CNC Engineering Designer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – I – Non-exempt
  • 04 – J – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Machine Shops
Full/Part Time:


The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State has openings for CNC Engineering Designers. Responsibilities include: Generate new or use existing solid models and other inputs to produce Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programs for the manufacture of highly complex parts by using accepted methods and techniques for internal and external customers; provide programming and support of complex research engineering programs utilizing computer aided design, databases, manufacturing, and/or inspection software tools; in collaboration with R&D engineers, engineering support specialists, and other senior personnel, provide recommendations on material selection, fixturing, ease of manufacturing and assembly, and cost-effective designs; utilize computer aided design software to create CNC tool paths, perform CMM inspections, and develop and utilize additive/subtractive manufacturing resources; provide leadership and direction to machinists, and for higher level positions, direct the work of junior employees and/or supervise the activities of the department; provide work status updates to senior employees and engineering staff; assist the department supervisor and senior employees in maintaining classified and unclassified documentation control; respond to requests for information from the manufacturing and assembly teams; participate in resolving system design conflicts; participate in design review meetings as requested; collaborate on and estimate work assignments and schedules for new hardware and incoming projects including design, programming, scheduling, and costing, ensure all hardware is manufactured in an efficient manner within budget and schedule, perform quick turnaround on CMM verification of internal and outside vendor supplied hardware, and work with shop employees and engineering groups to complete fabrication of test hardware within specifications. This job will be filled as a level 3 or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Associate's degree or higher in a Drafting or related discipline or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. An Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in Automated Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, or a related field, or a vocational certificate in machining trades, is desired. Experience in the following is preferred: Machine shop environment using traditional machine tools, to include additional experience using CAM/CMM software for multi-axis manufacturing and inspection; and additive/subtractive manufacturing. The following experience is required: Solid modeling CAD/CAM/CMM software (Siemens NX preferred) for the purpose of CNC machining; 3, 4, and 5 axis machining; and CAM/CMM software tools. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088