Automation Engineer, Mechanical

Cepheid - US
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Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Job Description

The Automation Engineer, Mechanical, position is responsible for the design, development, launch and documentation of complex, high speed assembly equipment used for the production of diagnostic disposables.  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 prototype fixtures is required. Position also requires interacting with contract manufacturers for outsourced projects.


  • Responsible for the design and development of automation projects including system architecture, user requirements, 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
  • 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 to design and build future automation lines  
  • 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

  • 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, Robotics and automation
  • Hands on experience with electro-mechanical troubleshooting in a high-volume automated manufacturing environment
  • Conceptual understanding of injection-molded plastic parts
  • 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 2012 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



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