Mechanical Design Engineer in Vista, California at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 10/18/2019

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Job ID: PAT000585

About Us

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps.  Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 9 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit  for more information.

Leica Biosystems Imaging, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.
All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of our pre-employment drug screening and background/criminal check. 

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Working closely with the Engineering and Manufacturing Teams, the Mechanical Design Engineer will design and integrate new ideas into a line of digital slide scanners. Digital scanner is a complex high precision and automated electro-mechanical instrument for high resolution scan of pathological samples. 

You will be an integral part of the VAVE (Value Added Value Engineering) initiative for cost and design optimization of the existing and new products. In addition to the sustainment of our current products, you will be a member of the design team for new products and responsible for new design and manufacturability aspects of it plus knowledge transfer to production. 

You will be expected to monitor all aspects of your design from inception to design verification/validation, production and finally to the end users. This is an exceptional opportunity for a creative person to invent new solutions in an exciting field as we expand our product capabilities. 

Major Responsibilities 
  • Design of new opto-mechanical & electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Leading Engineering Change Orders (change to the existing designs or introducing new designs plus V&V and release)
  • Design for Manufacturability\Serviceability for new developments and existing products 
  • Design of manufacturing fixtures for assembly/test and alignment of optical & electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Design Transfer to production
  • Interact with machine shops and vendors throughout the design cycle for optimizing the design from manufacturability and cost stand points
  • Design optimizing for cost and quality improvement 
  • Provide manufacturing and customer support

Job Requirements


  • BA/BS in Engineering (Mechanical, Electro-Mechanical, Mechatronics or other related majors) or equivalent
  • 4+ years experience as Mechanical or Electro-Mechanical Engineer or equivalent
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in SolidWorks  (or equivalent computer aided design tool)
  • Excellent detailed mechanical design skills, tolerance and error budget analysis
  • Experience in design of high precision instruments
  • Machine shop skills – moderate expertise
  • Experience in Design for Manufacturability and Reliability
  • Experience in Design and Process Failure Mode Analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
Desired Education/Skills/Experience 
  • Familiarity with stages, servo motors and motion control
  • Optical alignment concepts
  • Experience in the Medical Device/IVD or other regulated environments with exposure to design control regulations
  • Interest in photography, digital cameras 
  • Familiarity with oscilloscope, logic analyzer and other measurement equipment 
Location: Full time employment in Vista, California

Travel: 0%


Physical Demands & Working Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

(This includes office environment to a warehouse with cement floors, to an outdoor environment.   Include any unusual conditions, such as hazards, loud noise, and extreme temperatures)

Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, stand, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, bend, talk and hear.  
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  
Work environment:  While performing the duties of this job, most work is in an office environment setting.  Lighting and temperature are adequate.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
  • May be requested to work overtime and weekends for special program events

Diversity & Inclusion
At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.