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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-California-Sunnyvale-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 200829


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.

The Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer roll is expected to use machine design and analytical skills to conceptualize, develop and verify new mechanical designs. The Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer must utilize creativity and sound engineering judgment in the design of kinematics, robotic actuation and sensing solutions. They are responsible for key system components and will interface with suppliers and manufacturing to build high-quality hardware prototypes and productize new designs. They will be expected to excel in a focused, high-energy, collaborative work environment with a team of talented engineers. They should be capable of making sound decisions when faced with the time pressures, ambiguous, and incomplete information typical of research and development.

Roles & Responsibilities:

This position has responsibility and authority for: 

• Leading within multi-disciplinary teams to define requirements for new and current designs
• Influencing assembly architecture and designing 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 to satisfy requirements
• Designing for reliability, cost and manufacturability
• Collaborating with manufacturing to create product assembly tooling, fixtures and instructions
• Developing and performing component verification testing and product validation testing
• Supporting production of final product by troubleshooting process and component problems
• Providing engineering support to Manufacturing, Materials, Test Engineering, and Service to facilitate transfer of designs
• Selecting and managing vendors in the prototype phase
• Authoring concept and design documentation for a regulatory controlled environment
• Providing technical guidance and mentorship for less experienced team members.


Skills, Experience, Education, & Training:

• BSME, or similar. Post-graduate study or equivalent work experience preferred
• Minimum of 12 years of experience (or 8 years of experience with an MSME) with machine design, preferably robot design experience. Surgical product experience is a plus
• Interest in 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 all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, implementation, debug, verification, qualification, and transfer
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Previous product launch experience a plus
• Ability to execute and document component and assembly changes in an automated change control system and demonstrate that the changes were made properly
• 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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