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Sr. Machinist/ Prototype Lab Manager

Company:, Inc.
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Amazon Lab126 is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronics. Lab126 began in 2004 as a subsidiary of, Inc., originally creating the best-selling Kindle family of products. Since then, we have produced groundbreaking devices like Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo.

What will you help us create?

Work hard. Have fun. Make history.

The Role: We are a passionate team of inventers and artisans that work hard to drive new technology investigations, create novel solutions and deliver high-quality products for our customers. As Sr. Machinist/ Prototype Lab Manager, you will be responsible for leading mechanical prototype fabrication and machining operations for internal design engineering teams. You will help create a one-stop resource for mechanical prototypes by strategically scaling resources, optimizing lab processes and effectively balancing in-house and outside production.

This role is ideally suited for an experienced Prototype Builder, Machinist, and/or Shop Manager with strong leadership skills and passion for building exceptional teams, world-class machining facilities, and innovative products. You should have hands on experience with different lab management processes including applicable electrical, mechanical and environmental equipment, inventory management and the necessary infrastructure required to support engineering teams. In addition to hands-on fabrication your responsibilities will include keeping the shop and all equipment in it in good working condition and supplied with necessary materials, managing the consumables supply and waste disposal, day to day maintenance of the prototyping equipment, managing outside suppliers for service of the equipment when required, and making strategic recommendations for new equipment as part of our yearly budget planning.

As a local Machining Lead, you will be responsible for day-to-day operations, project scheduling, training/mentoring and overseeing other users in the shop. This includes controlling access permissions, confirming safety training requirements are met, assuring everyone uses the shop correctly and leaves it in the condition in which they entered, and most importantly that everyone is operating in a safe, clean and organized environment.

  • 3+ years of experience in shop management, building/leading teams and collaborating with design engineers
  • 5+ years of experience operating CNC and manual machines, including mills, lathes, grinders, band saws, etc.
  • Comfortable working in fast-paced, multi-project, multi-deadline, prototyping environment
  • Proficient with CAD/CAM software such as Mastercam, Rhinocam, Creo, Solidworks, Rhino, etc.
  • Proficient with 3-axis machining of complex parts with tight tolerances and developing custom fixtures, to support fabrication, as required
  • Excellent communication, organization and collaborative skills to come up with most efficient method of producing parts
  • Familiar with metrology and various measuring instruments for part inspections
  • Experience with 5-axis CNC machining
  • Experience working with metal 3D printers, EDM, laser cutter, tooling for injection molding
  • Experience in setting up lab infrastructure
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, model making or Journeyman certification and similar work experience

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit

Keywords:, Inc., Sunnyvale , Sr. Machinist/ Prototype Lab Manager, Other , Sunnyvale, California

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