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Industry 4.0 Student Lab Technician

University of Northern Iowa – Metal Casting Center
Foundry 4.0 Center (TechWorks Campus)

Student Design / Lab Technician
Student Designers & Lab Technicians will support both research and production activities under the guidance and direction of the Project Manager. Hands on, real world experience in mold/core and tooling design and process simulation in support of accelerating the adoption of Additive Manufacturing in the Metal Casting industry. Position activities may include the following:
  • CAD Mold & Core Design
  • CAD-to-PATH Robotic Offline Programming
  • Robotic programming applications for Material Handling & Machining
  • Mold Gating/Rigging Design
  • Fixture Design and Development
  • Solidification Simulation for Optimized Design
  • Laser Scanning for Reverse Engineering & Measurement
  • Conversion of Laser Scanning data to Solid Model Geometry
  • Additive Manufacturing Part Production Setup (Print Build)
Additive Manufacturing Lab:
  • 3D Sand Printing
  • Subtractive Manufacturing/Robotic Sand Milling
  • Investment Casting Expendable Patterns
  • Stereolithographic (SLA) printing
  • Wax printing
  • Binder Jet Plastic Printing (Wax Infiltrated PMMA)
  • Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
  • Automated investment casting shell building
Foundry 4.0 Center:
  • Process Sensor development and Data Acquisition applications
  • Robotic and Automation Setup & Programming applications

Job responsibilities will include the processing and operation of all technologies available, including multiple forms of additive manufacturing and polymer printing applications specific to investment casting pattern production supporting the Metal Casting industry. Responsibilities will also include supporting the installation and operation of all technologies available in the lab, post-processing of produced product as well as physical property testing and data collection/reporting. Student employees will be required to operate power tools and equipment as well as perform basic maintenance, troubleshooting, service and repairs of all the lab equipment under the guidance and direction of the Foundry 4.0 Center staff.

Students with interests in any area of science and technology are highly desired, including advanced manufacturing, metal casting, design, mechatronics, computer applications including programming, data management and information technology, chemistry, physics, etc...

Student employees are available to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. A minimum of 12 hours per week is expected, in minimum increments of 2-hour shifts. Outside of the academic year, students are encouraged to work 8 hours per day up to 40 hours per week (Semester breaks and Spring Break week). Employment is available year round based on the Metal Casting Center workload.