Machine Shop Manager

Submitted by James M. Kubasek on Friday, 4/30/2021, at 10:45 AM

I have worked in precision manufacturing since 1982. During that period, I completed an 8000 hour apprenticeship that covered all aspects of metalworking and was recognized by the Commonwealth of  Massachusetts as a certified Tool and Die Maker in 1986. I am also certified by The National Institute of Metalworking Skills in multiple areas of metalworking. In 2001, I became certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Chapter 74 vocational instructor in Machine Shop. I have taught many areas of precision metalworking for over 10 years at a local vocational school located in Western Massachusetts. The subjects I taught included Blueprint Reading, Shop Mathematics, Trigonometry, CNC Programming, Employability Skills, Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Metal Cutting Theory and Shop Safety as well as honors level pre-engineering CIM classes. My specialties include miniature and sub-miniature machining as well as all areas of CNC milling and Turning. Other areas in which I specialize is the use of Solidworks design software in both education and industry. I have been designing products for industry for over the last 10 years and have helped numerous businesses get new products to market . Examples of that are in use today to help reduce pollution from idling trucks and are used in many states across the United States. Including Maine, Connecticut, and Florida as a few examples. I also am well versed in the area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and utilizing CAM software as another high tech tool that integrates our CAD designs to allow us the ability to create very complicated programs for our CNC machining center.


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Assem1a.avi 10.35 MB
Terras Irradient. Designed and manufactured in the Physics Machine Shop 4.28 MB

Laser cavity after its first operations.

Laser cavity alternate view.

Laser cavity in its finished machined state.

Laser cavities with the covers mounted.


This photo shows our turning capabilities. This image shows a part turned on our jewelers lathe. The dark curved line is a human hair. There is a little post close to the area that is lit. It looks like a small line. That is a piece of brass turned down to a diameter of approximately .001".


WR-6 to WR-10 Waveguide transitions for Professor Friedman.


Slide vise for Professor Carter


Lens Rotator for Professor Hall


Laser Cavities for Professor Hall


Ion trap for Professor Hanneke

Steam engine.MOV

Video of an elbow steam engine designed and built in the shop.

slideholder assem2.avi

slideholder assembly designed and created for Prof Carters lab