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Process & Application Development Technician (Bristol, UK)

03 November, 2022

Additive Industries

Additive Industries is accelerating industrial additive manufacturing by offering a modular 3D printing system and seamlessly integrated information platform to high-end and demanding industrial markets. With substantially improved reproducibility, productivity, and flexibility, Additive Industries redefines the business case for additive manufacturing applications in aerospace, automotive, medical technology and high-tech equipment. 

Function description
Additive Industries is looking for a Process & Application Development Technician to join the Additive Industries process and application development team in Bristol, UK. In this multidisciplinary team, you support the development programs running to enable continuous process improvement, new material development and customer applications projects by operating and maintaining the various test and manufacturing equipment located in the UK Centre.

Additive Industries successfully launched their industrial metal Additive Manufacturing system, the MetalFAB1. To support our customers, we develop the process parameters for various materials, new applications, and provide solutions for simulation and process monitoring of the AM process.

You will gain a fundamental understanding of the operation of the metallurgical analysis equipment in our internal lab, inspection equipment and the MetalFAB1, along with carrying out regular maintenance and calibration tasks to ensure process development tasks are supported. Examples of these activities include the development of laboratory documentation, performing mechanical and metallurgical tests, saving data, statistical data analysis, cleaning and calibration of laboratory equipment and ordering laboratory supplies.

You will communicate regularly with the P&AD team in the Additive Industries Eindhoven HQ to troubleshoot and execute critical tasks remotely, and work closely day to day with the process and application engineers in the UK facility.

As a Process & Application Development Technician, you will be working on a variety of tasks. You will be responsible for testing and assessing the quality of printed test coupons, and therefore certification of metal parts. You will follow the standard test procedures and carefully log, save and report the data. You will be responsible for maintaining material databases, job reports and laboratory documentation. You will also work directly with the MetalFAB1 and in support of the applications team when necessary, preparing job files to produce internal and customer demo parts.

 The ingredients for a successful performance are in sum:

  • Operating lab equipment and generating test reports
  • Execution of process development and testing in a structured and precise manner
  • Analyzing experimental results, data analysis and drafting conclusions
  • Documenting all test activities
  • Operating MetalFAB1 machine to produce samples and products
  • Generating build files and analysing data
  • Ability to inspect parts manufactured using various metrology tools
  • Able to work in an organized and structured manner
  • Knowledge about Additive Manufacturing is a plus

Reporting
The Process & Application Development Technician reports to the Head of Application Development

Knowledge and experience
Education:

  • Bachelor in an engineering discipline or
  • Relevant engineering apprenticeship program, or
  • Relevant industrial experience.

Experience/skills:

  • Pragmatic and hands-on mentality
  • Willingness to grow and learn
  • Analytically strong and systematic problem-solving mentality
  • Hands on experience with additive manufacturing processes is a plus
  • Practical experience with high-tech systems

Personality characteristics
Additive Industries is a young and quickly maturing professional organisation. We have developed a strong pragmatic team mentality in which we work and experiment together to achieve common goals. We are looking for a wide diversity of people coming from different backgrounds to join our organisation. We have formulated the following personal traits contributing to our professional mentality:

  • Open, confident and result driven
  • Driven by technical challenges, eager to learn and entrepreneurial
  • Proven Team player who takes ownership
  • Professional and structured
  • ‘Fun to work with’