Manufacturing Design Engineer (MDE) Materials Process

Cupertino, CA 95014
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Posted: May 4, 2021

Role Number:200244245

Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experienc...Summary


Posted: May 4, 2021

Role Number:200244245

Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish.

The people here at Apple don't just create products - they create the kind of wonder that's revolutionized entire industries. It's the diversity of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Join Apple, and help us leave the world better than we found it.

The Apple Manufacturing Design Materials Process Engineer is accountable for leading the development and implementation of high precision and consistent material manufacturing processes across Apple's worldwide supply base. In this highly visible hands-on role, you will have direct frequent communication and collaboration with Apple Industrial Design, Product Design, and Manufacturing Design partners, as well as our worldwide suppliers. The MD Materials Process Engineer role is empowered and expected to bring creativity to Apple's manufacturing approach, enabling us to deliver our best work to as many customers as possible.

Key Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience in primary metal production, materials characterization, manufacturing engineering of metal components, tooling engineering of extruded or formed products, or similar roles
  • Able to apply core principles of Design of Experiment, Material Characterization, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and Statistical Process Control
  • Utilizes a hands-on approach to engineering and problem-solving
  • Demonstrates commitment and tenacity; a self-starter who learns quickly and adapts to find new solutions in the face of adversity
  • Communicates technical information clearly and persuasively in both written and verbal forms, adapting content to suit the intended audience
  • Employs project management tools to effectively plan and track work to completion; diligent and reliable in executing tasks independently
  • Experience on the shop floor, in a hobby or professional context, is preferred
  • Experience working with highly cosmetic parts or products is preferred


You will lead the creation, evaluation, and implementation of end-to-end manufacturing solutions for primary metals (aluminum extrusions, aluminum sheet, stainless steel sheet and bar, and many more) used as the building blocks of Apple's products. You will collaborate closely with colleagues in Quality Engineering, Global Supply Management, Product Design (PD), and Industrial Design (ID) in order to ensure our manufacturing solutions meet our product quality, cost, yield, capacity, schedule, cosmetic and environmental goals.

You will be expected to:
Evaluate product and ID goals to understand the dimensional, cosmetic, and functional priorities for the product
Collaborate with Global Supply Managers and Apple's manufacturing suppliers to align on a manufacturing development strategy with clear goals, and schedules
Identify and validate suitable fabrication equipment and processes to meet all Apple design and operational requirements
Develop and document processes including all parameters, consumables and secondary operation requirements to meet defined specifications
Conduct process optimization DOE's, using data driven and hands-on approaches together to find solutions to sophisticated challenges
Communicate ongoing process development status to partner teams and lead discussions to align design requirements with manufacturing capability
Provide leadership at global manufacturing sites during development and production ramp, identifying root causes of open issues and driving corrective actions to timely resolution

You may be asked to lead development in one or more of the following areas:
Development of aluminum extrusion profiles to meet dimension, mechanical and cosmetic requirements
Development of aluminum and stainless sheet in custom thickness profiles to meet mechanical and cosmetic requirements
Develop heat treatment profiles
Develop custom material characterization techniques
Perform failure and root cause analysis
Drive efforts to resolve challenging cosmetic and mechanical issues created by interaction of downstream processes with the material
Lead efforts to meet Apple's 2030 environmental initiatives
Collaborate with external vendors to ensure best in class practices across our primary metal supply chain
Design process improvement or process mapping DOEs to fully understand material and vendor performance
Analyze compositional performance and influences from casting on final product yield and performance

Education & Experience

BS or higher in materials science, mechanical engineering with materials emphasis, or related fields preferred

Additional Requirements

  • Apple is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant, please click here. Apple will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.
  • Apple will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.
  • Apple participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations as required by law.
  • Apple is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.

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