Open Design for AM + Computational Design Jobs
Who is hiring DfAM engineers and what are they looking for.
Open opportunities for the application of DfAM is an interesting insight into the companies that are at the maturity level in their adoption of AM that they have dedicated roles, the skills and experience they are looking for.
Also worth checking out is the 2022 3D Printing Salary Survey Report by Alexander Daniels Global. Although they do not call out design roles specifically, the application engineering roles might be an indicator of the salary range in a particular region.
Here are a few open as of April 15 2022.
Nike: Computational Designer II
As our Computational Designer II, you'll work with the footwear design team to identify new digital capabilities, design products and streamline product design, development and manufacturing. You’ll apply your expertise of 2D and 3D software design tools to help design and build great product. You have a solid understanding of computational design standard methodologies. You are also familiar with advanced digital skills and understand how to integrate them with footwear product creation best practices. In your portfolio of work, you should have clear examples of how you’ve worked on key product lines with complex design requirements. You’ll collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams and participate in the creation of best-in-class product.
Raytheon: Additive Manufacturing Design Engineer
The Additive Manufacturing Design Engineer will be responsible for one or more of the following activities as they relate to the AMPCC, including:
Execution of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) projects to support business unit evaluation and adoption of additively manufactured components and systems
Development, demonstration, and documentation of design methodologies and tools for additive manufacturing including conventional CAD and implicit modeling-based approaches
Topology optimization for generation of geometries enabled by additive manufacturing across structural, thermal, or hydrodynamic single-physics or multi-physics domains
Fortify: Design for Additive Manufacturing Applications Engineer
We are seeking a Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Applications Engineer with an extensive background in software-enabled design tools like generative design and topology optimization to enable the development of unique applications in high-value markets such as RF and ceramics. In this role, you will be providing technical support and leadership to not only our customers, but for the internal Fortify team, leveraging your background in simulation to design unique geometries and assemblies that enhance the performance of our unique materials and hardware processes. You will be the Fortify’s in-house expert for architected materials and field-driven design. Working at the interface between our Sales team and our Engineering team, you will solve a variety of complex customer problems while thriving in a sales environment.
Veeco: Additive Manufacturing Design Engineer
This Additive Manufacturing Design Engineer is a key member of the New Product Development (NPD) Mechanical engineering team, working on complex wafer processing equipment that are used to manufacture advanced semiconductors, LEDs, displays, photonics, VCSELs, power electronics, compound semiconductors, hard disk drives, MEMS and wireless chips. Major emphases are given to design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) and its implementation in overall system design, automation/robotics, vacuum vessel design, heat transfer, gas and vapor delivery, incorporation of OEM power supplies and controllers, as well as many other engineering and design areas.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems: Additive Manufacturing Application & Business Development Engineer
We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and proactive Additive Manufacturing (AM) Application Development Engineer in our AM department located in Poway, CA. This position will occupy a strategic role in the growth of AM at GA-ASI, by supporting current and next generation UAS platform development leveraging a variety of AM technologies and materials. This position will connect with a wide range of programs to work closely with our internal stakeholders to identify potential AM applications, perform business and technical benefit assessment and trade, as well as driving the establishment of AM application development scope of work in collaboration with the AM project engineer. This role will also act as an internal business development strategic intelligence that will guide Leadership to drive internal R&D, AM equipment planning, staffing plan, as well as drive the outward-facing knowledge transfer initiatives with our internal stakeholders.
Although it is part of the Aircraft Systems Manufacturing group, this position will be a key interface role between various other internal and external stakeholders such as Quality Engineering, Materials & Processes Engineering, Program Management, Special Programs, Design Engineering, Service and Supply Chain management. It will also interface and work closely with multiple programs within the greater GA&A company (other divisions of GA). This position will act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) to help integrate AM applications into GA-ASI’s products and processes, as part of the Center of Excellence mission statement. This position will provide the candidate with an opportunity to be at the forefront and key contributor to the growth of plastics, metals, tooling and composites AM at GA-ASI.
