Manufacturing Engineer (2nd Shift) (558186) Sunnyvale, California

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG) is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS). The Company's da Vinci® Surgical System offers surgeons superior 3D HD visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort for the optimal performance of MIS. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even complex procedures such as heart valve and cancer surgery through 1-2 cm incisions. This breakthrough is allowing hospitals everywhere to extend the benefits of MIS to a broader base of patients. An investment in an MIS initiative built around the da Vinci Surgical System can provide hospitals with greater productivity and operational efficiencies. Improved operational efficiencies may result in reduced incidence of complications and post-operative infections; reduced need for blood transfusions and post-operative pain management, simplified post-operative nursing care and reduced length of stay.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Intuitive Surgical has more than 2,000 employees in offices worldwide. More than 1,840 da Vinci Systems are installed in over 1,450 hospitals worldwide. First quarter 2012 revenue increased to $495 million, compared with $388 million for the first quarter of 2011.


Primary Function of Position
Contribute your technical manufacturing, problem solving, and project management skills to a dynamic team producing precision systems and instruments for minimally invasive robotic surgery. This position will focus on meeting manufacturing objectives for product safety, reliability, capacity, cost, and performance goals.  Individuals in this role must demonstrate strong electro-mechanical and manufacturing skills – capable of supporting daily line issues (P) and project based responsibilities (P) in a fast-paced environment.  2nd shift manufacturing operations are scheduled from 3:00pm until 11:45pm.

Roles and Responsibilities
·    Maintain and improve efficient “mid-volume’ manufacturing assembly line including:
o    Specify, document, procure, qualify, implement, and improve fixtures, hand tools and equipment.
o    Workplace and flow process development.
o    Determine and incorporate critical feature inspection and test checkpoints into process.
·    Identify and implement continuous improvement projects with respect to first pass yield, cycle time reduction, capacity, and cost.
·    Support cross-functional engineering team with Design of Experiments (DOE), product qualification testing (Verification and Validation), and special projects.
·    Interact with external suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and inspection personnel to troubleshoot production problems.
·    Provide product acceptance and material disposition decisions based on product requirements, customer use conditions, and risk management.

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:

Requirements
·    B.S. degree in an engineering discipline (i.e. ME, IE, EE, or equivalent)
·    Great attitude, eager, willing/able to take initiative, works well with others in team environment.
·    Working knowledge and experience with machine shop equipment (mills, lathes, safety procedures).
·    Proficient in the use of personal computers to perform daily work.  Familiar with the Microsoft Office suite of programs.  SAP and Agile experience preferred.
·    Superb communication skills, including written and verbal instruction.
·    The ideal candidate will have a love for a fast-paced and multi-focused work environment.
·    Able to support second shift manufacturing operations (typically 3:00pm until 11:45pm)
·    Able to travel periodically (to Mexico facility).
·    Able to support 1st shift, split shift, or weekend assignments periodically to align with manufacturing needs.

Preferred
·    5+ years experience with manufacturing mid/high volume products.
·    2+ years experience supporting independent manufacturing operations – preferably a second/night shift.
·    Experience in medical device manufacturing (including GMP, MDD, ISO 9001/13485) – preferably with surgical instruments.
·    Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and maintain automated equipment, complex mechanisms, sensors, motors, and robotics.
·    Computer-Aided Design (CAD) experience (Solidworks, ProE, or similar) and knowledge of GD&T, ANSI/ASME Y14.5 standards.
·    Experience in Just-In-Time, Demand Flow Technology, and Lean Manufacturing techniques.
·    Demonstrated ability to complete Design of Experiments (DOE) and qualification test protocols.