updated 12:43 pm EST, Tue January 14, 2014
Apple continues to expand US manufacturing operations
Apple is continuing to slowly move some of its manufacturing processes back into the United States, according to new job listings uncovered by 9to5Mac. The Cupertino tech giant recently posted an opening for Manufacturing Design Engineers for iPods and iPhones, noting that the positions would be based in Mesa, Arizona. Apple previously had not disclosed what the Arizona facility would be used for, but it will apparently support the manufacturing of at least some elements of Apple's best-selling iPhones, as well as its iPod line.
The position calls for Design Engineers that will "provide end to end manufacturing and process solutions for key design features" for Apple's handheld products. The position will involve the development of equipment and process setup for surface finishing, glass processing, CNC machining, and more.
Successful candidates will often work with Apple's Industrial Design, Product Design, and Manufacturing Design partners, as well as the company's worldwide suppliers. The engineers will also be working relatively close to Apple's sapphire component supplier, GT Advanced Technology, which is also based in Mesa, Ariz.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously noted that several parts of the iPhone are already made in the United States, including its ARM processors and the Gorilla Glass used for its screen. Such statements from Cook have typically come in response to accusations that Apple - one of the most profitable corporations in the world , as well as one with a massive U.S. consumer cachet - wasn't doing enough to promote job creation in its home country.
Cook revealed last year that Apple would also be manufacturing a Mac computer in the United States. That computer turned out to be the high-end Mac Pro, which Apple revealed last summer and launched in December.