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Staff Mechanical Design Engineer

  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Engineering
  • JOB4828

Company Description

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare's hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture. Our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and achieve their highest potential.

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let's advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Job Description

Primary Function of Position:

Intuitive Surgical designs and manufactures highly complex robotic systems for use in minimally invasive surgical applications. Our systems engineering team is committed to utilizing cutting-edge research and technology to develop innovative design solutions for our current and next generation surgical robot systems.

We are seeking a candidate with exceptional machine design and analytical skills to maintain and improve the design, production, and service of the da Vinci® Surgical System. As a Staff Mechanical Engineer, your role is to utilize creativity and sound engineering judgment, as well as rigorous design analysis in the design of surgical robotics products.  You should be capable of performing root cause analysis of complex problems with electro-mechanical components, manufacturing process and system performance.  You will be responsible for identifying mechanical design and manufacturing process solutions to improve performance, cost, and reliability, and performing the development, documentation, verification and implementation of these solutions.  You will be expected to excel in a focused, high-energy, collaborative work environment with a team of talented engineers.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Work with or lead cross-functional project teams to design, develop, and verify new product design or modifications to robotic or other complex mechanisms.

  • Develop world-class designs that meet performance, reliability, manufacturability and cost targets.
  • Evaluate designs via prototype testing and rigorous mathematical analysis.
  • Investigate and determine root cause of both latent and emerging design, manufacturing, or material defects.
  • Develop, design, test, document, and implement solutions for these defects according to corporate standard and departmental operating procedures.
  • Design components and produce mechanical drawings in a government regulated environment for volume manufacturing processes, which may include cast metal, injection molded plastic, sheet metal stamped, and others.
  • Work with supplier engineering to identify, develop, and implement alternate part fabrication methods and sources to reduce hardware cost and/or improve strength of supply chain.
  • Develop and execute design verification/validation test protocols and document results in test reports.
  • Provide mechanical engineering support for resolution of field and manufacturing issues.
  • Support product risk assessments, Corrective and Preventive Actions, and quality/regulatory audits as required.
  • Provide advice, mentoring, and guidance to advance the technical and business expertise of colleagues.
  • Identify and implement best practices between teams and engineering departments.
  • Establish individual and team goals consistent with overall project goals.


Skills, Experience, Education, & Training:

  • Self-driven with the ability to excel in a high-energy, small, focused team environment, to maintain a strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward, and to make work fun and interesting.
  • Proven ability to identify issues, bring clarity and transparency, and to lead a team effectively to appropriate product solutions, backed up with solid engineering work
  • Ability to develop complex mechanical designs and convey them simply and clearly to others using basic engineering concepts
  • Comfortable with all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, implementation, debug, verification, qualification, and transfer to Manufacturing.
  • Understand concepts of design input, design output, requirement traceability, and FMEA risk analysis
  • Technical expertise with mechanism design, robotics and/or medical products
  • Design, manufacture and troubleshooting of electromechanical components and precision mechanical components
  • Mechanical design and analysis skills, including statics, dynamics, kinematics, strength of materials and stress analysis (FEA); familiarity with statistics and design of experiments
  • Proficiency at failure analysis
  • Fluency in ASME Y14.5 GD&T and tolerance stack analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a wide variety of manufacturing processes, including high-volume fabrication methods such as plastic injection molding, metal-injection molding, stamping, aluminum and steel casting (sand, investment, die).
  • Experience with Statistical Process Control in a production environment
  • Proficiency using CAD to design parts and assemblies and to create specification drawings in a PDM environment; Solidworks preferred.
  • Comfortable using Matlab, Python, SQL, or similar software, and able to learn new software or equipment quickly and thoroughly.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written, oral) across all levels and organizations.
  • Ability to mentor other engineers.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% time.
  • Minimum 8 years of industry experience designing commercial mechanical products with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar technical field, or minimum 12 years of industry experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Ideally 4+ years of medical design experience
  • Experience providing inputs to regulatory agency approval including UL, CE and FDA is a plus.
  • A real excitement to learn and get to the bottom of tough technical problems.
  • Passion for solving difficult technical challenges, and desire to share answers with the extended team.

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19.  Details can vary by role.

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates who do not reside, or plan to reside, in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits, and equity. It would not be typical for someone to be hired at the top end of range for the role, as actual pay will be determined based on several factors, including experience, skills, and qualifications. The target salary ranges are listed.

Base Salary Range Region 1: $162,500 - $233,900
Base Salary Range Region 2: $138,200 - $198,800
Shift: Day
Travel: 10% of the time
Workplace Type: Set Schedule - This job will be onsite weekly, the percentage of onsite work will be defined by the leader.

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