Senior Plastics Engineer

Medtronic Inc.
North Haven
Feb 25, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time

Careers that Change Lives


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.

A Day In The Life

The Senior Materials Engineer ? Plastics (Plastics Engineer) will provide technical input on material selection, design and manufacturing of plastic based component parts and sub-assemblies in support of New Product Development (NPD) efforts for innovative surgical devices. As a key member of project Extended Teams, the Senior Plastics Engineer will confer with R&D to specify part and sub-assembly design characteristics to optimize manufacturability, functionality, cost and quality. He/she will also work directly with Procurement and suppliers in support of tooling and fixture design, manufacturing process strategy and the production part qualification process to meet or exceed project milestones and overall business Time to Market (TTM) requirements. The Senior Plastics Engineer will work under the direction of an Advanced Engineering Manager in a fast paced collaborative environment supportive of program initiatives and compliant with company best practices.

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

* With an understanding of product designs and component interactions, specify part material selections and design features to effectively balance functionality with manufacturability and cost.

* Participate in R&D Engineering meetings and Quality Design FMEA meetings.

* Complete and document Design for Manufacturability (DFM) analyses and drive effective resolutions with R&D pertaining to any identified risks.

* Participant in the Capital Expense Request (CER) process, specifying costs for Component Tooling and any related Test or Inspection Fixtures, with consideration to product standard cost targets and capacity demands.

* Contributor to project business studies, providing Engineering Estimates of production component parts and subassemblies based on knowledge of materials and processing costs.

* Key team member in the supplier selection process, including the definition of tooling and manufacturing process strategies.

* Work collaboratively with the Quality, Sourcing and R&D cross-functional team to review, disposition and approve PPAP submissions.

* Facilitate Early Supplier Involvement (ESI) technical meetings, effectively document agreements and risks, and drive closure of open action items.

* Generate electronic Purchase Requisitions based on quotations from selected suppliers for build of Capital Tooling and qualification of Production Processes.

* Participate and critique mold tool designs. Be accountable for the quality of the tooling design.

* Strategic supplier contact during tool fabrication and part qualification, providing technical support and project management resources.

* Responsible for review and approval of supplier tool designs prior to initiation of fabrication.

* Execute Materials Engineering product transfer deliverables from Pilot to the receiving Plant.

* Advise Management of any unmitigated risks and/or developments that could affect TTM or standard cost.

* Analyzes, researches, designs and develops materials and their related fabrication and application processes to develop and optimize materials for use in engineering design of and/or application in structures, systems and subsystems.

* Applies principles of chemistry, physics, and material behavior to develop metallic, non-metallic and composite material and processing specifications, fabrication and assembly processes

* Develops, analyzes and applies material properties and design allowables, processing processes and quality engineering specifications.

* Material analyses may include failure analysis of components, systems and subsystems, life predictions, and definition and requirement specifications.

* May review and approve subcontractor material processing procedures.

Must Have: Minimum Qualifications

* BS Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering

* Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience

* Demonstrated knowledge of DFMEA and PFMEA.

* Demonstrated knowledge of GD&T.

* Demonstrated knowledge of DFM & DFA principles.

* Expertise in the use of mold-filling simulations, such as Moldflow, Sigmasoft or Moldex3d.

* Significant plastic manufacturing process experience, including Injection Molding, Insert Molding, and Multi-Shot Molding.

* Significant experience with medium to high volume component part and subassembly manufacturing best practices.

* Strong familiarity with statistical analyses, including process capability, process control, Design of Experiments, etc?

* Strong understanding of Process Validation and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) for component part qualification.

* Strong Project Management skills.

* Customer Focus

* Drive for Results

* Cross Cultural Respect

* Interpersonal Relationships

* Adaptability

* Creative Problem Solving

* Strong communication and presentation skills

* Strong computer skills

Nice to Have

* Strong Interpersonal skills

* Dynamic, positive attitude

* Project Management exposure

* Electrical and/or controls experience a plus

* CAD Solid Modeling (Pro-E) a plus


Standard office setting, clean room manufacturing area, model shop, supplier manufacturing facilities. Travel expected, approximately 25%.


Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology 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 can 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.


The physical demands described within the Responsibilities 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.


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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. SDL2017