Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Open Positions

Additive Manufacturing Technician

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has moved quickly and aggressively to build its education and research programs in additive manufacturing. This includes investment in laser powder bed, electron beam powder bed and metal binder jet additive machines, adding new courses and degree programs, introducing industrial training opportunities and support, and continuing to advance cutting edge research that is transferable to industry.

The NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking a highly motivated individual to support the growth of its additive manufacturing research and education programs. The Additive Manufacturing Technician will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the entire additive manufacturing laboratory and its equipment. The individual will work alongside faculty, students and staff to plan, execute and support the needs of the NextManufacturing Center including the development and manufacture of parts for internal and external customers using our direct and indirect metals additive equipment.


  • Responsible for day-to-day equipment operations
  • Ensure all equipment is maintained properly and is at all times running efficiently. Troubleshoot electrical, mechanical, cooling and gas systems as needed
  • Maintain and oversee the schedule and work performed in the additive manufacturing laboratory
  • Maintain raw material and supply inventory for the additive manufacturing laboratory
  • Provide support to faculty, students, staff and external partners who utilize the equipment and services available via the additive manufacturing laboratory
  • Use STL CAD files and Magics software
  • Maintain and promote a positive and safe work environment

Physical Requirements

Primarily standing, concrete floor and frequently walking throughout manufacturing and related laboratories. Requires frequent lifting and moving of materials, supplies, parts, tools and equipment. Requires high manual dexterity, operation of hand tools and power tools. Must be comfortable working in a laboratory or industrial environment with a low to moderate level of background noise for extended periods of time. Ability to manually maneuver up to 75 lbs, and lift and carry up to 50 lbs is required.

Work Environment

Work will take place in the additive manufacturing and related laboratories, and includes the handling of metal powders used in additive machines. The individual must be able to wear a respirator during powder handling tasks and other typical laboratory safety equipment such as safety glasses and gloves.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Basic mechanical, math and personal computer skills
  • 1+ years of metal additive manufacturing experience
  • Excellent understanding of inner machine workings and external processes
  • Well practiced with machine set up, operation, maintenance and powder processing
  • Proficient with CAD files and MS office
  • Proven communication skills and capable of building strong working relations with co-workers
  • Skills for teaching/training additive machine operations to students and external customers
  • Talented with hand tools and measuring instruments
  • Familiar with general machine shop equipment and practices
  • Excellent time management and the able to work overtime and long hours if needed
  • Eye for detail and a methodical, tidy and careful work ethic

Preferred qualifications

  • Proficient with Solidworks and Magics
  • Understanding of post processing and QA processes for additive manufactured parts
  • Experience operating vacuum ovens and furnaces
  • Experience with safe handling and storage of metal powders
  • Experience with engineering alloys including stainless steels, aluminum, titanium and nickel-based alloys
  • Experience with metallurgy, metal casting and/or welding

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For additional information, contact:

Sandra DeVincent Wolf
Executive Director, NextManufacturing Center
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Scott Hall 6119
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
O: 412.268.6461
M: 724.816.1065