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Job ID: 235357

Laboratory Research Engineer
Auburn University

Date Posted Apr. 30, 2024
Title Laboratory Research Engineer
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Mechanical Engineering
The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) is accepting applications for a Laboratory Research Engineer. This position will work in a mechanical test laboratory and will be responsible for set up, operation, and upkeep of multiple MTS mechanical test stands, conduct exciting and innovative research in metal-additive manufacturing (AM) At NCAME, and be at the forefront of metal AM research and will gain hands-on experience defining the state of the art in AM processes and materials. NCAME research projects are sponsored by defense and aerospace agencies as well as industry.

As an NCAME Research Engineer, you will work in a mechanical test laboratory and will be responsible for set up, operation, and upkeep of multiple MTS mechanical test stands. You should have or be willing to gain a working knowledge of MTS servo hydraulic test systems, and the several types of static and dynamic tests performed on this equipment. You will also train graduate students to use this equipment for various tests as needed for specific projects.

About NCAME: NCAME was born for AM! NCAME was founded in 2017 through a collaboration between Auburn University (AU) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) leveraged by a signed AU/NASA Space Act Agreement. The Center is also a founding partner of the ASTM Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE). NCAME strives to be a transitioning mechanism from fundamental to applied research aligned with the needs of industry. The Center also aims to lead and foster effective collaborations amongst industry, government, academia, non-profit organizations, and ASTM committees for ensuring a coordinated, global effort toward rapidly closing standards and workforce development gaps in AM. Both Centers have vast membership networks with 100+ members within key industrial sectors, including among others GE, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Aerojet and Rocketdyne.

Some highlights of NCAME equipment:

Additive Machines - 8 L-PBF printers including EOS M-290 and Renishaw AM500Q Flex; one DED Printer; three more to be acquired this year.

Mechanical Testing Equipment - 14 mechanical test stands including three furnaces for high temperature testing up to 1500°C.

Materials Characterization Equipment - Zeiss scanning electron microscope, Zeiss X-ray microscope.

Sample Prep and Shop Equipment - Polisher, CNC lathe, wire-EDM, milling machine, heat treatment furnaces.

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