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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Engineering
  • JOB7430

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

The Senior Mechanical Design Engineer works in and/or leads cross-functional teams to develop, document, and validate new product designs of the da Vinci® Surgical System as well as improve existing designs to meet the needs of our customers.

Essential Job Duties

  • Create new product architectures for next generation instruments
  • Conceptualize and analyze complex electro-mechanical assemblies, create theoretical models, conduct empirical confirmation and perform computer assisted simulations
  • Design and develop mechanical parts and assemblies, with careful consideration for mechanical design, kinematics, materials (plastics & metals), and manufacturability
  • Create product functional requirements and design specifications
  • Perform design FMEA and support other risk analyses (clinical, process, supplier)
  • Develop and perform component verification testing and product validation testing
  • Provide engineering support to Manufacturing, Clinical, and Test Engineering teams to facilitate transfer of designs.
  • Work collaboratively with remote/hybrid team members and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Identify and research new vendors/processes to manufacture components


Required Skills and Experience

  • Comfortable with all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, analysis, debug, verification, transfer to manufacturing, and sustainment.
  • Understand concepts of design input, design output, requirement traceability, and FMEA risk analysis
  • Technical expertise with mechanism design, robotics and/or medical products
  • Mechanical analysis including statics, dynamics, kinematics, stress, fatigue, thermal, and reliability
  • Design, analyze and document components, structures, and mechanical assemblies in SolidWorks or similar CAD software
  • Strong understanding of component or material selection criteria, and design for reliability and manufacturability
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a wide variety of manufacturing processes with emphasis on high-volume processes
  • Technical communication skills with suppliers
  • Proficient in GD&T and tolerance stack analysis
  • Strong hands-on prototyping skills such as 3D Printing and machine shop equipment
  • Designing and executing experiments on strength or function
  • Capable of using MATLAB to create or modify test scripts and system software
  • Proficiency in failure analysis tools
  • Manufacturing process development and creation of assembly instructions
  • Demonstrated excitement to learn and quickly analyze tough technical problems
  • Passion for creating robust, reliable products with a strong commitment to quality
  • Sense of shared responsibility and reward
  • Experience leading departmental and cross-functional projects and strategic initiatives from concept through completion
  • Detail oriented and meticulous in documentation
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written, oral) across all levels and organizations
  • Skilled in digital collaboration tools in hybrid team environment
  • Ability to lead and mentor other engineers

Required Education and Training

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Biomedical or other engineering discipline may be acceptable with appropriate mechanical experience
  • Minimum 8 years of experience designing and manufacturing electromechanical products. Work experience in an FDA or other regulated industry preferred.

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: $143,500 USD - $206,500 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $122,000 USD - $175,600 USD
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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