Intuitive Surgical Careers

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

US-CA-Sunnyvale, California

Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-California-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 183556


Company Description:

Intuitive Surgical: What Matters


Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

Position Summary:

Intuitive Surgical designs and manufactures complex robotic systems for use in minimally-invasive surgery. Our engineers are committed to leveraging cutting-edge research and technology to develop innovative design solutions for our current and next generation robotic systems and ultimately produce high quality products that benefit patients.

We are seeking a candidate with an analytical mind and exceptional machine design skills to conceptualize, develop and deliver new mechanical designs. As a Mechanical Design Engineer, your role is to use creativity and engineering judgment to design the kinematics, actuation and sensing solutions for our robots. You will be part of a team of talented engineers in a focused, high energy, collaborative work environment, challenged to make sound decisions when faced with the time pressures and ambiguous or incomplete information typical of research and development.

Roles and Responsibilities:

This position has responsibility and authority for:
• Work within multi-disciplinary teams to define requirements for new and current designs
• Development of mechanical assemblies, with careful consideration for drivetrain components, servo motors, sensors, safety mechanisms, and failure contingencies
• Rapid development and iteration of full-scale prototypes of candidate architectures and mechanism designs
• Design for reliability, cost and manufacturability
• Collaboration with manufacturing to create product assembly tooling, fixtures and instructions
• Collaboration with manufacturing to define assembly processes and fixtures, and with vendors on component fabrication methods
• Development and execution of design verification and product validation testing
• Support for testing and production of final product by troubleshooting emerging design, manufacturing or component issues
• Authorship of design documentation for a regulatory controlled environment


Skill/Job Requirements:

• BSME, or similar. Post-graduate study or equivalent work experience preferred.
• Minimum of 6 years of experience designing and engineering commercial mechanical and electromechanical products. Experience with mechanism design, robotics, and/or medical products are a strong plus.
• Excited about the medical applications of robotics
• Passion for details in creating robust and reliable machines designed for mission-critical applications
• Strong concept development, design analysis, hands-on prototyping, and performance and reliability testing skills
• Proficiency using CAD and advanced analysis tools to design mechanisms. SolidWorks experience preferred
• Thorough understanding of engineering materials, component selection criteria, and design for reliability and manufacturability
• Comfortable with the product development lifecycle including concept development, design, implementation, debug, verification, qualification, and transfer to manufacturing
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Diligence in documenting and executing changes in components, assemblies, processes, and work instructions in an automated change control system.
• 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.


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