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Engineer - Product Improvement in Santa Barbara, CA ,  at Arthrex

Date Posted: 2/2/2018

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Engineer - Product Improvement
Arthrex, Inc.
ACT Santa Barbara, CA


Manage and coordinate as assigned Sustaining Engineering tasks including design, engineering, documentation, manufacturability and qualification of the project as required.


  1. Designs components or functional systems, and modifies existing designs to develop or improve products and facilitate manufacturing operations.
  2. Manage and coordinate as assigned Rapid Response Projects including the design, engineering, quotation, documentation, manufacturability and qualification of the project as required.
  3. Participate / lead regularly scheduled complaint review meetings, and provide statistical analysis of complaint trending.
  4. Provide timely corrective actions on all assigned defects and issues.
  5. Build prototypes, products and systems suitable for testing and may be required to set up and run lab simulations in order to perform root cause analysis.
  6. Initiate and execute Engineering Change Orders (including model / drawing changes and / or new model and drawing creation).
  7. Monitor corrective actions for effectiveness of implementation / solutions.
  8. Recommends alterations to development and design to improve quality of products and/or procedures.
  9. Determines budgets and timelines for assigned projects.
  10. Maintains design history file for assigned projects, adhering to Arthrex design control procedures.
  11. Provides Regulatory department technical support for assigned projects as needed.
  12. Supports Marketing and Product Management with technical information to be used for training and marketing of assigned products.
  13. Supports Manufacturing to provide processing improvements.
  14. Supports surgeon and distributor customers by training and/or educating on technical aspects of assigned products as needed.
  15. Determines necessity of testing and initiates testing of assigned products
  16. Reports progress and status of assigned projects on a timely basis to Engineering Manager.
  17. Maintain familiarity with Company technology, organization and business. Understand and provide technical solutions according to Arthrex strategy.

    Incidental Duties:

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, and indeed additional responsibilities may be assigned, as required, by management.

Education and Experience:

BS degree in Mechanical / Bioengineering required. 

A minimum of 3 years of relevant medical device experience is required.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements/Specialized Courses and/or Training:

● Working knowledge of anatomy from an orthopedic standpoint.

● Working knowledge of manufacturing practices.

● Knowledge of FDA and ISO guidelines for the development of medical devices required.

● Project management and communication skills training preferred.

Machine, Tools, and/or Equipment Skills:

  • Proficiency in designing products using a 3D-CAD program. Pro/E and/or SolidWorks experience preferable.
  • Manufacturing process knowledge preferred.
  • Technical knowledge in development methodologies, design, and project implementation.

    Reasoning Ability:

    Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

    Mathematical Skills

    Ability to comprehend and apply mathematical principles to the degree required to perform the job based upon job requirements. 

    Language and Communication Skills:

    Ability to comprehend and apply language skills to the degree required to perform the job based upon the job requirements listed above.  Ability to verbally communicate ideas and issues effectively to other team members and management.  Ability to write and record data and information as required by procedures.

    Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required sit; use hands and fingers, to handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.