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Mechanical Engineering – Surgical Medical Instruments

Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-California-Sunnyvale-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 201207


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:

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. produces the da Vinci® Surgical System, a minimally invasive robotic surgery system that uses highly complex mechanics, replaceable instruments and accessories, and enhanced three-dimensional visualization to extend surgical technique and precision beyond the limits of the human hand.

The Mechanical Design Engineer will help develop new flexible instruments and accessories while addressing performance, cost, and reliability requirements and complete the development, documentation, and verification of those designs. The successful candidate will have both the technical depth to resolve complex mechanical, materials and manufacturing design issues and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team to troubleshoot to root cause higher level system issues. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required as well as a commitment to high product quality.

Roles and Responsibilities:

• Work in cross-functional project teams to design, develop and verify designs for flexible surgical instruments and accessories.
o Develop, implement, test and document new solutions, processes and designs according to corporate standard and departmental operating procedures
o Design and develop test fixtures to aid in testing and/or assembly of instruments
o Perform tests, critically analyze results and make design changes or recommendations to the design team
o Investigate and determine root cause of emerging design, manufacturing or material defects
o Provide support for pre-clinical and clinical labs
• Establish individual goals consistent with overall project goals


Skill/Job Requirements:

• BS Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or related engineering or scientific discipline required, MS or Higher Preferred. Advanced degrees may substitute for experience
• Minimum 1 to 6 years of experience developing commercial medical products. Experience with plastics, injection molding, and/or disposable medical products; as well as flexible surgical instruments are a strong plus.
• Familiar with all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, implementation, debug, verification, qualification, and transfer to Manufacturing.
• Proficiency using CAD to design and document mechanisms; SolidWorks preferred.
• Hands-on engineering with ability to work well in a team environment.
• Excellent written and communication skills.
• Able to understand releasing controlled medical device documentation such as design specifications, test reports or analogous required. Candidate may be familiar with concepts of design input, design output, traceability, and risk analysis
• Experience with sensors, and data analysis of sensor data with relation to physical properties
• Knowledge of component manufacturing processes
• Proficient at process development and creation of assembly instructions
• Ability to travel up to 10% time

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