NOV: Additive Engineer - Pathway Program
Participants can choose from multiple career track options based on education and career interest. Each career track has its own training and experience-based learning objectives, and knowledge and performance are evaluated following each rotation.
Following the engineering career track, the primary responsibilities will be as follows:
Apply Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) principles to improve design & manufacturability of our products.
Work closely with Product Engineers to develop & optimize parts to leverage AM technology.
Work closely and build relationship with different Additive Manufacturing Companies and Suppliers.
Build Prototypes and perform stress analysis.
Stay up-to-date with changing AM Technology and industry standards.
Provide technical & manufacturing support for AM development.
Work closely with customers, vendors, and other departments in the organization.
Participate in internal design review meetings and be aware of commercial implications.
Work closely with AM vendors and develop process specifications & qualification standards.
Baker Hughes: Lead Additive Manufacturing Engineer
Baker Hughes has an opening for an Engineer to build technical expertise in new technologies, processes, and inspection capabilities for the Enterprise Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technology Center. This fast-paced group produces products using AM methods and provides technical and manufacturing support for Baker Hughes through creative AM solutions. The role requires a strong understanding of metal powder-bed fusion technology, operational experience, design, and material science background.
MISUMI USA: Additive Manufacturing Engineer
Position Summary: The Additive Manufacturing Engineer is a key member of the team responsible for the successful development and growth of MISUMI's Additive Manufacturing program. Our goal is to become leaders in the AM component industry. In addition to the creation of the relevant procedures to manufacture, test, & inspect high quality 3D printed components, this role also includes the selection, analysis, and production of components that meet market needs, and the exploration and introduction of leading-edge AM technologies to expand MISUMI's AM capabilities and offerings.
Rocket Lab: Principal Additive Manufacturing Engineer
Based at Rocket Lab's new headquarters in Long Beach, California the Principal Additive Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for leading development of various Additive technologies (LPBF, DED, Hybrid Solutions) with various alloys. This role will support all Additive processes involved with the Rutherford & Archimedes engines. You will support the Manager of Additive Manufacturing and Production Additive Manufacturing organization, with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.
Design for Additive Manufacturing:
Act as a subject matter expert of AM ; provide critical feedback during the DfAM process.
Work closely with / train Design & Manufacturing Engineers to design for specific types of Additive Manufacturing. Effectively communicate why specific aspects of DfAM are necessary.
Blue Origin: Additive Manufacturing II- Software Development Engineer
Develop new tools and applications that enable Additive Manufacturing to automate existing processes and standardize on performance-based benchmarks
Develop and validate specifications for contracting equipment manufacturers
Contribute to the design, implementation, and deployment of successful internet-scale systems and services in support of Additive Manufacturing and associated systems
Produce quality user documentation for defining integrations between enterprise-level applications
Adopt software DevOps technologies to tackle software automation problems
Blue Origin: Additive Manufacturing Application Engineer III
Oversee new printed part support design and development for the Laser Powder Bed (LPB) manufacturing process.
Work with Blue Origin business units to educate design staff on the design for manufacturing rules applicable to LPB.
Own part and support development through the initial stages, and deliver production ready files for serial fabrication.
Act as the interface between program requirements and manufacturing.
Develop, improve, and own a catalog of design patterns, which can be applied across classes of parts.
Engage with external vendors to assess software related to DfM for the LPB process. Vet new software packages and evaluate updates to existing ones.
Own printed model definition and release process for the as-printed geometry.
Release support design models in a timely manner to support the production schedule.
Develop and optimize part design and supports for LPB manufacturing.
A member of the AddWorks Consulting Engineering Team focused on additive design consulting, helping customers find the right additive applications and product development of those applications. This may entail delivering training, design and development of products, solutions and systems, co-creation with customer teams, physical prototyping and/or departmental operations/initiatives.
