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Watch Touch Hardware, Mechanical Engineer



Other Engineering
Cupertino, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024


Role Number:200517814
We live in a mobile and device driven world where knowledge of the physical world around us is needed. We rely on this knowledge to get around, to learn about our environment and to enable spectacular new features for custom applications. Apple is meeting those needs as robustly and as creatively as possible and is interested in people who want to help meet that commitment. The success we are striving will be the result of very skilled people working in an environment which cultivates creativity, partnership, and thinking of old problems in new ways. If that sounds like the kind of environment that you find intriguing, then let's talk. These elements come together to make Apple an amazing environment for motivated people to do the greatest work of their lives. You will become part of a team that sets the standard in fostering excellence, creativity and innovation. Will you help us design the next generation of revolutionary Apple products? The Apple Watch Touch team is looking for a talented mechanical engineer to influence new designs as well as own and drive validation for new products and sensing technologies. You will work within a cross-functional team of experts whose shared goal is to ship products that surprise and delight our customers and break new ground in technology. Millions of customers will interact with the hardware you invent, develop and validate.


You will work on the mechanical design, integration and validation of the next generation of Apple Watch touch sensors. You would work and learn alongside a talented group from many engineering fields including electrical engineering, thin-films, quality, process, reliability, and more. As your expertise grows within the role, you will inform hardware design that will shape and create new customer experiences. As one of the mechanical experts of touch technology, you will be responsible your piece of the project: - Identifying/brainstorming design solutions, grading risk, and informing final design. - Leading a cross-functional team through failure analysis to identify root-cause and inform corrective actions. - Coordinating and managing the path-to-closure on complex, multi-faceted issues. - Applying rigorous and thoughtful experimental design to reduce design risk/uncertainty as quickly as possible. - Running tolerance studies to ensure designs are feasible over manufacturing tolerances. - Communicating to Apple’s engineering leadership in concise, comprehensive technical depth. In the prototyping and validation phases, you will support external manufacturing vendors with process development and root cause analysis for issues found during testing. Support for our vendors includes international travel between 15% and 25%. At the end of the extraordinary team effort, your work will be in the hands of millions of people making a visible difference in their daily lives.

Minimum Qualifications

Key Qualifications

  • At least 4+ years of experience in a mechanical design, failure analysis, or validation role.
  • Ability to inform design intent (requirements) and define path-to-validation.
  • Ability to leverage various analysis techniques (tolerance analysis, FEA, CT, X-ray, FIB/SEM/EDX, Monte Carlo, design-of-experiments, etc.) to inform root cause.
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse cross-functional team and external vendors to achieve project goals.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills are required.
  • Familiarity with building 3D CAD and drafting 2D technical drawings is required.
  • Strong technical curiosity and desire to learn is required.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis in MATLAB or JMP is preferred, but not required.
  • Familiarity with sensor technology, analog/digital signals, flex circuits, IC packaging is preferred, but not required.

Preferred Qualifications

Education & Experience

BS and a minimum of 4 years relevant industry experience

Additional Requirements

Pay & Benefits

  • 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. Learn more about your EEO rights as an applicant.