The Senior Product Engineer (Sr PE) is responsible for design enhancement and implementation of bio-devices for the animal health industry. This position is responsible for cross functional development and implementation of electro-mechanical systems, electrical and electronic subassemblies, and overall Bio Device design implementation for automated vaccination equipment in the bio-devices engineering group. The Sr PE will participate in concept development of new commercial products and the support of existing products. The Sr PE is expected to work independently and at times lead entire Bio Device development efforts, in close collaboration with cross functional teams, including Design Engineers, Quality Representatives, Manufacturing, Purchasing, and Suppliers; under the direction of Sr Engineering Management and Project Management. The person in this position will often coordinate/influence the design efforts of other engineers and designers during a project, although no specific supervisory responsibilities are attached to the job.
A Product Engineer owns primary design responsibility once Alpha phase prototypes successfully meet product requirements. From Beta, the Sr Product Engineer is responsible for scaling the product for launch, successfully guiding the operations team for manufacturing readiness, managing supplier readiness for supplied parts, initial install/implementation oversight in customer facilities, and product support (issue resolution) after launch.
The Senior Product Engineer (Sr PE) has a wide and far reaching variety of responsibilities, including:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- The Sr PE has a guiding role in the conceptual development process, to ensure that designs can be implemented into a producible/viable product.
- Design and development of all electro-mechanical, pneumatic, fluidic systems, while understanding the interface to electrical control systems and underlying biological process needs.
- Participate in system engineering for complex electromechanical systems to define product specifications and controls interactions of each system.
- Oversee drawing development change process, drawing dimensioning and review skills to ensure documentation accuracy for proper part control.
- Proposal and cost preparation, sub-system architecture, requirements development, concept design, modeling/simulation, detailed mechanical design, integration, validation and verification as well as integration into hatchery systems.
- Provide engineering leadership for multiple projects, including new products from design concept to full manufacturing introduction.
- Coordinate problem solving and technical support, including design updates of equipment, process development and related documentation.
- Analyzes various manufacturing issues and resolve them in a timely manner.
- Extensive interaction with suppliers in design, analysis and other technical liaison requirements.
- Oversee design and build of prototypes by contract firms to insure product meets specifications, timelines and budget.
- Actively leads cost reduction initiatives and minimization of waste.
- Initiates justification and implementation of new components and technology
- As required, produce detailed drawings, BOM's and release documents for the above design activities.
TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or a minimum of 10 years demonstrated product engineering experience in a complex engineered product environment.
- 10 years' experience working with Design and Implementation teams, Operations (Manu., Qual., Metrology) and suppliers from an engineering, technical perspective
PHYSICAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS
- Root cause analysis techniques and documentation.
- Demonstrated proficiency in engineering specifications and design for automated equipment.
- Knowledge of materials and manufacturing/construction principles.
- Demonstrated experience with Solid Works, CAD, drawing storage/control, SAP, and other.
- Demonstrated proficiency with modern engineering tools, such as 3d printing, rapid prototyping, etc.
- Demonstrated experience in critical thinking and problem solving skills, planning and organizing, decision-making
- Excellent communication skills, influencing and leading, facilitation and team work capabilities.
Candidate will work mostly at the Durham site either in an office environment or a development lab environment. Some travel to customer facilities is occasionally required.
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