Senior Mechanical Integration Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 6/21/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP002181

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).


The Sr. Mechanical Integration Design Engineer will be relied upon as a hands-on instrument packaging lead within in a fast-paced team that is developing Cepheid’s next generation medical diagnostic instrument platforms, lab automation and production systems. This role works within a team comprised of electrical, mechanical, software and optical engineers to design and productize molecular diagnostic systems that will be commercialized as key products in Cepheid's portfolio. You will take proven designs and further integrate them for lower cost, higher reliability, and higher performance when manufactured at large scale, working as the central liaison between industrial design, product design, and manufacturing engineering - you will know the “what,” the “how,” and the “who” can make the team’s design ideas reality on tight timelines.

Essential Job Responsibilities

• High level product experience of implementing volume manufacturing techniques - injection molding, die casting, stamped metal parts, etc.
• Identify and execute hands-on work with 3rd-party vendors to implement mechanical fabrication.
• Identify and lead team execution upon Valve Added Value Engineering (VAVE) activities for next-generation designs – includes intrinsic design ideals and product assembly techniques.
• Drive redesigns that address the determined root-cause and collaborate/perform/lead with other team members in the verification, validation and Change Order submission and implementation of the redesigns.

Job Requirements


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, or an equivalent technical discipline.
• A minimum 10 years of experience in proven, hands-on mechanical design/integration for commercial instrumentation/consumer products.
• Proven product development/commercialization experience within a risk-control framework.
• Knowledge in design methods that enable production of complex, integrated instrumentation for high-volume manufacture at low cost.
• Fast learner, self-motivated, willing to work outside the job description.
• Proficient in SolidWorks 2010+ and PDM Workgroup, with a working knowledge of advance analysis tools such as FEA, reliability, CFD and tolerance.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Knowledge and skills:

• Expert at designing production fixtures/assembly schemes for high-quality, low-cost manufacture.
• Demonstrated analytical/experimental problem-solving skills to understand hardware, software, reagents and consumables issues and to be able to quickly analyze and resolve system inter-operability problems.
• Demonstrated rigorous process discipline and documentation practices to assure functionality, safety, reliability and quality of the product.
• Can perform machining & similar fabrication techniques.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated technical writing skills.

Preferred requirements:

• Medical equipment product development/support experience.
• Experience designing successful integrated solutions for Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection.
• CNC machining experience.

Physical requirements/abilities

• Ability to lift 25 lbs.
• Must be able to perform routine laboratory tasks.

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 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.
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