Engineering Technician at Intuitive

Posted in Other 10 days ago.

Location: Sunnyvale, California

Job Description:

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 New Product Verification Department is devoted to assuring safe, reliable, and effective products that exceed patient, surgeon, and hospital expectations. The department plays a vital role in product and process quality, in new product development and production, and in the quality of da Vinci Surgical System product lines, including endoscopic instrumentation, and supporting accessories. The Engineering Technician will work with a team of dedicated individuals within new product development to assure quality of new test methods; to identify issues related to testing and processes, and to work with Test Engineers to develop harmonized test methods.

Roles and Responsibilities:

This position has responsibility and authority for:

Protocol Execution & Reporting

  • Executes test protocols for clinically-based surgical simulation and automated testing utilizing da Vinci Surgical or Ion Endoluminal robots and other test equipment

  • Identifies and reports problems that arise during testing, and escalates new or persistent failure modes to appropriate engineering teams

  • Provides input on process and fixture improvement throughout test development and execution

  • Provides documentation to the cognizant Test Engineer that clearly indicates the results of product testing

  • Follows GDP (Good Documentation Process) when filling out test data sheets

  • Performs instrument, endoscope and accessory cleaning and reprocessing

Test Fixture Development

  • Supports Test engineers to designs test fixtures and other test aids needed to perform Design Verification and Life/ Reliability tests

Other Responsibilities

  • Ensures successful, on-time completion of department projects; communicates constraints to direct management when successful project completion is at risk

  • Performs a broad variety of tasks in support of product verification and test process design as assigned by department management

  • Complies with company Department and Standard Operating Procedures

  • Works with Lab Manager to ensure adequate supply of test articles and other equipment or material

  • Assembles electromechanically test equipment per bill of materials


Skill/Job Requirements:

  • Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or GED, along with experience working in a hardware production or test environment.

  • Language Skills: Ability to read, write and understand English. Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to other employees, supervisors, or engineers.

  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations. Ability to determine the minimum, maximum and nominal value when provided with a specification and a tolerance.

  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions. Ability to report quality issues. Ability to suggest simple process improvements. Must be a quick learner with the ability understand complex products and processes.

  • Computer skills: Ability to use personal computers as part of daily work. Ability to use on-line documentation.

  • Other skills and abilities: Ability to work varying shifts. Ability to work in a team environment. Ability to use basic tools and measuring equipment. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. Ability to multitask, and handle tasks with competing priorities effectively. Ability to work with biological samples, including blood, tissue and organs.

  • Integrity: Accepting and adhering to high ethical, moral, and personal values in decisions, communications, actions, and when dealing with others


  • Relevant experience in a medical device company

  • Experience with Matlab, Python, Solidworks or other CAD software.

  • Experience using Instron, Force Gauge, Calipers, Microscope.

We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits and equity, and the anticipated pay rate for this position is $56,300 to $76,100. 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 location, skills, and experience level.

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.

Shift : Day

Travel : 10% of the time

Travel Requirements:10% of the time Shift:Day
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