Abbott Senior Staff R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, California

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.


Position Summary

Responsible for providing technical support in the creation and the development of new medical device products (invasive and non-invasive).

Main Responsibilities

Identifies and initiates programs which result in innovative application of existing or new products or technologies.

Conduct experiments and/or develop strategies for consideration that extend beyond known scientific and engineering precedents.

Provide advice, assistance and direction to project teams and management to assist with problem recognition, review, and resolution.

Mentors other employees when appropriate.

Provides periodic communication updates to management on future business direction and problem resolution.

Researches, develops, designs, and evaluates mechanical and electro-mechanical materials, components, assemblies, processes and/or equipment.

Conducts feasibility studies to verify capability and functionality.

May have direct reports who assist in collecting data to support innovative activities.


(Influence/Leadership) Champions a product, process, or technology that has major implications for the company and may lead a major research program to accomplish long-range objectives.

Provides broad, technical advice. Mentors employees by sharing technical expertise and providing feedback and guidance. Acts as a technical advisor to senior management on specialized business projects.

Acts as a mentor to key staff members. Has demonstrated leadership qualities.

(Planning/Organization) Actively participates in comprehensive development of plans including an outline of duties and project assignments. Demonstrates independence by prioritizing and completing assignments.

(Decision Making/Impact) Determines emerging technical trends and provides information across functional boundaries in areas of expertise.

Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve critical organizational objectives and effect the image of the organization's technological capability.


Bachelor's degree REQUIRED (Mechanical Engineering preferred) plus 12+ years of related work experience with a complete understanding of specified functional area. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Mechanical engineering degree

  • In-depth knowledge of Solidworks 3D CAD software

  • Exposure to a variety of manufacturing processes and designing for manufacturability

  • Familiarity with dimensioning and tolerancing standards and experience performing tolerance analyses of complex assemblies

  • Experience working with external vendors to obtain prototype parts and to understand their capabilities and limitations

(Technical/Business Knowledge (Job Skills)) Comprehensive knowledge of multiple technical disciplines. Uses knowledge of in-depth business unit dependencies/ relationships. Functions as a technical resource across departments. Recognized as an expert in the field and provides technical expertise/advice that will further company-wide projects and initiatives. Will perform this job in a quality system environment. Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations.

(Cognitive Skills) Works on extremely complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables. Exercises judgment in developing methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Has expert knowledge of the impact of various solutions on the business.




Product Development


AVD Vascular


United States > Santa Clara : Building B - SC Floor-2





Yes, 10 % of the Time




Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

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We invite you to explore opportunities at Abbott , to see if your talents and career aspirations may fit with our openings. An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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