Senior Tooling Engineer Surface , Microsoft Devices Group on the Surface product in Redmond, WA

TitleSenior Tooling Engineer Surface
CategoryHardware Engineering
LocationRedmond, WA
DivisionMicrosoft Devices Group
Date AddedJanuary 28, 2015
Open Positions1

Are you passionate about building cool devices and technologies? The Surface Team focuses on lighting up Microsoft experiences with touch first computing. A fundamental part of our strategy is having desirable and powerful devices that enable the experiences people want, and elicit their excitement. Creating these devices involves a close partnership between hardware and software engineers, designers, and manufacturing. We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!

The Surface development team is looking for a Senior Tooling Engineer with a proven track record to play a critical role in researching, scoping, costing, planning and implementing various tooling, part manufacturing and finishing processes to successfully deliver cutting edge touch based computing devices. The candidate will be a subject matter expert in a wide range of state of the art manufacturing processes and techniques commensurate with the expectation for leading edge electronics device aesthetics, quality, fit and finish. Preferred candidates will have an outstanding track record in delivering tooling / manufacturing processes in the delivery of compelling new devices in the electronics industry.

Responsibilities include:

Investigation, evaluation, and selection of process and tooling technologies capable of delivering part designs to meet product requirements.
Provide continuous feedback on manufacturing feasibility to product design team and industrial designers.
Detailed tooling project planning to successfully execute on delivery dates & selection of tooling partners for participation in the delivery of chosen technologies.
Drive new technology adoption for finishing techniques and integration to fulfill the goals of industrial design.
Research materials (plastics/metals/glass/composites) and tooling technologies to deliver on product expectations/requirements.
Drive vendor capability assessments, and quotations for prototype and production tooling, manufacturing and finishing processes with depth of detail on capital equipment planning, production materials requirements, fixturing and post machining planning, finishing, set-up costs, rates and lead-times.
In conjunction with device design team and procurement, make tooling vendors selections.
Coordinates all activities relating to tool and manufactured part planning to make initial cost estimates supporting the development schedules, and cost down planning to meet cost goals by production launch.
Detailed review of all tool designs with vendors.
Complete PPAP responsibility on all tooling and manufacturing processes to meet development schedules, quality requirements and yield rates. Sign off responsibility on new tooling and manufacturing process readiness for volume production.
Drive continuous improvements to optimize yield rates and process capabilities to meet business needs and cost goals.
Interface across multiple product development disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, Procurement, Supplier Quality, Manufacturing/Assembly, Program Management.


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Plastics engineering or equivalent.
8+ years of experience in med-high volume tooling and manufacturing methods for high end electronic devices.
Extensive experience with
- Injection molding (including; multi-shot and insert molding).
- Plastics and metals materials knowledge.
- Compression molding / Liquid injection molding.
- Metal fabrication methods; progressive die / stage tooling for sheet metal, die-casting (aluminum / magnesium), Metal injection molding, Forging/Forming, Extrusion and medium-high volume machining.
Familiar with numerous finishing processes; including but not limited to: PVD, NCVM, Anodizing, plating, painting, polishing, chemical etching.
Proven track record in selection and management of multiple vendors to support development schedules and volume production.
Very good knowledge of part manufactured costs estimates.
Excellent track record in dealing with fast turn prototyping tooling.
3D CAD Skills (Pro-Engineer) preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication and program management skills.

The candidate must be willing and able to travel (domestic and international) to support all related development activities.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.
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