MacRumors points us to a new job listing from Apple which seeks out a Manufacturing Design Engineer with expertise in advanced plastic tooling.
The job description reads:
Identify, develop and launch new tooling and process capabilities in support of new Apple product developments. Areas of focus will be “non-traditional” Apple plastic processing such as thermoforming, foam molding, blow molding, etc., and their application to new Apple products. The successful candidate will have demonstrated history of bringing new process and tooling technologies through a full development cycle and launch into high volume production.
•Identify and develop new plastic tooling and process techniques in support of new Apple products.
•Collaborate with supply management, product design, industrial design, and manufacturing engineering groups on material selection, design feasibility and aesthetics on parts using these new technologies
•Insure seamless transfer of knowledge of new process to supplier and Apple tooling engineers.
•Train engineers at supplier plants in Asia to utilize new tooling materials and fabrication techniques.