Intuitive Surgical Careers

Manufacturing engineer

Mexico-Mexicali, Mexico
Manufacturing & Operations

Job Description

Job: Manufacturing & Operations
Primary Location: Mexico-Baja California-Mexico-Mexicali
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 190903


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.
Primary Function of Position:
Contribute your leadership and technical skills in the areas of manufacturing process technologies, problem-solving, training, and project management in a growing medical device company.  In this key role, you will be the driving force behind Lean tool implementation and continuous improvement projects site-wide.  Your combination of training, motivational skills, analytical problem-solving ability, and passion for Lean manufacturing will be just the right fit for the manufacturing environment of  precision instruments for minimally invasive robotic surgery.
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Manufacturing responsibility for tooling/fixtures, manufacturing equipment and design improvements into production.
  • Evaluate and challenge mechanism designs for technical merit, reliability, serviceability and manufacturability. Provide suggested change proposals.
  • Provide mechanical design engineers with Design for Manufacturability (DFM) input to ensure consistency/commonality among hardware and standard part selections across product/sub-assembly lines.
  • Design, document, and create efficient “High-volume’ manufacturing assembly line including:
    • Workplace and flow process development
    • Specify, document, procure, repair, maintain, qualify, and implement fixtures, hand tools and equipment.
    • Determine and incorporate critical feature inspection and test checkpoints into process. Document if discrepancies, actions or steps required.
  • Approve design releases to manufacturing, review engineering documentation, provide vendor and in-house DFM inputs.
  • Review/approve and determine impact of ECOs from manufacturing and field perspective.
  • Take responsibility for developing and maintaining compliance with the quality system.
  • Evaluate and help in the selection of suppliers for mechanical parts if required. Help resolve supplier quality issues.
  • Hire, train, develop, and motivate production personnel to follow procedures, meet high quality standards, production schedules, and productivity requirements.
  • Update and revise Manufacturing Process Instructions (MPIs) to ensure accuracy and completeness
  • Address line support issues as they arise
  • Document and report any variances, problems, issues, or concerns on all aspects of the manufacturing process
  • Provide production personnel with expectations and performance feedback regularly
  • Drive improvements in safety, quality, production, and cost
  • Write and conduct formal annual performance reviews for production personnel
  • Plan, supervise, drive improvement, and report production performance including output, yields, root cause failures, efficiencies, and trends
  • Understand, train personnel, and enforce strict adherence to the applicable Department Operating Procedures (DOPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Quality System
  • Maintain up to date and accessible training records for MPIs and Quality System documents
  • Assist in setting and attaining quarterly and annual production goals
  • Learn and enforce company safety policies and practices
  • Investigate, lead or support sub-assembly or process outsourcing initiatives
  • Review/approve ECOs to determine impact on manufacturing and field perspective.
  • Review and disposition discrepant material.  Implement corrective actions to prevent recurrences.
  • Active participant in quality improvement initiatives, providing feed back to find and solve root cause of problems.
  • Evaluate designs for manufacturability (with respect to tooling and assembly methods).  Provide suggested change proposals, or tooling concepts during early design process phase.
  • Design and documentation responsibilities for custom and standard production tooling/fixtures.
  • Process and part design/documentation duties for cost reduction programs.


  • Strong Lean manufacturing implementation and training experience are an absolute requirement!  Six Sigma background and knowledge is also highly desirable.  Must be a hands-on team player with a broad background able to interact cross-functionally to develop improvement strategies and implement solutions.  We need someone with an unfailing commitment to continuous improvement. 
  • BSME required, MSME preferred.
  • Customs and material department knowledge preferred
  • Strong communications skills across team organizations and cultures.
  • Interface with shipping and receiving activities preferred.
  • Mid/high volume complex mechanism manufacturing engineering experience preferred.
  • New product introduction/development desirable. Robotics knowledge a plus.
  • Experienced in ISO 9001, or medical device manufacturing environment.
  • CAD experience preferred (ProE, AutoCAD).
  • Must  be able to speak, read and write in English.
  • Must be able to travel to the USA