RP salaries reported so far.....

From: Elaine Persall (persall@ces.clemson.edu)
Date: Mon Apr 14 1997 - 18:46:02 EEST

Check it out...........

>RP operator: 40-45K
>RP Manager: 55-70K
>RP post processor: 25-30K
>RP CAD: 32-45K
>RP technician: 35-45K

> RP operator: US 800.00
> RP Manager:US 2600.00
> RP post processor: US 800.00
> RP CAD:US US 800.00
> RP technician US 1000

> RP operator: Anywhere from $7/hr. to 36k/year. $7/hr will clean
machine, perform rough break-out. 36K will set up build, schedule part

builds, verify shrinkage, etc. Education is not important. Good math and

spacial skills needed for higher salary.
> RP Manager: For a large number of machines, with control of customer
service, would start at 45k with at least 5 years experience in RP field.

60k is more like it with ME or equiv. degree and experience at one of the

big guys (GM lab, 3D, DTM, Helisys, Boeing, etc.)
> RP post processor: $12/hr. is good average.
> RP CAD: $25/hr for Pro/E trained draftsman(or woman)
> RP technician $7/hr. for cleanup, etc., $10/hr. for build maintenance.

West: RP Everything (except CAD). $47,373
     Build models of mechanical parts from CAD design data using Rapid

     Prototyping equipment. Use system software to prepare input data.

     Schedule work to meet customer requirements. Keep records of incoming

     jobs and archives of data files. Comply with environmental and safety
     This job is approximately 30% computer work, 50% hands-on bench work,

     and 20% customer interface.
     Minimum Skills
     1. Familiarity with rudimentary DOS or UNIX commands.
     2. Familiarity with 3D CAD packages.
     3. Background as machine shop bench mechanic on small articles or as
hobbyist model builder.
     4. Chemical handling and safety procedures equivalent to high school
level chemistry lab experience.
     Additional Abilities Desired
     1. System administrator level knowledge of DOS and UNIX operating
     2. Parametric and explicit solids design with ComputerVison.
     3. Self-motivated with ability to resolve problems without
     Additional Job Requirements
     1. Adherence to chemical handling and lab safety procedures.
     2. Training in proper handling of hazardous materials and disposal of
hazardous waste.
     3. Record keeping and administrative duties, ordering of materials
and supplies.
     4. Must be able to perform detailed finishing of small and delicate
parts using hand tools.
     5. Equipment maintenance and repairs, housekeeping.
     6. Computer file maintenance.
     7. Due to the nature of the chemicals used, this job is not
recommended for wearers of contact lenses.

Opinions, suggestions, and other controversial matter VOID where prohibited.
Elaine (Persall) Hunt, Director
Clemson University Laboratory to Advance Industrial Prototyping
206 Fluor Daniel Bldg. Clemson, SC 29643-0925
864-656-0321 (voice) 864-656-4435 (fax)

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