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Failure Analysis Engineer

  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Engineering
  • REF12702P

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 the Position:

As a member of the manufacturing engineering team, you will work in a dynamic, fast paced, and challenging environment. You will be responsible for supporting production of DaVinci Surgical Robotic systems by applying your knowledge of system hardware, software, and electromechanical assemblies to perform failure analysis of non-conforming material. Your goal will be to improve the reliability and manufacturing yield of these surgical systems. 

Essential Job Duties

This position is highly collaborative, and strong communication and presentation skills will provide visibility amongst the engineering, production, and management teams. Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Creating and leading cross-functional engineering team meetings to address manufacturing issues. 
  • Identifying emerging manufacturing issues by using first pass yield data and statistical process controls, and defining the problem
  • Containing non-conforming or suspect manufacturing WIP
  • Purging inventory of non-conforming or suspect material
  • Performing failure analysis on non-conforming electrical and electromechanical assemblies utilizing design documentation, manufacturing test data, software tools, and a variety of lab / bench equipment.
  • Formulating corrective actions with cross functional teams
  • Validating corrective actions
  • Taking steps to ensure future prevention of the issues you have addressed

You will also be responsible for improvements on the manufacturing line including:

  • Manufacturing Qualifications, deviations, and part cut-ins.
  • Manufacturing process instructions and test spec updates

Through this process, you will deliver improvements in yield, reliability, serviceability, manufacturability, testability, capacity, and cost.


 Required Skills and Experience

  • Strong Troubleshooting mind set - an ability to methodically break down a system or process into subparts to identify failures and troubleshoot to a component level. Familiarity with 8D problem solving, Fishbone Diagraming, and the Five Whys.
  • Strong sense of curiosity and a willingness to always dig deeper.
  • Commitment to organized project/task tracking, and knowledge sharing using tools such as JIRA/Confluence.
  • Proven proficiency with use of EE lab equipment including: Oscilloscopes, Spectrum Analyzers, Power supplies, and Multimeters
  • Ability to read electronic schematics, assembly, and fabrication drawings

Required Education and Training

  • BS or MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science, or equivalent.

Working Conditions

  • None

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • “Self-starter” attitude and comfort in a hands-on environment, where he/she can demonstrate an ability to work with other engineers to influence product design to improve reliability.
  • Experience with prototyping using microcontrollers.
  • Experience with Matlab and/or Python
  • Familiarity with process statistics SPC
  • Familiarity with different motor and encoder topologies
  • Familiarity with digital communication protocols including SPI and I2C

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: $110,700 USD - $159,300 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $94,100 USD - $135,500 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: None
Workplace Type: Onsite - This job is fully onsite.

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