Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technician
We have an immediate opening for a full-time, Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technician II position. The successful candidate will work side-by-side with our US Army customers in an AM shop.
The successful candidate for the AM Technician II position will operate various, metal additive manufacturing machines?such as EOS, ARCAM, etc.?to manufacture parts, perform equipment set-up and powder changeovers, conduct maintenance on machines, monitor build processes and manage the part post processing methodologies. Prior experience working in an AM environment within the aerospace and defense industry is highly preferred but not required. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of additive manufacturing and/or subtractive manufacturing, be mechanically inclined, and be able to adapt to an ever-evolving technology.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The AM Technician II will be skillful in working in an additive manufacturing or subtractive manufacturing environment with an emphasis on metals (e.g., titanium, Inconel?s, stainless steel, etc.). The successful candidate will operate AM machines using various powder bed fusion metals (e.g., EOS 270/280/290/ARCAM).
Working within a demanding team environment, the AM Technician II will operate highly sophisticated and expensive machines with highly complex process variables that must be monitored and adjusted to yield an acceptable outcome. He/She will be working very closely with Government employees to assist in designing, developing and manufacturing the Technical Data Package (TDP) and part requirements that can and will be used by both in-house and industry AM machining centers to fabricate production parts for the US Army. The successful candidate will also have a proven track record of meeting the prescribed timelines of the work schedule, being prompt and on time to work each day, and being responsible for conducting themselves in a professional manner.
The successful candidate must possess basic knowledge of powder metallurgy for powder bed fusion processes, basic characterization principles, and powder properties and handling requirements to successfully carry out the following technical requirements:
? Perform equipment maintenance, including changing filters, blades, chillers, bead blasters, sieves, compressors, vacuums, etc.
? Complete machine changeovers and clean powder between builds.
? Sieve powder after each run, maintain powder inventory and lot blending.
? Conduct AM build monitoring by providing continuous review of the build process from start to finish.
? Troubleshoot equipment issues including: restarting from power outages, blade stoppage from part and/or plate warpage, recoating dosing issues, etc.
? Post processing parts, such as but not limited to:
o Transporting builds plates from equipment to furnace;
o Removing rough support structure before EDM;
o Coordinating with EDM operators to remove build plate, support structure, etc. and machinists to fine- tune metal removal, and polishing parts; and
o Grinding off build plates for reuse, and surface finish parts using media blaster.
EDUCATION, WORK EXPERIENCE AND TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE:
Education: Associate?s degree in a mechanical or engineering discipline highly desired but not required. Certification as a machinist or journeyman machinist highly desired but not required.
Work Experience: 2-3 years of AM or subtractive manufacturing experience, working in a machine shop environment is required.
Technical Knowledge: Familiarity with and/or experience operating AM or subtractive manufacturing machine software tools (e.g., GUI, PLC, or Numerical Control systems). Familiarity with Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and its capabilities is highly desired but not required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Tools Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook), internet protocols, and email systems.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
Ability to quickly deal with emerging problems that may involve several, independent variables.
? Exceptional attention to detail.
? Excellent professional references.
? Strong communication skills (oral and written).
SECURITY CLEARANCE: The successful candidate must already have, or be able to obtain once employed by the client a US Government Secret-level clearance. The successful candidate must maintain the clearance during the duration of their employment, which is a requirement of this position. The US Government generally only grants clearances to US citizens who are free from major criminal convictions. Individuals not meeting these two criteria will most likely not be granted a US Government security clearance.