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Mechanical Engineer - Automation and Tooling in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 1/8/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP002378

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


Job Summary

The Automation Engineer, Mechanical, is responsible for the design, development, documentation and production launch of complex, high speed assembly equipment. This equipment will be used in the assembly of high volume disposable diagnostics. The successful candidate will be responsible for system specification, machine tooling and fixture design. Hands on and supervisory experience of automated equipment assembly, electro-mechanical equipment and mechanical design of prototype fixtures is required. Position also requires interacting with contract manufacturers for outsourced projects.


•         Responsible for the design and development of automation projects including, initial concept, design requirements, system architecture, test plan, prototype fabrication /testing and final production release.

•         Create detailed documentation including but not limited to design input requirements, specifications, design of experiments, acceptance test and validation protocols, detailed drawings and bills of materials.

•         Selection and specification of machine components such as motors, pneumatics, conveyors and part feeding components.

•         Modify existing equipment to improve product quality, increase part throughput, decrease cost, and/ or strengthen safety measures.

•         Author test protocols, reports & manufacturing documents related to new processes

•         Creation of documentation ECO's, DCO's

•         Manage outside suppliers and contract manufacturers

•         Evaluate and recommend engineering changes to equipment or processes that will ensure maximum productivity

•         Maintain strict compliance with ISO13485, cGMP, QSR and other applicable Quality Management System standards

Job Requirements


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field; or, equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of mechanical design experience including but not limited to high speed assembly tools, precision mechanism, tooling and fixture design, Robotics and automation
  • Hands on experience with electro-mechanical troubleshooting of automated manufacturing environment
  • Conceptual understanding of plastic injection molding process
  • Experience in ISO13485 and Quality regulations environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven project management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills combined with a strong technical presence
  • Proficient in SolidWorks 2015 or later, PDM or EPDM preferred
  • Familiar with ANSI Y14.5-2009 and proficient in the use of GD&T as it applies to machined parts
  • 10% travel

Additional Data

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of PLC and machine controls is a plus.

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, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 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.