dust and other irritants, grease and oils, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.


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