PO Box: AC# 2244
James M. Kubasek
Head of Machine ShopAmherst College
Amherst College seal machined on our HAAS TM1P tool room mill.
Machine Shop Manager
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.
Ion trap for Professor Hanneke
Slide vise for Professor Carter
Lens Rotator for Professor Hall
Laser Cavities for Professor Hall
Video of an elbow steam engine designed and built in the shop.