Substrate PCB DFM Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States
Operations and Supply Chain


Role Number:200254897
Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish. The people here at Apple don’t just create products — they create the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries. It’s the diversity of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Join Apple, and help us leave the world better than we found it. Apple products are as alluring on the inside as they are on the outside. Inside every one of our products, are some of the world's most challenging consumer PCBA and Flex designs. Imagine yourself as a select member of the team that brings these assemblies from concept to high volume manufacturing.

Key Qualifications

  • 5 years experience with printed circuits including hands-on process engineering experience
  • Proven capability of qualifying new materials, chemistries, equipment sets and/or processes for high volume production
  • Solid understanding of industry specifications, especially IPC and JEDEC specifications
  • Understand the interaction between manufacturing processes and environments with printed circuit defect conditions, especially latent defects
  • Understand statistical process and quality control principles and be capable to apply statistical analysis methods to raw data sets
  • Understand the relationships between design rules, process capability, yield and product reliability and how to improve them


The Substrate PCB DFM Engineer will have a deep level of creativity and curiosity about materials science and electronic packaging at all levels. The responsibilities of this role include: • Maintenance of substrate or PCB design rules for all Apple products, as well as the technology roadmap and acceptability specification • Establishment and maintenance of supplier site, material and technology qualification matrix • Action as the directly responsible individual on all substrate and PCB related quality issues and excursions In the course of fulfilling these responsibilities the person in this role will: • Provide mentorship to product designers on available substrate and printed circuit board technologies and materials • You will interact with and guide PCB layout designers to select layer structures, design rule sets and practices • Work with design tool engineers to define and validate appropriate scripting, design rule checks, etc • You will support design for cost investigations as the liaison between engineering and procurement • Audit and assess PCB vendor production lines, including manufacturing techniques & quality control systems • Review new technology qualification & new product introduction first article data and make disposition decisions • You will drive corrective actions for PCB vendor issues using step-by-step methodology

Education & Experience

-BS or higher in materials science or chemical, mechanical or electrical engineering

Additional Requirements