El Segundo, CA
At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
We are focused on raising the bar on talent and dedicated to shaping an inclusive culture that drives excellence, innovation, and results by enabling talent acceleration and development, engagement, and the employee experience. The El Segundo R&D Innovation Team is a matrix organization within Beyond Meat that is dedicated to creating food products that are leading the gold standard in plant-based proteins. We are seeking a dependable, confident, innovative individual to join the Engineering Team as an Associate Engineer-CNC Machinist.
The CNC Machinist’s primary role is to bring CAD/CAM models to life with high precision, using a 5 axis Computer-Numeric-Controlled vertical milling machine. Most of the machining work needed to be done at Beyond Meat consists of one-off parts, mostly made of stainless steel. The role includes working with the engineering team to verify designs for manufacturability, ordering the appropriate raw materials and tooling as necessary, keeping the machine shop clean and organized, and of course, utilizing SolidWorks, CAM + machining.
Maintaining a high level of vigilance surrounding safety including but not limited to wearing proper PPE and reducing risk at all costs
Assessing, identifying, and developing manufacturing strategies for a variety of high precision parts (including 3D contouring), using trochoidal milling strategies (high-speed machining)
Understand specifications of the task at hand and the ability to read blueprints, schematics, manuals, and part drawings to achieve the desired result
Ability to set up and operate machine tools for drilling, milling, and grinding and use precision tools (e.g., calipers) for accurate measurements
Using HSM Works to program tool paths around a CAD model and setup of CNC Machines
Utilize Solidworks to help design and modify parts
NextGeneration Control experience not required, but helpful
Developing fixture strategies that make sense for the part at hand, including but not limited to the use of a vise, fixture plates, machining soft jaws, dovetail mounts, etc.
Prepare and load raw materials and parts onto the machines
Monitor machine while working to adjust the feed, maintain temperature and identify issues
Develop cost estimates, schedules, and execution plans for projects
Keeping part and file documentation
Perform other tasks and/or responsibilities as assigned
Follow safety requirements and maintain certifications
Inspect the machinery and product for quality assurance
Perform daily maintenance on the machinery
Handle materials appropriately and safely
Keep storage area and machinist shop organized and clean
Work closely with the entire engineering team to understand priorities and execute tasks in a timely manner
Identify any areas of deficiency in our machine capabilities and work with leadership to close gaps
Organize and maintain a safe and effective working environment in the machine shop
QUALIFICATIONS – Education, Technical Skills, and/or Previous Experience:
High School degree required; Trade school Certificate or Associate’s degree preferred in Mechanical Engineering or Machining Program (i.e., ACNC)
3+ years of experience setting up and operating CNC and/or manual machinery required in either professional coursework, apprenticeships, or internships
Experience with welding is a preferred (TIG welding of Stainless Steel preferred)
At least 6-months experience running 5-axis CNC machines
Knowledge of properties of metals and other materials
Strong math skills for inputting specific dimensions and figures into the CNC Machinery
Demonstrated problem solving skills to detect issues in the creation process and find solutions to ensure the machinery creates the product provided in the draft
Ability to independently manage multiple projects at the same time
Strong analytical, verbal and written communication, and computer skills required
Ability to collaborate with cross functional teams and aid in setting priorities
The ability to work closely with a manager by communicating ongoing progress updates
The ability to work in a team environment and be self-directed at times
This position may require the ability to work rotating shifts or beyond business hours
High attention to detail, excellent manual dexterity, accurate, and self-motivated
Supervisory Duties (If Applicable)
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Position requires the physical stamina to stand or sit for prolonged periods, climb, kneel, bend, and consistently lift up to 50 lbs.
Position located in a mix of typical laboratory, and office environments, and requires a tolerance for high worker traffic, close quarters, noise, odors, dust, periodically wet and dirty floors, and varying room temperatures and lighting
The position will require travel to facilities as well as vendor and customer locations across North America (Travel estimated to be 5-10%)
Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.
Please note that Beyond Meat has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. All U.S. employees who (a) physically enter a Beyond Meat facility in the United States, (b) represent Beyond Meat at work-related events, including but not limited to trade shows and product demonstrations, or (c) physically enter customer or potential customer sites in connection with their work for Beyond Meat must take all necessary steps to be Fully Vaccinated as a condition of employment, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.