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Advanced DfAM Additive Manufacturing Engineer

Location: El Cajon
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems. We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and proactive Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Engineer in our Additive Manufacturing (AM) department located in Poway, CA. This position will be involved in, and driving a diversified range of DfAM and AM-related software solution development and exploration efforts, both in support of our AM manufacturing and engineering development activities. This role will take the lead to support DfAM for multiple engineering application development, explore and qualify current and new software solutions to support both design and manufacturing of AM components, support manufacturing needs, as well as drive DfAM-related knowledge transfer efforts. Although this position 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 Design Engineering, Document Controls, M&P Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Engineering, while serving as subject matter expert (SME) to help integrate DfAM and Technical Data Package components into GA-ASI---s products, processes and its supply chain. This position will provide the candidate with a lead role opportunity into the growth of AM at GA-ASI. DUTES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Subject Matter Expert (SME) on DfAM techniques, industry best practices, and best SW solutions to support DfAM activities. Acting as key interface with design engineering stakeholders, with direct design efforts, and/or acting as DfAM advisor. Support and lead DfAM software technology exploration, assessment, incubation and documentation. Support and lead AM manufacturing simulation and build pre-compensation solution exploration, assessment, incubation and documentation. Support and drive design engineering---s learning and teaching of DfAM; lead the implementation of the training strategy and structure, as well as supporting engineering and manufacturing guideline documentation. Support manufacturing needs in generation of specialized support structures especially related to (but not limited to), metal LPBF using CAD or specialized SW such as Magics and others. Lead efforts to define and deploy AM Technical Data Package (TDP) within GA and with its AM suppliers. Support efforts to track and structure all TDP data, and the establishment of a database infrastructure to capture all AM-related data sets. Responsible for DfAM process development, documentation, qualification, implementation, and continuous improvement to enhance quality / yield, reduce cost, improve part performance and improve productivity / schedule. Support AM Manufacturing Engineers to implement lean manufacturing process improvement projects across several AM technologies (FDM, SLS, metal LPBF, metal DED, AM tooling, etc.). Participation in internal and external AM group representation (e.g. conferences, collaboration groups, executive management reviews, etc.) We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply. Job Qualifications: Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; five (5) or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, three (3) or more years of experience with a masters degree, or two (2) or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education. Strong mechanical engineering education or equivalent relevant experience. Material science is very valuable. Extensive direct experience with CAD design using either Solidworks, PTC Creo or Siemens Nx. Experience with other CAD design solutions are also valuable. Ability to demonstrate/provide examples of designs achieved is desired. Extensive experience with DfAM design techniques applied toward a variety of applications. Aviation-related application experience is very valuable. Significant experience with DfAM design best practices specifically applied to metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) technology, including support generation, build simulation, build orientation, part nesting, thermal management, material coupons, and post-processing. Direct experience with the entire metal LPBF AM workflow, from business considerations, design, pre-print considerations and planning, industrialization process (production use cases), printing, post-processing and part qualification process. Experience with AM-specialized SW solutions such as Magics, 3DXpert, Insight and/or others, for support generations, build orientation, as well as pre-build simulation and pre-compensation. Special emphasis on metal LPBF, but experience with plastic-base technologies such as FDM and SLS is highly desirable. Experience with generating DfAM training documentation and development of best practice methodology, as well as teaching other engineers. Experience with AM suppliers (service bureaus, materials, software and hardware providers, etc.) Background knowledge of conventional manufacturing processes (complementary to AM, such as CNC machining, casting, welding, etc.) Clearly and effectively communicate both verbally and in written form to both technical and non-technical audiences, especially regarding manufacturing processes, engineering issues and proposed changes, and quality issues and dispositions. Ability to form and foster rich AM networking and keep engaged. Experience with Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Project, Excel and Visio. Experience with Windchill and Teamcenter is desirable. Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment. Must be self-driven, like to innovate, and have a thirst to learn. Ability to influence others, lead small team, develop a plan and rally a team around it. Able to work extended hours and travel occasionally as required. Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret level clearance is required.

Keywords: GENERAL ATOMICS, El Cajon , Advanced DfAM Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Engineering , El Cajon, California

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