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Master Artisan: Subtractive Manufacturing Laboratory

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Date Added 20 Jul 2021
Expiry Date 17 Aug 2021
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Stellenbosch University

Western Cape

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Department of Industrial Engineering

Master Artisan: Subtractive Manufacturing Laboratory

(Ref. ING01/201/0721)

The Department of Industrial Engineering offers a strong undergraduate programme in Industrial Engineering and significant research activity in the areas of Engineering Management, Operations Management, Manufacturing, Systems Modelling, Machine Learning Applications, and Data Science.

In support of continuous growth, the Department needs to appoint a Master Artisan for the Subtractive Manufacturing Laboratory who is a Qualified Turner/Machinist or Toolmaker with extensive CNC and CAD/CAM experience and can provide a strong contribution in support of the manufacturing strategy.
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• Programming and operation of the following equipment (conversion training will be provided if required):
? Hermle C 40U 5-Axis Vertical Milling Machine;
? DMG MORI DMU 65 monoBlock 3-Axis Vertical Milling Machine.
• Quoting, planning and scheduling projects according to delivery deadlines and ensuring quality of scheduled projects;
• Supporting and participating in multiple undergraduate and postgraduate research and development projects related to manufacturing;
• Maintenance and OH&S management and procurement of related technological equipment and material;
• Updating and maintenance of related design and simulation software packages and computer equipment;
• Reporting on information needed for project reports and presentations;
• In future, the incumbent will be required to program and operate the following equipment (training will be provided if necessary):
? AgieCharmilles CA20 Wire EDM;
? AgieCharmilles SP3U EDM;
? DMG MORI CTX Beta 800 TC 5-Axis Turn-Mill.


• Qualified Turner/Machinist or Toolmaker for the past three years;
• MERSETA Red Seal Manufacturing-related certificates;
• A minimum of ten years’ experience in operation of 5-axis and 3-axis milling machines;
• A minimum of five years’ advanced CAD/CAM experience (PowerMill, FeatureCAM);
• The advanced ability to create 3D models using CAD software and the corresponding tool paths using CAM software along with advanced knowledge of G&M Codes (Fusion 360 or SOLIDWORKS);
• Experience in process safety management as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and related regulatory bodies;
• Understanding of the machining properties of various metals and the proper selection of machining parameters and tools;
• Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing;
• Reading, interpreting, and working from engineering drawings;
• Experience in management and maintenance of technical assets;
• General computer skills such as MS Word and Excel;
• Good interpersonal skills, as well as sound written and verbal communication skills;
• The ability to function in a multilingual and multicultural environment.


• NTIP Master Artisan Courses;
• Experience in client interaction and job quoting;
• A minimum of five years’ Siemens 840 & Heidenhain experience.

Important: Candidates must submit a cover letter with their application, detailing how they adhere to each of the above requirements and recommendations.

Commencement of duties: 1 September 2021, or as agreed

Closing date: 30 July 2021

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. Natasha Sacks on 021 808 9531, or at natashasacks@sun.ac.za
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753, or at sun-e-hr@sun.ac.za

The University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as Stellenbosch University’s institutional EE Plan.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.