The high capital investment necessary to investigate the use of laser technology provides the laser job shop with a role not common to job shops in other industries. It may act as a transfer agent of the new technology into the manufacturing world by laser processing parts on the contract basis, by training the staffs of companies who purchased their own equipment, and by becoming a "second source" to those companies. Two case histories, complete with technical details, are used as examples. Precision hole drilling in metals and alumina substrates was investigated and refined in just a few days, resulting in considerable gain both technically and economically for the companies involved. A checklist is also provided as a guide to help an engineer determine if job shopping is applicable to his particular situation.