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Looking for an Automation Engineering for Development of our 3D printer technology!

We are seeking a talented Automation Engineer who will strengthen the team and have a key role in development of our technological platform and core 3D-printing technology.

Work description

The person we are seeking will be heavily involved in the development of Automation systems for our 3D printer technology. It involves development of software in a team consisting of experts in metallurgy, process, control synthesis, sensors, signal processing and mechanical design. The role will work closely together with our leading automation engineer, and tasks are performed in close collaboration with our RPD part development teams of programmers and material, process and product experts.

The position is a member of the department Machine Design & Support, which is responsible for design, development and engineering of the RPD system.

We are urging highly motivated, hands-on and talented graduates within automation/cybernetics, with keen interest for control systems and a desire to work in the industry to apply for the position.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Have a MSc or BSc in automation or cybernetics
  • Have a few years work experience with software development for automation systems
  • Are experienced with Automation control systems, such as Siemens S7, Bosch Rexroth (CODESYS), etc.
  • Have knowledge of real-time programming and / or FPGA systems or embedded systems
  • Have a general overview of automation technology (PLC, process control, fieldbuses, networks, OPC, sensors, drives etc.)
  • Are practical and have hands-on experience
  • Work independently and structured
  • Have excellent collaboration skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously


We can offer you:

  • A highly skilled and multidisciplinary environment with creative and talented colleagues
  • Professional challenges and industrially practical issues
  • Opportunity to take part in the development of an international industrial group
  • Big impact on software development and our RPD technology
  • International environment, with the possibility of a future work period abroad
  • A knowledgeable, good and demanding working environment
  • Company Sports Club
  • Good pension and insurance plan
  • Competitive salary

Engineering students learn how to design bridges using 3D printing

3D Printing

Students in The University of New Mexico Department of Civil Engineering designed and built a railroad bridge this semester, which may not seem like an unusual feat for these students. But, this group of budding engineers did it a little differently – with the aid of 3D printing.

Students in Fernando Moreu’s Civil Engineering 410 (structural design for non-structural engineers) course were tasked with designing a bridge using the typical method of calculating load, stress, materials and other details, then putting them into blueprint form. But, instead of just putting them on paper or in a software program, they were assigned to take it a step further and actually put their designs into a 3D printer to build a miniature bridge to their specifications.

Moreu said the idea of using 3D printing in a classroom setting is very new. He got the idea to incorporate it into his class from a book he recently read called “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.

Student monitors fabrication

Student Michael McAninch supervises the fabrication of one of the floor beams at the Social Media Workgroup.

“Like sensors, 3D printing is one of those exponentially changing discoveries,” he said. “It’s a new idea now, but everybody will be using 3D printing in five years.”

Moreu, an assistant professor in civil engineering, said this gives students valuable experience in how engineers work in industry, translating plans into reality. The 3D printing component makes the numbers and blueprints more real, he said.

Students in the design course were tasked with completing design projects that expose them to real deadlines, engineering codes, deliverables, scheduling and a final presentation of their work to a hypothetical board of governors that selected the best group to do the project.

He said the students had to learn the 3D printing technology very quickly, and they had no problem being up to the task.

“The students didn’t know anything about 3D printing, so they had to learn,” Moreu said. “But it’s not a matter of being easy or hard. It was something they were interested in learning about, and because of that, they were able to learn fast.”

Students were able to use two 3D printers, in which they could print out different kinds of materials, through a partnership with the Social Media Workgroup at UNM and its director, Andrea Polli, a professor of art.

Moreu first offered the course in fall 2015, but added the 3D component this semester. Students in the course said the 3D experience was valuable to them.

“Normally we would use structural software for a project like this, but with this, I got a physical feel for what we were building,” said Aron Robbins, a senior in civil engineering.

Another student, Michael McAninch, a senior in civil engineering, said he thought what he learned in the project would be immediately transferrable to a career.

“It taught me about the process of a project, because with the 3D printers you can only print one piece of the project at a time, so you have to figure out which pieces to print in what order and how to put them together, just like in real life,” he said.

Students display model bridge

Students in Fernando Moreu’s class display a model of their bridge. 

Moreu said studying structures can be intimidating, especially for students not specializing in that area, but adding the 3D component in the course makes it easier to understand.

“There is a little fear of this area, but when they create something they can see and touch, it makes it seem less complicated and may even encourage some students to want to do further study in the area of structures,” he said. “It’s a great example of active learning and empowering students, and it allows them to see their work and catch mistakes early in the project.”

Moreu said he is planning to incorporate 3D printing into other courses in the future. He said in addition to the 3D component for this course, he incorporated guests from industry to speak to his class and included a segment at the beginning of the semester where students investigated the rail bridge on Central Avenue, becoming familiar with topics such as loading, impact, track design, cost-effective solutions and constructability.