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Additive Manufacturing Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops and executes manufacturing process plans for additive manufacturing, which use a range of laser-based or advanced printing techniques to build up models layer by layer. Improves processes and plans, designs and executes tooling requirements. Develops operator training courses.

Job Outlook

There were 3 Additive Manufacturing Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 208 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Manufacturing Engineer industry, which includes the Additive Manufacturing Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Additive Manufacturing Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,672.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,686.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Additive Manufacturing Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $76,178.

Education and Experience

Posted Additive Manufacturing Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree54%
Master's Degree45%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other0%

Posted Additive Manufacturing Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years24%
3 to 5 years55%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years12%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Additive Manufacturing Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (45%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (40%)
  • Research (36%)
  • Problem Solving (26%)
  • Creativity (19%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing (AM) (100%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (33%)
  • Project Management (32%)
  • Materials Science (31%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (21%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Simulation (17%)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (15%)
  • Physics (15%)
  • Scheduling (14%)
  • Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CAD) (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Polymer Science (7%)
  • Ansys (5%)
  • Design for Manufacture/Design for Assembly (DFM/DFA) (5%)
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) (5%)
  • Thermoplastic (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Lean Six Sigma (5%) – marginal value $1,961
  • Six Sigma Black Belt (3%) – marginal value $1,580
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) (1%) – marginal value $1,568
  • Design for Manufacture/Design for Assembly (DFM/DFA) (5%) – marginal value $1,558
  • Mechanical Design (3%) – marginal value $1,484

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Additive Manufacturing Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Additive Manufacturing Engineer
  • Aerospace Fed Additive Manufacturing Engineering Specialist
  • Specialist Polymer Additive Manufacturing Engineer Design And Analysis
  • Manufacturing Engineer - Additive Manufacturing

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Additive Manufacturing Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Eaton (24)
  • General Motors (14)
  • The Boeing Company (14)
  • Danaher Corporation (7)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Incorporated (6)

North Carolina

  • Eaton (1)
  • Raytheon (1)
  • Bluesky Polymers (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!