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Principal Mechanical Design Engineer

North HavenMedtronic

Careers that Change Lives

You will join the product development team in North Haven, CT to be part of a dynamic next-generation Robotics program. The ideal candidate has a strong background in the development of capital medical equipment and electro-mechanical systems.

Impact patient outcomes. Come for a job, stay for a career.

The Minimally Invasive Therapies Group strives to enable earlier diagnosis, better treatment, faster complication-free recovery, and enhanced patient outcomes through less invasive surgical solutions. SURGICAL INNOVATIONS sets the standard for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) by creating innovative surgical products and services that focus on obesity and diseases and conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, lung, abdominal wall, pelvic region, and the head and neck.

A Day in the Life

You will:

  • Perform electromechanical product development on capital medical equipment designs

  • Integrate electronic components with mechanical designs

  • Prepare full documentation in accordance with relevant internal SOPs and Design Control.

  • Interact with suppliers, participates in DFM and DFA processes to access component and assembly manufacturability.

  • Participate in FMEAs and follows up on generated recommendations.

  • Participate in pre-clinical in vivo labs, observing cases in hospitals and through planned and unplanned customer interactions.

  • Design, assemble and evaluate prototypes.

  • Write engineering reports and creates presentations as required to document and communicate results.

  • Institute design changes based on internal and external customer feedback.

  • Collaborate with peers to manage the development of appropriate testing to verify product meets internal and external customer requirements.

  • Communicate with electrical, software, clinical, manufacturing and test engineers.

    Must Have: Minimum Qualifications

    You must hold a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Science or Technical discipline required plus minimum of 12 years relevant experience. Five years medical device experience preferred.

  • Understanding of medical device industry and competitor products. Full knowledge of other related disciplines including cross functional fields and market competition.

  • Understanding of clinical and regulatory pathways, IP and internal processes.

  • Knowledge of electromechanical/mechatronic systems

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written. Effectively communicate and works cooperatively with others as part of a team.

  • Thorough knowledge of laboratory instrumentation and computer software skills utilizing research-based applications.

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes including sheetmetal forming, polymer thermoforming, metal casting, paint and finishing, injection molding, machining, extrusions.

  • Mastery of statistical process control in mass production as well as Six Sigma (DFSS) for design validation and optimization.

  • Outstanding abilities with and wide application of drafting practices, GD&T, 1D tolerance analysis and 3D analysis.

  • Knowledge of kinematic and stress analysis of mechanical systems.

  • Thermal analysis of heat flow through electronics chassis

  • Prior experience designing to meet IEC60601 testing.

  • History of working with formal engineering requirements in DOORS, Jama or similar software

  • In-depth knowledge and experience with 3D CAD software (ProE preferred).

  • In-depth knowledge of FEA software, CE-Tol, Minitab, MathCad, LabView.

    Nice to Have

  • Master's Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or Business Administration (MBA)


  • Standard office setting, surgical lab, operating room, pilot lab, external research organizations, supplier visits

  • Distributed R&D teams

  • Some travel may be required, mostly to Boston, MA

    About Medtronic

    Together, 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 above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position, but they are not an exhaustive list of all the required responsibilities and skills of this position.

    The physical demands described within the Day in the Life 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.


    It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

    This employer participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here:

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