Abbott Engineer II, R&D Hardware in Minneapolis, Minnesota

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.


The R & D Hardware Engineer II designs hardware to support features that are included as part of new product definitions. Applies engineering and scientific principles to the evaluation and solution of technical problems. This individual will be responsible for detailed mechanical hardware designs, development plans and reports, appropriate test methodology, and design transfers to production. Exercises technical judgment in planning, organizing, performing, coordinating and/or directing engineering work. Remains abreast of and consults on technical advancements. Identifies and routinely uses the most effective and cost-efficient best practices to execute processes; continually evaluates their effectiveness and appropriateness.


  • Performs system design of capital equipment devices. Selects components, processes and proposes design alternatives.

  • Designs hardware to support features that are contained in the product definition. Develops hardware design specifications and is responsible for technology selection.

  • Assists the product definition team with feature selection.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments.

  • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

  • Completes component and system designs using Solidworks. This includes setting and revising requirements and specifications, developing bill of materials, and completing documentation to ensure feasibility and verification of design performance.

  • Plans, coordinates, and assists in executing the activities of development teams in support of project goals.

  • Effectively communicates the project successes, risks, and roadblocks to the appropriate management levels.

  • Performs analysis of the product using both empirical and computational models to help identify and mitigate product and project risks

  • Conceptualizes new designs using technical expertise and innovative approaches.

  • Interfaces with various internal functions, outside consultants, vendors, and the medical community.

  • Supports animal studies, bench testing, clinical evaluations, and production

  • Supports technical and design reviews

  • Leads and contributes to strategic initiatives for continuous improvement

  • Solves complex and diverse technical problems by applying sound judgment, creativity, appropriate data analysis, and technical expertise.

  • Establishes product requirements and specifications, including justification and supportive testing to the requirements and specifications, conferring with suppliers to understand manufacturing limits and refine product requirements

Experience and Education REQUIRED

  • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering or a related field.

  • Minimum of five years of relevant hardware design, development, and testing experience, including a general familiarity with manufacturing equipment/processes that are compatible with highly reliable electronic medical or similar devices.

  • Proficient in 3-D CAD utilizing Solidworks

  • Experience with Pump Designs and Hydraulic principles

  • Experience with IQ/OQ/PQ process

  • Minimum EIT certified

  • Experience with manual mills, lathes and other fabrication equipment

Preferred Qualifications and Education

  • Ability to develop and implement novel product concepts as part of new or existing systems.

  • Ability to deliver research information which adds value to management’s decision-making process.

  • Demonstrated personal computer skills, including spreadsheet, word processing, database management, and specialized applications.

  • Advanced credential in a relevant discipline/concentration and/or professional certification desired.

  • Statistical analysis, or similar tool sets are preferred

  • Training and experience in manufacturing processes and methods and in the manufacturing of medical devices desired.

  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.

  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.

  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

  • Ability to travel approximately 10%, including internationally.

  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.

  • Experience with metals (machining, forming) and plastics (molding, machining, forming)


Product Development


ASJM Abbott St. Jude Medical


United States > Minnesota : One St Jude Medical Drive





Yes, 5 % of the Time


Not Applicable


Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

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