Machine Shop Staff May. 10 2024| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition, Volunteer
Program: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer

Machine Shop Staff volunteers for FIRST Robotics Competition assist teams with robot repair and modifications. Some volunteers may help with processing orders while others may use machines and tools to make requested modifications. This role requires a significant level of responsibility and provides the opportunity to utilize and further develop coaching skills and mechanical knowledge. This is an active role, not sedentary.


  • Process work orders in a timely manner
  • Use tools and machines supplied to make modifications requested by teams
  • Promote and instruct teams on tool safety practices depending on insurance and shop regulations
  • Maintain safe work environment
  • Maintain an organized area

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience not required, general knowledge of FIRST preferred
  • Must be post-high school or equivalent
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • General knowledge of robot parts
  • Experienced machinist/welder, or significant machine shop experience
  • Strong mechanical/technical skills
  • Experience using a variety of machine tools (See the list at end of position description)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Self-directed individual
  • The list below includes equipment that is typical of most event Machine Shops, which any volunteer assigned to the Machine Shop Staff role should be qualified to operate. Please note that additional equipment may be present. Machine Shop Staff will not operate any equipment they are not trained or otherwise qualified to operate.
    • Vertical milling machine
    • Engine lathes
    • Acetylene torches
    • Drill press
    • Band saw
    • Disc sander
    • TIG welder
    • Finger brake
    • MAPP gas torch
    • Portable band saw
    • Saber saw
    • Router or roto-zip
    • Circular saw

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Minimum 1 full day commitment
  • Preferred 2 full day (Districts) or 3 full day (Regionals)

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to the start of every shift to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.


Training is on-site

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

  • Direct Supervision and On-Site Support: Event Manager


* Must read and comply with the Volunteer Handbook