Intuitive Surgical Careers

Manufacturing Engineer

US-CA-Sunnyvale, California
Manufacturing & Operations

Job Description

Job: Manufacturing & Operations
Primary Location: United States-California-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 181222


Company Description:

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Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

Primary Function of Position:

If you are a hands-on troubleshooter that enjoys rolling up your sleeves and working with some of the most advanced robotics technology on the planet, this may be the ideal job for you. We are seeking a resourceful, creative, experienced Manufacturing Engineer with the ability to investigate and resolve complex functional issues on the daVinci robot. Your mission will be to investigate, understand root cause, and develop solutions to eliminate the source of defects, and improve reliability of this leading-edge product. This is a wide ranging position with many opportunities to be exposed to a broad scope of technologies. We are looking for candidates with working experience and theoretical knowledge in many of the following areas: 
• Gear trains / bearings
• Precision Machined parts / GD&T / Tolerance stack up analysis
• Servo motors / Actuators / Encoders
• Friction , Stress – Strain,
• Thermodynamics, hydraualics
• Basic Electronics, electro-magnetism, Sensors
• Computer control systems

This position has responsibility and authority to: 

• Lead initiatives focused on defect reduction, yield improvement, reliability improvement, capacity enhancement, and cost reduction.
• Provide production support to ensure the production schedule is maintained, technical problems are resolved quickly and effectively
• Evaluate and refine the design of released products. Collaborate with the design team, provide suggested design improvements. Responsible for implementation of design improvements..
• Collaborate with Supplier Engineering team to ensure suppliers understand product issues and requirements, assist in resolving technical issues at suppliers.
• Performing failure analysis for discrepant production components, assemblies and field returns. Develop and implement solutions to eliminate the root cause.
• Design, qualify, document, and validate: assembly fixtures and tools, release to production and service.
• Must possess strong communication skills to interface with: Manufacturing Technicians, Quality, Product Development Engineers, Senior Management, Suppliers, Planning, Purchasing, Customer Support and Clinical Marketing organizations, among others.

Skill/Job Requirements:

Competency Requirements: (Competency is based on: education, training, skills and experience.)

In order to adequately perform the responsibilities of this position the individual must:


• Candidate must be of high character and energy with focused attention to detail.
• BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with 3+ years of relevant experience.
• Demonstrated ability in failure analysis, trouble shooting, problem solving and continuous improvement of complex electro-mechanical products.
• Demonstrated Mechanical and/or Process Engineering ability.
• CAD Solid modeling experience (SolidWorks, or similar).
• Prior experience with some of the following: gears, motors/encoders, complex machined parts, sheet metal, plastics, cable assemblies, various sensor applications and technologies, including reliability and performance assessment of above.
• Ability to make presentations to senior management, communicate issues clearly and concisely, ability to be persuasive.
• Strong working knowledge of MS Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint
• Travel: minimal, may require occasional travel, primarily within U.S.


• Education in Mechatronics / Robotics
• Experienced Agile user
• Experienced SAP user, or similar ERP system
• Working knowledge of, and demonstrated use of: Matlab, Python
• Experience as a design or manufacturing engineer supporting product with significant electro-mechanical content.
• Prior experience working in an FDA/ISO medical device manufacturing environment.
• Experience with Process Validations IQ/OQ/PQ, pFMEA.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively design experiments and draw appropriate conclusions in order to solve process problems.
• Prior responsibility for process, equipment or product validation/verification.
• Prior experience with automated equipment, complex mechanism manufacturing, or robotics.
• Hands-on machine tool experience
• Understanding of ASME Y14.5 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
• Experience working in a Lean Manufacturing environment

We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.