Machine Mechanic - 2nd & 3rd Shift - Transonic Wind Tunnel

Location: Buffalo, NY
Date Posted: 05-31-2017
Calspan’s Subsonic, Transonic Wind Tunnel, is the only independently owned and operated wind tunnel in the United States. Our staff is known for its flexibility and responsiveness to our customer’s needs. Customers appreciate this approach, as it enables them in real time, to refine test programs. The Machine Mechanic will support the Transonic Wind Tunnel, located in Buffalo, New York.

2nd Shift - 3:00 PM - 11:30 PM (5 days per week)
3rd Shift - 9:30 PM - 8:00 AM (4 days per week)


Due to the security requirements for this position, US Citizenship is required

Description for Machine Mechanic:
  • Rig, move, install, repair, and retime a wide variety of machines, pumps, valves, compressors, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, etc.
  • Clean and lubricate machinery, perform basic diagnostic tests, checking performance and test damaged machine parts to determine whether major repairs are necessary.  Plan, layout, work from and study fairly complicated drawings and/or sketches.
  • Prepare cement foundations, rig and position machines or equipment.  Modify and set-up equipment for calibration testing.
  • Analyze failures and remedy troubles quickly to prevent lost time.  Detect problems and correct them.  Maintain preventative maintenance logs.
  • Perform a variety of construction and repair work, weld broken parts and fixtures.   Disassemble equipment to repair or replace the necessary parts. 
  • Following standard safety procedures to prevent injury to self and others.  Responsible for tools, machines, equipment, etc. used while performing work.


Preferred Education / Experience for Machine Mechanic:
  • High school graduate or equivalent (preferable from a vocational/technical school)
  • 3-5 years of formal trades training


Preferred Knowledge / Ability for Machine Mechanic:
  • Use hand and power tools as appropriate and repair small tools
  • Use a variety of precision measuring instruments, such as rule, square, micrometer, level, speed indicator, etc.
  • Shop mechanics and operation of machine tools
  • Electronic and computer skills
  • Mechanical aptitude, read blueprints
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