Staff Mechanical Design Engineer - Casting




Sunnyvale, CA

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    Position summary


    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 Staff Mechanical Engineer must utilize creativity and sound engineering judgment in the design of parts and subassemblies of next generation mechanical systems for medical capital equipment. The Staff Mechanical Engineer is expected to use machine design and analytical skills to conceptualize, develop, and verify new mechanical designs.

    They are responsible for major components from concept, design, verification, and product launch. They provide technical leadership, particularly in tooled parts, and inspire and guide and guide the team to successful product launches.

    The Staff Mechanical Engineer should be capable of making sound decisions when faced with time constraints and ambiguous or incomplete information typical a research and development environment. They will interface with suppliers and manufacturing to build high-quality hardware prototypes and productize new designs. Apply today and join one of the most exciting design teams working on world-class surgical robotics.

    A successful candidate may not have deep background in all of the roles and skills below. If you have background in several roles and skills you are encouraged to apply.

     Roles & Responsibilities:

    • Design components and produce mechanical drawings in a regulated environment for volume manufacturing processes. May include cast metal, injection molded plastic, sheet metal stamped, etc.
    • Author concept and design documentation for quality and regulatory audience in a design controlled environment
    • Perform various types of detailed engineering analyses (tolerance stack, process simulation, structural FEA) to ensure fit/form/function of complex tooled parts
    • Take responsibility for devising tooled part design strategy and drive projects to completion with passion and high energy
    • Play a leading role in designing and mentoring on tooled parts that meet design and process capability goals. Mentor vendors on tooling, fixtures and process
    • Support production via troubleshooting process and component problems, acting as a primary troubleshooter for line down issue recovery
    • Assist in development of long range tooled part strategies. Identify limitations of current vendors and/or manufacturing processes, and select and manage vendors/processes when necessary
    • Rapid development and iteration of full-scale prototypes of candidate designs and that satisfy design requirements
    • Collaborate with manufacturing to create product assembly tooling, fixtures and instructions
    • Develop and perform component verification testing


    Skills, Experience, Education, & Training:

    • Minmum BSME, or similar. Post-graduate study or equivalent work experience preferred
    • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience with machine design, preferably robot or mechanical systems design experience. Surgical product experience is a plus
    • Interest in the medical applications of robotics and mechanical systems
    • Strong aptitude for part / tooling design using some of the following processes: vacuum casting (V-process), tilt pour casting, plastic injection molding, sand casting, die casting, stampings, forgings, investment casting etc.
    • Demonstrated aptitude to improve tooled part yield issues
    • Strong experience in ASME https://Y14.5 GD&T
    • Passion for details in creating robust and reliable designs for mission-critical applications. Strong analysis, hands-on prototyping, and performance and reliability testing skills
    • Proficiency using CAD and advanced analysis tools to design components and assemblies and to create technical drawings in a PDM environment. SolidWorks experience preferred
    • Experience developing or closely reviewing casting simulation analyses. MagmaSoft, Flow-3d, Procast, etc is a plus
    • 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 (written, oral) and interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate effectively. Experience launching multiple products
    • Ability to execute and document component and assembly changes in an automated change control system and ability to demonstrate that the changes are justifiable through analysis and testing
    • Self-driven with the ability to excel in a high-energy, small, focused team environment and maintain a strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward. Contributes to a positive and fun work environment

    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.

    Preference will be given to qualified candidates who do not reside, or plan to reside, in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

    We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits, and equity. 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 experience, skills, and qualifications. The target salary ranges are listed.

    Base Salary Range Region 1: $162,500 - $233,900
    Base Salary Range Region 2: $138,200 - $198,800
    Shift: Day
    Travel: 10% of the time
    Workplace Type: Set Schedule - This job will be onsite weekly, the percentage of onsite work will be defined by the leader.

    Why you should apply for a job to Intuitive:

  • 80% say the CEO supports gender diversity
  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.