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Journeyperson Machinist

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
7 days ago

Discover TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre, and one of the world's leading laboratories for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science. TRIUMF's diverse community of nearly 600 multidisciplinary researchers, engineers, technicians, tradespeople, staff, and students create a unique incubator for Canadian excellence, as well as a portal to premier global collaborations.  Fueling innovation and improving lives, we are committed to accelerating discovery and shaping a better world.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to excellence and enhance our ability to create knowledge and opportunity for all. Together, we are committed to building an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the voices of our employees, students, partners, and the people and communities we serve.

The Detectors Group at TRIUMF plays a crucial role in the field of particle and nuclear physics. They specialize in designing, developing, manufacturing, and assembling detector systems for both local and global projects. Currently, we are seeking a highly skilled Journeyperson Machinist to join our team.

As a valued member of the Detector Support Facility, the Certified Journeyperson Machinist will assume a pivotal role in providing machining services and technical support to the Detectors Group and other significant TRIUMF projects. Moreover, this position will involve spearheading the development of innovative manufacturing processes and techniques to propel detector technology advancements.

Join us in this dynamic role where you will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research and shape the future of particle and nuclear physics through your expertise in machining and dedication to technological advancements.


  • Programming, operating and safe maintenance of CNC lathe & CNC vertical machining center.
  • Machining of plastics, ceramics, and metals.
  • Manufacture, align, glue, wrap, and assemble scintillator parts and components.
  • Providing consultation relating to parts fabrication and ease of manufacturing to scientists and engineers.
  • Provide technical support to detector assembly.
  • Liaise with other machinists and outside shops on techniques, and processes relating to TRIUMF’s requirements.
  • Procurement and inventorying of materials and tools.
  • General shop clean-up, housekeeping, and safe operation of powered equipment.


  • Demonstrated expertise in machining.
  • Extensive experience in CNC Lathe and CNC Vertical Mill, fluent with CAD/CAM programs with a preference for MasterCAM and SolidWorks.
  • Ability to work to tight tolerances including quality control and precision measurement.
  • Proficiency with CAD programs with a preference for SolidWorks.
  • Proficiency with general shop equipment such as bandsaw, belt-sander, drill press, etc.
  • Experience in handling and assembly of fragile components.
  • Basic knowledge in the production and assembly of sensitive electronic and mechanical devices.
  • Good interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills including word processor and spreadsheet software.
  • The ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • The ability to work with changing requirements and balancing priorities.
  • Knowledge and experience with machining various ceramics with PCD tools is an asset.
  • Research and development experience is an asset.


Trades certification as a Machinist, and a minimum of 4 years of journeyperson experience.

Applicants must be legally able to work in Canada on a permanent basis (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident).


As a requirement of this position, the successful candidate will need to provide acceptable proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or demonstrate that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for reasons protected under the BC Human Rights Code. TRIUMF will grant reasonable accommodation requests up to the point of undue hardship.

TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, is situated on the vibrant south campus of the University of British Columbia, nestled within the beautiful Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, BC.

At TRIUMF, we value our employees and are committed to providing a competitive total rewards package. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer comprehensive benefits that promote the well-being and security of our staff. Our organization provides an excellent opportunity to grow your career in a high-profile national research facility, where you can make a difference.

If you are passionate about science, engineering and technology, driven to excel, and eager to be part of a collaborative and forward-thinking organization, we encourage you to apply. Take the next step in your career journey with TRIUMF.

Learn more about the amazing research and work we do at TRIUMF.

Come join us to see how we are working to unlock the mysteries of the universe and shape the future.

Apply now and be part of our extraordinary journey.

Application closing date:October 19, 2023

It is important to note that due to operation necessity, TRIUMF will as needed, make hiring decisions that could pre-empt the application closing date. Accordingly, we suggest candidates submit expressions of interest in a timely fashion.

Contact information:
Phone: 604.222.1047
Fax: 604.222.3791

4004 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 2A3

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