Manufacturing R&D Technician

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is seeking a Technician to support collaborative teams with industry technical leaders, academic experts, and world-class researchers to develop and implement solutions for real-world challenges in advanced manufacturing.  CCAM is located in Disputanta, Virginia (just south of Richmond) and is a modern, world-class facility designed to enable employees to produce creative research solutions.

Position Overview

The Manufacturing R&D Technician will operate a wide variety of advanced manufacturing and testing equipment.  Weekly priorities would be established and the technician would work alongside researchers and interns. Examples of day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Operate metal additive manufacturing equipment – both powder bed and robot-based
  • Use analytical equipment – including microscopes, hardness testers, thermomechanical apparatus – to quantify material properties
  • Support researchers and other technicians on the thermal spray process
  • Working with researchers to add new capability to the equipment
  • Program robots using both on-line and off-line approaches
  • Operate CNC machining equipment
  • Troubleshoot electrical and mechanical issues with the equipment when they arise
  • Perform daily and longer-term maintenance on the equipment; coordinate calibrations and related external needs
  • Track consumables and replenish as required to ensure resources are on-hand
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Two years’ relevant industrial experience
  • This position requires access to technology or intellectual property that is subject to export control requirements. Candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license
  • Experience with relevant processing equipment
  • Knowledge of basic Microsoft Office suite
  • Very high level attention to detail with respect to observing and documenting findings
  • Experience performing some maintenance on equipment and working with others to help diagnose faults

Preferred Requirements

  • Associates or higher degree and five (5) years relevant industrial experience
  • Experience operating and maintaining complex equipment such as industrial robotics, metal additive manufacturing equipment (both powder bed and robot-based), thermal spray equipment, vacuum coating equipment, laser processes, or CNC machining equipment
  • Experience with robotic and/or machining programming
  • Experience executing planned research – performing processing as required and documenting experimental results
  • Strong troubleshooting and repair skills

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability to operate and repair machines
  • Prolonged periods of standing, walking, bending, and stretching
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds at a time
  • Must be able to meet respirator exam and fit testing requirements

Individual Traits Key to Success at CCAM

  • Approaches work with a collaborative, team-first mentality; positive, proactive, with a can-do attitude
  • Genuine enthusiasm for the application of research to manufacturing processes
  • Excels at problem definition; able to work effectively with open ended or ambiguous problems and/or applications
  • Self-driven and results-oriented, with a clear focus on high quality work performance
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, conveys ideas at both technical and non-technical levels; must be a good listener
  • Responsible and accountable; able to manage time, cost, and quality to meet project goals
  • Eager to gain new experience and learn new skills

CCAM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. CCAM does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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Benefits Overview

  • Health, Dental, Vision insurance plan options; eligible on first of month following date of hire
  • HRA – Health Reimbursement Account (employer funded, covers a portion of the medical deductible)
  • FSA – Flexible spending Account (employee funded, pre-tax)
  • 401k Retirement Plan – Employer contributes 3% of base salary on a monthly basis; additional discretionary match up to 7.5% determined annually; immediately 100% vested in employer contributions
  • Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short Term Disability, and Long Term Disability insurance (employer funded)
  • 3 weeks paid vacation
  • 2 weeks paid maternity/paternity/adoption leave

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