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CAD/CAM Programmer

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is seeking a CNC Programmer / Machining Research Engineer to work on collaborative teams with industry technical leaders, academic experts, and world-class researchers to develop and implement solutions for real-world challenges in advanced manufacturing.

 Job Description

The CAD/CAM Programmer will execute tasks related to conventional and non-conventional machining processes at CCAM. Industrial experience in machining is preferred. Technical activities could include:

  • CAD/CAM Programming
  • CNC Programming for multi-axis milling and turning applications
  • Execute tasks on conventional and non-conventional machining processes
  • Design, setup, drive execution, and evaluate results of machining tests
  • Provide expert advice on machining technologies for research in other areas
  • Design, build, and validate part production processes utilizing machining technologies

Minimum qualifications:

  • Five years’ experience CAD/CAM programming multi-axis CNC Machines.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in several of the following technical areas:
    • Mechanics of machining engineering materials
    • 5-axis CNC multi-task machining centers
    • Process control and improvement
    • Computer aided design and manufacturing
    • Emerging manufacturing technologies
  • Able to instruct and mentor novices in the above technical areas.

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Ten or more years’ experience conducting research in machining technology in academia and, preferably, industrial manufacturing
  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced with the following capabilities:
    • Mechanics of machining engineering materials
    • Experience with CAD/CAM for machining
    • Experience in the production of high-tech, high-value parts (such as for aerospace components)
    • Experience with machining high strength, hard metals (such as nickel superalloys)
    • Experience conducting and/or leading process improvement initiatives
  • Experience estimating schedules and costs for proposed research projects
  • Experience leading in a team environment

In this role you will help discover technology breakthroughs and developments that can influence global manufacturing. Researchers perform in a dynamic, collaborative environment with cross-functional teams, and work with research managers and customers to develop, define, and execute research programs. Researchers are expected to provide training to technicians, interns, and visiting researchers from industrial and academic partners.

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

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Qualified candidates must be able to obtain and maintain U.S. security clearance.

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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