Job no: 502195 Position type: Full-Time 12-Month Department: 194100 - Advanced Composites Institute Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS Categories: Professional Position Open Date: Mar 19 2021
Mississippi State University (MSU) is seeking a composite fabrication and assembly technician based at the Advanced Composites Institute in Starkville, MS. The institute conducts industry and government sponsored collaborative research in the field of advanced composite structures leveraging resin infusion and stitched dry fiber preform technology in addition to traditional composite methodologies. It serves as the focal point of inter-departmental research and education by providing exposure to industry focused advanced research in a cooperative environment working directly with technology leading experts. Mission objectives for the Institute include the development of advanced design-build concepts for high-rate manufacturing. The institute serves as an expert resource for technology development in the aerospace, automotive, marine, ballistics, and energy sectors.
The Advanced Composites Institute, or ACI, focuses on pioneering transformational composite technologies in a variety of critical sectors, including aerospace, civil, military, energy, automotive and other emerging markets. It was created at MSU with the donation of a revolutionary stitched composite process and equipment originally developed at NASA by pioneering scientist Marvin B. Dow.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The functions of the position include but are not limited to the following:
1. Perform kitting, lay-up, bagging, curing, and final assembly of composite parts. 2. Prepare tools and molds for lay-up. 3. Work with various dry fiber-based materials. 4. CNC ply cutting, layup, form and assemble dry fabrics to produce preforms as directed. 5. Perform resin infusion processing of dry fiber preforms as directed. 6. Complete all planning paperwork throughout the production process. 7. Perform daily housekeeping of work area. 8. Conducts tours, demonstrations, and presentations in support of university public relations, marketing, and business development. 9. Oversee fabrication and test apparatus 10. Provides design input to enhance function ability and service ability of research apparatus. 11. Oversees assembly and/or installation of equipment and instrumentation in the high bay and laboratories. 12. Coordinates fabrication by outside vendors to assure acceptability of products. 13. Develops infrastructure to facilitate provision of electrical, thermal, and mechanical services to high bay and laboratories. 14. Perform related duties as assigned.
High School diploma Four years' composite experience
* Training beyond a high school level in composites and ten years of experience in an industrial or academic research setting is desired. * Experience working in a research setting subject to exacting quality assurance requirements. * Training and experience in machining and welding components. * Ability to weld the full range of metals with respect to composition and thickness without damaging fragile components. * Competency in plumbing, carpentry, and maintenance of mechanical systems.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
* Machining component parts to tight tolerances and in accordance with ISO or other quality assurance requirements. * Skills in operation of equipment such as forklifts. * Knowledge of composite fabrication techniques, including lay-up, mold preparation, handling and forming of pre-impregnated materials, vacuum bag application and testing, and the curing cycle process for both oven and autoclave. * Knowledge of new product introduction (1st part process development) and production part process development. * Knowledge of the aerospace, automotive, marine, ballistics, and energy industry, including key manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and integrators. * Knowledge of Microsoft Office and computer-based systems. * Skill in the selection and use of appropriate materials and components for composite products. * Skill in handling, using, and storing materials and components used in composites. * Skill in modifying and repairing composite components. * Skill in the composition, mixing, and adjustment of resin chemicals for composite products and conditions. * Skill in the selection and use of appropriate joining techniques. * Skill in handling of dry carbon fiber and glass fiber-based fabrics for assembly of preforms for subsequent resin infusion processing. * Skill in vacuum bagging preforms and resin infusion processing. * Skill in working with various adhesive types and forms, such as epoxy paste and film. * Ability to perform basic math and geometry/trigonometry, including angle measurement and calculation, conversion of fractions to decimal equivalents, etc. * Ability and mechanical aptitude to operate cutting equipment such as computer controlled cutting tables (Gerber or GFM machine), knives and shears. * Ability to use basic measuring tools including tape measure, calipers, and scales. * Ability to hand-work composites through use of small hand tools including routers, die grinder, band saw, Dremel tool, etc. * Ability to work alone and to complete tasks with minimal supervision. * Ability to read and interpret detailed engineering drawings. * Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse team.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work in shop environment standing on a concrete floor for up to hour hours at a time with a relative humidity of 20-90% and room temperature of 70-90degF. Regularly involves lifting, bending, or other physical exertion. Often exposed to one or more elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., with one often to the point of being objectionable. Injuries may require professional treatment. Wear personal protective equipment most of the day correctly. Routine deadlines: usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor. Job frequently requires standing, walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hand, and lifting up to 50 pounds. Job occasionally requires climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting more than 100 pounds.
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Mississippi State University represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting institutions and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1-Very High Research Activity University. Also, a National Science Foundation “Top 100” research University, MSU shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, and values the talents of our distinguished faculty, staff, and student scholars. Here, a culture of inclusion is fostered and we’re driven each day to make a difference at the local, state, regional, national and global levels. At Mississippi State University we invite you to join us as we continue our momentum in research, teaching, and service.
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