Fermilab Machine Shop rolls out new job status resource

The Machine Shop team is hard at work. To make yourself aware of the team’s workflow, refer to the Machine Shop Job Queue, which is available for your viewing online. Photo: Gary Markiewicz, Fermilab

The Fermilab Machine Shops serve the needs of our entire lab community. The main shop, located in the Village, houses eight machinists and a large variety of machines to fabricate specialty parts for projects, experiments, operations and R&D activities.

To ensure that the machine shops continue to run smoothly and that shop personnel satisfactorily serve their customers, the Shops Department has developed a new online table for customers to view Machine Shop jobs, where the jobs sit in the queue, and projected completion dates. Currently, the document is set up only for the Main Shop jobs, but it will soon be updated to add the Wilson Hall Machine Shop jobs. The Machine Shop status table can be reached through links on either the Engineering Resource Guide webpage (click on ‘Machine Shop Status’) or the internal APS-TD Machine Shop webpage (click on ‘Machine Shop Job Queue’). View the table, which will be updated twice per week. (You must be logged in to Fermipoint to view it.)

Communication, particularly during this time of widespread remote working, is key to assuring the shops meet the needs of the projects and users. This tool supplements the communication path established during formal job submittal and will, we hope, be beneficial to coordinate work progress and part availability.

I’d like to acknowledge our team of machinists and welders for their perseverance and dedication to completing requested jobs, particularly during these difficult times. They’ve performed their jobs diligently, professionally and to the strictest safety guidelines. Our team was part of the first group to return to the laboratory site, having resumed their work in mid-May.

Over the years, the machine shops have played a key role in fulfilling the mission of the lab, and we expect they will for decades to come. Contact me at x3711 or markiewz@fnal.gov for assistance on submitting jobs to the shops or to discuss ongoing work and status.

Gary Markiewicz is the head of the Fermilab Machine Shop Department.