Senior Controls Engineer

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Executive / senior industry position

Careers that Change Lives SUMMARY OF POSITION:The Senior Controls Engineer will provide expertise in the specification, development, validation and commissioning of production assembly tooling and automation equipment in support of New Product Development (NPD) efforts for innovative surgical devices. As a key member of project Extended Teams, the Senior Controls Engineer will confer with R&D to specify component part and sub-assembly design characteristics to optimize assembly, functionality, cost and quality.  He/she will also work directly with Sourcing, Quality and approved Suppliers in support of equipment design, assembly process strategy and acceptance testing to meet or exceed project milestones and overall business Time to Market (TTM) requirements.  The Senior Controls Engineer will work under the direction of a Sr. Advanced Engineering Manager in a fast-paced collaborative environment supportive of program initiatives and compliant with company best practices.  ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:1. Plan and develop technical and financial specifications for Reliability, Prototype and Production assembly tooling and automation equipment.2. Participate in R&D Engineering meetings and Quality Design FMEA meetings.3. Complete and document Design for Assembly (DFA) analyses and drive effective resolutions with R&D pertaining to any identified risks.4. Provide input to the Assembly Tooling Strategy and Process FMEA, particularly the integration of controls to mitigate high risks.5. Contributor to the Capital Expense Request (CER) process, specifying costs for assembly equipment, with consideration to product standard cost targets and capacity demands.6. Key team member in the supplier selection process, including the review of technical proposals.7. Generate electronic Purchase Requisitions based on quotations from selected suppliers for design, build and acceptance testing of capital assembly equipment.8. Strategic supplier contact during assembly equipment design, fabrication and acceptance testing, providing technical support and project management resources. 9. Conduct assembly equipment design reviews, ensure supplier adherence to fabrication specifications and safety requirements, and direct execution of factory and site acceptance testing protocols. 10. Initiate and execute validation protocols to support assembly equipment release for production (IQ, MSA, OQ, PQ).11. Program and troubleshoot PLC’s, HMI’s, Vision Systems and Data Acquisition Systems on new and existing production equipment.12. Provide technical training and support to Maintenance and Manufacturing Engineering personnel in the operation and maintenance of automated assembly equipment.13. Investigate and develop new controls technologies to continuously improve production operations.14. Execute Controls Engineering product transfer deliverables from Pilot to the receiving Plant.15. Advise Management of any unmitigated risks and/or developments that could affect TTM or standard cost. DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC/NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:2. Provide leadership to subordinate team members while promoting the attainment of company goals.3. Document lessons learned and implement best practices on all assigned projects.4. Travel to supplier sites as required.5. Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation. A Day in the Life


Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for production support engineering with respect to testing methods, procedures, and problems; device specification and yield problems; minor redesign of devices and masks; analysis of customer returns; supplier related engineering changes and optimizing device production relative to cost constraints.
  • Assumes responsibility for device and/or internally produced or externally purchased components after transfer into high-volume production and usually responsible for entire device manufacturing operations other than wafer fabrication.
  • May assist customer in device usage problems or customer testing of complex devices.

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience

Nice to Have

  • MS Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering


  • Proficiency in PLC (Allen Bradley), HMI, Vision System (Cognex) and Data Acquisition    
  • System (LabVIEW) programming and troubleshooting.
  • Extensive knowledge in the application of machine motion controls, servo and pneumatic.
  • Extensive knowledge of electrical, pneumatic and machine guarding safety standards.
  • Experience in equipment risk assessments and mitigation plans.
  • Experience in Lean Design and Manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DFA, PFMEA, IQ, MSA, OQ and PQ.
  • Proven history of driving automation strategy and implementation in the development and commercialization of complex assemblies.
  • Strong Project Management skills.
  • Strong computer skills

WORKING CONDITIONS: DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. About MedtronicTogether, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life.  We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be. We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future. Physical Job Requirements The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description 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. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

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