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Engineer I - Materials Fabrication and Prototyping

Malibu, CA, USA Req #96
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

EDUCATION DESIRED: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in materials science, manufacturing or engineering with 3+ years of experience in materials characterization, hands-on fabrication and/or pilot-scale manufacturing


  • Assist in fabrication and prototyping of advanced materials including polymers, metals, composites and lightweight foams

  • Perform characterization testing of these materials and document results for technical team

  • Work independently, follow detailed work instructions, and suggest process improvements to streamline existing processes.

  • Develop standard operating procedures for scale-up and transition of manufacturing processes.

  • Lead maintenance and sustainment of advanced processing hardware including furnaces, ovens, film laminators and additive manufacturing systems

  • Duties may also include maintenance of stocks and supplies, monitoring of lab instrument calibration status, and ensuring overall laboratory upkeep.

  • Position will require frequent technical communication with team members, including oral and written reporting.


  • Experience with good lab practices (documentation, safety procedures) is essential.

  • Familiarity with processing and handling of polymer and metal foams, photopolymer and thermoset resins, and/or powdered metals is highly desirable.

  • Prior experience in development and documentation of pilot-scale manufacturing processes and transition of these processes to a large-scale manufacturing operation is highly desirable

  • Knowledge of machine tool operation or familiarity with additive manufacturing hardware (e.g. selective laser melting, vat photopolymerization) is a plus.

  • Hands-on experience in a lab or production setting with the fabrication of materials and structures is ideal.Previous experience with adhesive bonding or mechanical assembly are preferred.

  • Familiarity with process specification development, quality documents (e.g. ISO 9001) and testing standards (e.g. ASTM, IEEE) is desirable.


  • Knowledge of standard protocols for multi-step processing of materials is required.

  • Familiarity with scale-up of laboratory or pilot scale manufacturing processes is required

  • Knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry and materials science is required.

  • Knowledge of the basic principles of additive manufacturing is a plus.

  • Familiarity with quality specifications and product tracking (e.g. ISO 9001) is highly desirable

  • Attention to detail and the ability to follow detailed written instructions are essential.

  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) are required.

Essential Physical/Mental Requirements:

  • Applicant must be capable of working safely in a laboratory

  • Applicant must be capable of performing extended tasks at a laboratory bench, fume hood, glove box or computer workstation.

  • Must be able to learn and safely operate materials fabrication and analysis equipment.

  • Requires good laboratory practice, ability to document and communicate results, strong hands-on fabrication skills and safe handling of chemicals.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (e.g. driver’s license special tools or restrictions): U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status required.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.
We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Malibu, CA, USA