Metal Additive Manufacturing Technician

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, MD
Sep 28, 2022
Oct 05, 2022
Full Time
Description Are you passionate about quality manufacturing? Are you driven to explore and implement new technology? Do you enjoy tackling complex fabrication tasks that require multiple processes? Do you relish working on impactful projects that advance the state of the art in science and technology and make critical contributions to our Nation's security? If so, we 're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL. We are hiring for a Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technician and seeking a person with experience in CNC machining to support fabrication of spaceflight hardware, other fielded hardware, prototype components for testing, and test specimens for research and development projects. You will be a vital member of ditive APL 's Ad Manufacturing Center (AMC), within the Research and Exploratory Development Department. The AMC leads the implementation of innovative AM related technologies to meet the future needs of APL staff and our Government sponsors. The AMC also supports APL with specialized prototyping and low volume production services. Metal Additive Manufacturing enables tremendous design freedom to elevate system performance in a wide variety of ways, however, metal AM parts need post machining to achieve the level of precision and surface quality often required in advanced applications. With an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of additive manufacturing and precision machining, you will influence design for additive and machining, and support fabrication planning for successful outcomes. As a member of our team, you 'll build hardware that explores other planets and interstellar space through various NASA missions as well as building critical prototype hardware for our nation 's national security and national health interests. As an Additive Manufacturing Machinist Your primary responsibility will be producing metal components using metal addtivie manufacturing machines. You will learn the capabilities and limitations of the additive manufacturing machines and apply that knowledge with your knowledge of CNC machining to modify part designs for printing and machining. You will develop CAD skills to make design modifications for manufacturability. You will become adept at using build setup software to orient, position, design support structures, and assign lasing parameters for each part on the build plate. You will be trained on safe operation and maintenance of metal additive manufacturing machines. You will lead the setup of the machines. Typical tasks will include: 1) import .stl (or similar) files into build preparation software and complete layout, support generation and build parameter setup for the job 2) load new material (eg, powder) and build platform, and 3) run calibration builds, machine diagnostics, and pre-build routines to prepare the machine for printing, 4) monitor jobs for defects and take corrective actions as necessary 5) ensure process documentation is up to date and accurate 6) communicate build status to customers and 7) clean build chambers of residual material, sieve powder, and prepare the machines for subsequent jobs. You will facilitate post-process steps, including inspection of parts for defects and dimensio nal accuracy, part removal from build plate, support removal, and finish machining. You will track consummable resources and ensure sufficient supply is on hand to avoid delays. Qualifications You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Have a High School Diploma or equivalent. Have 3+ years of experience with setup, programming and operating a CNC Mill in an industrial research or production environment. Have a strong mechanical aptitude and willingness to troubleshoot and repair equipment. Are familiar with using personal protective equipment (safety glasses, particulate masks, gloves, etc.) in the work environment. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel). Excellent verbal communication skills with other technicians engineers, and scientists. Are able to lift and move heavy objects such as build plates and powder containers that may weigh up to 50 pounds. Are willing to work occasional overtime and or shifted work schedules during periods of high work load. Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date. Are able to obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship. You 'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Have a Bachelor's degree or higher in a related engineering or science field. 2+ years experience operating metal additive manufacturing machines (selective laser melting or directed energy deposition) in a research or industrial setting. Experience with computer aided design software such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, CREO, or similar. Experience using MasterCAM or similar CAM software. Have experience with health and safety practices in an industrial laboratory environment with chemical, mechanical, and laser hazards. Have an aptitude for working on computer controlled equipment. Why work at APL? The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at . About Us APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.