Co-Op - Extrusion Engineer

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For Spring 2022 Semester

As an Extrusion Engineer Co-Op on the Manufacturing Team, you will learn the end-to-end production process of our plastic and composite filament materials - from filament extrusion, drying, to finished good packaging.  In this role, you will interface with material scientists, scale-up engineers, and industry professionals to continuously improve, optimize, and scale our manufacturing operations.  You will report to the Engineering Manager and will make a strong addition to our growing advanced manufacturing team. This role is critical to ensure that Markforged maintains high quality standards as we expand our industry-leading portfolio of 3D printable plastic and composite materials.  This is an exciting opportunity to be hands-on and drive innovation on the ground level to make an impact in the rapidly growing field of additive manufacturing.

Possibilities Abound for our Co-Ops!
  • Collaborate in the production process on existing metal filament products - from pellet feedstock to finished good
  • Constantly seek and drive continuous improvement initiatives that make a positive impact to yield, uptime, cost, quality, and production attainment metrics
  • Explore the transition of new metal materials from the NPI development phases, through manufacturing pilot, and into sustained production launch 
  • Stay up-to-date with latest industry technology, and become a subject-matter-expert (SME) on metal compounding/extrusion processes as it relates to mass manufacturing  
  • Participate in meetings with manufacturing leadership and learn to communicate a clear future vision with a solid understanding of major risks/opportunities
  • Regularly update PFMEA, control plans, and troubleshooting guides to mitigate quality and safety risks and minimize unplanned production downtime 
  • Review / produce high-quality process documentation (SOPs / WIs) and conduct necessary training with relevant production staff across shifts
  • Participate in kaizen projects based on operator feedback and interactions with production staff 
  • Work with Reliability Team to establish proactive condition-based maintenance protocols for all production equipment and assets  
  • Collaborate with Data Systems Team to set up data model and production dashboards that enable accurate KPI tracking/reporting 
  • Maintain functional alignment with the Materials, Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Product team to ensure success throughout a project or product life-cycle. 
  • Execute verification/validation test plans, manage engineering change records (ECO), and coordinate production cut-ins. 
  • Experience working with high volume extrusion lines, single/twin screw extruders, and physical/mechanical testing of polymers (TGA, moisture analysis, tensile properties, rheology)

Important Note: 

Although we list out what we generally look for, we are very likely missing other attributes and skills that you have that could make you a great fit but are not currently listed. Research has shown this especially applies to women and other marginalized groups, who tend to apply if they check 100% of every box, versus men who apply if they hit roughly 60%. The point we’re getting at, it doesn’t hurt to take a chance and apply!

What you have:
  • Passion for manufacturing and continuous improvement
  • Working toward a Bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline (Materials Science, Plastics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Polymer Science)
  • Bonus if have 1 previous internship or relevant work experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Has had exposure to manufacturing principles such as Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen, and 5S
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings, equipment user manuals, and engineering schematics 
  • Strong analytical skills in Statistical Process Control SPC (Minitab / Excel)
  • Knowledge of root cause analysis and problem-solving methodologies, such as A3 or 8D
  • 3D modeling experience in Solidworks a plus
  • Experience working with manufacturing SCADA systems and business MRP/ERP is a plus
  • Familiarity with QMS systems, OSHA compliance, and ISO 9001 standards
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills - can convey complex technical topics in simple terms 
  • Not afraid to challenge the status quo and can escalate issues when appropriate
Why Markforged?
Help us reinvent manufacturing. 
We are reinventing manufacturing so that engineers can build anything they imagine.
 
We are one team that wins together!
You will be engaging every day with passionate and dedicated individuals in a collaborative environment working towards making best-in-class products.
 
Perks & Benefits
For all US-based roles, we offer a competitive compensation package and a full suite of benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401(k), parental leave, commuter benefits, open PTO policy, and more. Our work environment includes casual dress, a fully stocked kitchen, bike storage, free parking, weekly catered lunches, and fitness perks. You will have unlimited access to our 3D printers for professional and personal parts!
 
Please be aware that the Company requires all employees [who are required to work onsite, whether regularly or sporadically] to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This position will require the successful candidate to obtain [show proof of] a vaccination. The Company is an equal opportunity employer, and will provide reasonable accommodation to those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated consistent with federal, state, and local law.
 
Markforged values the differences among our employees and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. These differences include but are not limited to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. This goal emphasizes the development of inclusive work environments that capitalize on each employee’s skills, experience, and unique perspectives as we strive to achieve an unparalleled standard of excellence.
 
To all recruitment agencies: Markforged does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias or Markforged employees. Markforged is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.
 
 
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480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

An Insider's view of Markforged

What are some social events your company does?

Our office has periodic happy hours and company offsite parties, as well as a weekly all-hands meeting where different teams present and lunch is served.

Daniel

Content Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

Every day for me is a little different. Typically, I'd start the day by checking on the results of some multi-day experiments or pull parts out of experimental furnace runs for our metal system. Later in the day, I'd kick off the next set of experiments, which could be something like a regular print or a special furnace run.

Michelle

Materials R&D Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

We're taking risks here with new technology, and we're asking our clients and partners to do a lot of the same, but we have data that shows that it's worth it. And as we move forward, we're going to continue needing the space. Be ready to move fast, learn, and adapt to changes as they come and as we scale.

Lauren

Enterprise Business Development Representative

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

For the last hundred years, machines have been unaware of what they’re creating and would happily waste millions of dollars producing out-of-spec parts. We’re going to fix that by connecting the machines that make parts, and the ones that inspect them, with a powerful AI software.

Greg Mark

Chairman of the Board

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

I think one of the most challenging things as a print systems engineer is learning all the technical and non-technical aspects of our business. We have to know a lot, kind of like a jack of all trades. We have to have our fingers on the pulse of a lot of different teams so that we have a holistic picture of what's going on.

Dalton

Print Systems Engineer

What are Markforged Perks + Benefits

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
We sponsor a Distinguished Black Engineer scholarship and Female Engineer scholarship through Bold.Org
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Markforged provides up to 12 weeks of parental leave to eligible employees.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Work remotely on occasion as needed - especially during COVID no one is required to be in office unless deemed essential.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Markforged has a take what you need vacation policy.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
We have plenty of controllers for video games - and ping pong tables in both offices.
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks, hot and cold coffee, gourmet tea selection, soda, Soylent, yogurt, string cheese, fruit and veggies!
Some Meals Provided
Markforged provides free catered lunch every Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Weekly Friday happy hours and quarterly Work Anniversary Celebrations.
Parking
Free, dedicated employee parking lots.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Markforged offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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