Successful progress in science and engineering nearly always requires teamwork. The Scientific Services department enables research and development by working in partnership with technical personnel. The resources available in Scientific Services range from chemical and materials analysis to electronic design and fabrication. Because of the variety of research done at Almaden, Scientific Services personnel must be flexible in their interactions. Some of the projects require extensive involvement with those responsible for the research or development project, including making contributions to the initial discussions. Other projects may require little more than simple measurements. This department must keep abreast of current science and technology to provide state-of-the-art instrumentation and design. Scientific Services provides an effective path to progress through collaborative partnerships.