University of Dayton: Additive Manufacturing Design Engineer, Co-Op/Intern
The position will be focused on reverse engineering/designing aerospace components to be manufactured using metal powder bed fusion and fused deposition modelling additive manufacturing processes. Focus will be on determining the fit, form and function of existing aerospace components and translating this knowledge into the technical data required to produce the equivalent or superior performing part using an additive manufacturing processes. An additive manufacturing product development process is used to guide the design engineer, but it is essential that the engineer be well versed in the fundamentals of mechanical design as well as possess the ability to assess requirements and choose the most economical combination of part geometry and material properties to take full advantage of the additive manufacturing process. This will include material / design/ process risk assessments and selection, providing test plan execution, test data interpretation, and validation of part performance vs. end-use requirements. The position will also require the ability to resolve design-related performance issues
Eaton: Additive Manufacturing Engineering Specialist
This position is responsible for identifying and developing specific additive manufacturing opportunities in the MSD Division of Eaton Aerospace working closely with the MSD commercial team, product engineering, and customers. This position will lead the implementation of the additive manufacturing strategy for MSD. Other activities will include identifying and scoping potential collaborations, new business opportunities, specific program targets, and managing customer engagement. The individual selected for this role must have a strong and innovative engineering acumen and the technical capability to leverage the capabilities of additive manufacturing to identify novel solutions. The individual in this role will be looked upon to provide Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) training and guidance to product engineers. The role will lead the development of these opportunities serving as both the applications engineer and PreLaunch program manager who leads the IPT during early product development. The ability to influence decisions remotely will be critical for this role which has responsibility for multiple sites within the MSD division.
GE Aviation: Design Engineer – Additive Component Design
The Design Engineer – Additive Component Design will report to the Additive Design Manager in General Electric’s Advanced Technology organization at the West Chester, OH site. They will be responsible for the design, method development, and technical maturation of additively manufactured hardware on one of GE’s commercial products.
Beehive3D: Additive Manufacturing Project Engineer
The AM Project Engineer is a dynamic position whose function is to develop, manage, and support the metal 3D printing process for use in development of components for Aerospace and Defense applications. This position offers a unique opportunity to join a world class AM team in a company that offers stability, longevity and growth.
Ford: Additive Manufacturing Engineer
Take responsibility for developing advanced computational tools for additive manufacturing process optimization. Provide the Additive Manufacturing Research Team with support in the digital thread including: FEA modeling and simulation, structural dynamics analyses, design optimization, development of parametric generative design guidelines. Take responsibility to implement machine-learning models to aid the various aspects of AM process work stream. Participate in FEA modeling and simulation of AM process to microstructure; microstructure to properties; optimized design to performance. Take responsibility for designing 3D printed applications using design rules for relevant additive manufacturing processes, developing industry-specific design rules, integrating design rules into the digital thread for additive manufacturing. Redesign existing applications for part consolidation, shape optimization, cost optimization. Support team in 3D printing, materials development and process development
Modelab: computational designer
We are looking for a passionate computational designer to join our team in developing complex sustainable design solutions using advanced digital manufacturing and computational design processes.
A purpose-driven design lover who puts people and the planet first
Background in Product Design, Automotive/Transportation Design, or Architecture
Rigorous systems thinker inspired by both the art and science of computing=
Strong communication, presentation, interpersonal, and analytical skills
Ability to research, synthesize, design, and implement algorithms for an existing platform using one or more languages
Proficiency in a variety of CAD/DCC software and programming languages such as Adobe Illustrator, Blender, Houdini, Rhino/Grasshopper, Substance, Python, and C#, preferably in a production environment
Practical knowledge of technical considerations required when designing for advanced sustainability solutions
Practical knowledge of agile development practices is a plus
Experience delivering 3D software training is a plus
Interestingly most of the roles were based in the US, this may be a language filter or search algorithm bias. The Alexander Daniels report did find that from 2020 to 2021 there was an increase from 1300 to over 8000 open jobs in AM in Europe, compared to the US with an increase from 1850 to 8260 open jobs.
So the AM job market is definitely heating up, and the need for DfAM expertise is only going to increase.
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