Apple to expand engineering center in San Diego, bringing workforce to 5,000 over five years
Apple plans to significantly increase its technical footprint in San Diego, committing to grow its local workforce to more than 5,000 employees over the next five years.
The iPhone maker presented its growth plan for the region on Monday, April 26, as part of a pledge to invest $ 430 billion and create 20,000 new jobs in the United States by 2026.
Apple’s move to accelerate U.S. investment includes a new billion-dollar campus and 3,000 employees in North Carolina, focused on machine learning and artificial intelligence. It also plans to expand an existing business center in Culver City to accommodate 3,000 workers.
Boston and Seattle are targeted for growth, as is Austin, which is in the throes of a billion-dollar campus expansion. Iowa will house a new data center.
But San Diego has an important role in Apple’s ambitions. At the end of 2018, the Cupertino company announced its intention to open an engineering center in San Diego focused on wireless technologies. A few months later, Apple announced that it would hire 1,200 workers in the region.
Today, the company has raised that number to 5,000. The San Diego employment target represents a 315% increase over previous projections from Apple.
“We are creating jobs in cutting-edge fields – from 5G to silicon engineering to artificial intelligence – by investing in the next generation of new innovative companies and in all our work, for a future greener and fairer, ”said Tim, Apple CEO. Cook in a statement.
Apple previously confirmed leases for approximately 300,000 square feet of office and laboratory space in two buildings on Towne Center Drive in University City. He also reportedly leased an additional 197,000 square foot building in Rancho Bernardo from Bay Area developer Jay Paul.
However, Apple would likely need significantly more real estate to accommodate a 5,000-employee workforce based on standard square footage per employee measurements common in the tech industry.
“We are proud to be a part of the San Diego community and to help create jobs and the city’s long-term economic development as we continue to grow our team here,” said Kristina Raspe, vice-president. President of Global Real Estate and
Apple facilities, in a statement.
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A company spokesperson declined to comment further on Apple’s current leases or potential future buildings.
Apple currently employs nearly 1,000 workers in San Diego. He said most of the jobs focus on hardware and software engineering.
There were 278 openings in San Diego listed on Apple’s website as of Sunday, April 25 – of which more than 200 have been released in the past few months. Many involve cellular processors and radio frequency engineering.
However, not all jobs are related to mobile hardware and software. Apple also advertises a security software engineer, touch sensor designer, audio firmware expert, and patent portfolio manager, among other positions.
“Apple is the foundation of our community, and we couldn’t be happier that they have chosen to expand and dramatically accelerate their growth here,” San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said in a statement.
With its recruitment plans intensified in the region, Apple will compete more with San Diego-based Qualcomm to attract local wireless talent.
In 2017, Apple launched a two-year legal battle against Qualcomm over patent fees. The companies settled in 2019 with Apple agreeing to a six-year patent license and a multi-year smartphone processor supply agreement that returned Qualcomm’s chips to 5G iPhones.
But Apple is working on designing its own cellular silicon to oust Qualcomm as a supplier – an effort that includes setting up a store in Qualcomm’s backyard.
Apple isn’t the only big tech company expanding in the region. Google recently announced that it will double its offices in San Diego. Amazon and Walmart Labs have also branched out locally in recent years to gain access to area university graduates.
But Apple has made the biggest push to date. “Apple bringing thousands of highly skilled jobs to San Diego County is a tremendous addition to our innovative economy,” Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the county board of supervisors, said in a statement. “I fully support this initiative from Apple and am ready to help their growth in San Diego.”
– Mike Freeman is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune