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R&D Technician


This position is one of several added in conjunction with our recent move and expansion in Lawrence!  



Lawrence MA-based, 99Degrees was founded in 2013 to transition US manufacturing into an advanced manufacturing industry through speed, agility, technology and a commitment to our region and workforce. We are a US contract manufacturer who produces technical activewear and wearable technologies for the most forward thinking global and high growth brands. We incubate advanced concepts, develop, prototype and sample, and produce in the US with unprecedented speed and agility. We have been recognized with top prizes from MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Competition, MassChallenge and EforAll business accelerators and have been featured on NPR, PRI, MSNBC, and in the Boston Globe.



In order for a US apparel manufacturer to compete in the global supply chain, we must combine unprecedented speed and agility with innovation and technology. We must not just focus on strong operations but we must look to the future to inform how we use semi automation, the engineering design process, and continuous improvement efforts to create new machinery, jigs, assists that will enable new levels of speed, agility, and efficiencies. Our R&D technicians, engineers, and innovation team lead these efforts.



This role requires that you put your technical expertise to work to research and develop equipment, manufacturing aids, and mechanical solutions that improve quality and efficiencies while reducing complexity and cost.  You will also:


  • Proactively identify areas for improvements.

  • Set up and operate production equipment in order to inspect and troubleshoot problems.

  • Design and create and/or source prototype parts, manufacturing aids, equipment, instrumentation, and fixtures to improve quality, efficiencies, and methods.

  • Execute testing and validation protocols to ensure your work’s quality, functionality, and adherence to specifications.

  • Create detailed documentation of suggested improvements. Generate new standard operating, testing, and quality procedures.

  • Participate in continuous improvement activities relating to development, manufacturing, testing, and innovation.

  • Collaborate with maintenance of the Machine Shop to strengthen internal problem solving, and technical capabilities.

  • And any other related task that the supervisor deems to be necessary.



Our ideal candidate will share our vision for the future of apparel manufacturing, will be a champion of our culture and 4 values. We're problem solving, collaborative, inclusive, and evolving. If you are too...

and have the following qualifications:



  • Technical Associates degree or equivalent experience.

  • Minimum 3-5 years in a manufacturing environment.



  • Bilingual – Spanish and English.

  • Creativity to think of new systems, processes, and methods.

  • Math skills to understand complex mathematical analysis, calculus, and math for design and troubleshooting.

  • Mechanical skills to understand mechanical concepts and processes easily, as well as use equipment and tools to generate continuous improvements.

  • Problem-solving to develop new solutions to problems, identify the source of the problem and create and test solutions.

  • Teamwork to understand bottlenecks, pain points, and challenges in order to develop systems and create solutions.

  • Listening skills to understand multiple perspectives and insights from workers, teammates and management.

  • Communication skills to communicate your plans, thoughts, and rationale.

  • Project management to manage time, supplies, personnel and company resources.

  • Basic machining to create solutions or work with machinists to create solutions.

  • Computer proficiency. Ability to use CAD programs like AutoCAD and Solidworks to design parts, Mechanical dexterity and technical drawing understanding.

  • Ability to perform minor electrical work (cable making, component replacement).


Please send a current resume and letter of interest /cover letter to to be considered for this R+D Technician position.

99Degrees Custom is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. 99Degrees Custom strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.


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