Recycling Innovation Engineer Intern

Austin, Texas, United States
Operations and Supply Chain


Posted: Mar 19, 2019
Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 200044281
Are you a creative thinker and self-starter? Do you thrive in a startup-like environment and aspire to be a part of something bigger? Are you passionate about recycling and working towards a closed loop supply chain? As an Engineering Intern on Apple's Recycling Innovation Program, you will be a part of solving the difficult challenges on the path to a closed loop supply chain. We celebrate diversity and the innovation that it spurs in everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Join Apple, and help us leave the world better than we found it. About the Program: Apple is developing industry-leading disassembly technology to better take apart electronic products at end-of-life. Discrete disassembly allows a broader range of materials at a higher purity to be recovered from these products and integrated back into the supply chain — closing the loop on Apple products. Apple’s publicly announced projects, Liam and Daisy, are keystone projects to Apple’s closed loop supply chain goal and are a result of this program.

Key Qualifications

  • Must be a self starter with innovation, integrity and attention to details
  • Comfort and familiarity in working with machine shop tools and equipment
  • Strong working knowledge of automation equipment
  • Proven ability to execute on ideas through mechanical design and prototyping
  • Able to handle ambiguity and make decisions with uncertain or limited data
  • Interest in environmental topics, specifically: recycling, resource conservation, closed loop thinking
  • Able to communicate effectively in a worldwide environment and present findings with confidence, backed up by data, research, and prototyping results
  • Insatiable curiosity with an ability to effectively dig for answers and solutions


The candidate will be responsible for R&D, design, testing and qualifying of new recycling technologies to further Apple’s closed-loop goals. The candidate will work closely with the Apple engineering team to research and develop new recycling technologies, prove their feasibility and utility, and develop designs to enable the deployment of the technology. - Take on the responsibilities of the Directly Responsible Individual for assigned projects - Develop a project plan to work diligently towards finding the best solution for complex recycling challenges - Combine industry research with hands-on experimentation to inform selected solutions - Design and build prototypes to explore feasibility of proposed solutions and inform the design of scalable systems - Determine and recommend best path forward to move from lab-scale prototyping to scalable and deployable process - Generate required documentation to capture final solution details and transfer knowledge to deployment partners

Education & Experience

Undergraduate or graduate student working towards a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or related discipline with proven mechanical experience.

Additional Requirements

  • - Experience with basic machine shop equipment and safety procedures
  • - Proven experience designing and building prototypes
  • - Basic understanding of robotics (6-axis and/or SCARA), pneumatics, servo motors, motion controllers, PLC and and PC-based control systems
  • - Experience with CAD software
  • - Experience working with complex problems and engineering problem solving fundamentals
  • - Basic understanding of electronics recycling and material recovery (metallurgical) processes
  • - Basic understanding of consumer electronics market, components, manufacturing, and sourcing