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Abbott Molding Engineer in Des Plaines, Illinois

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


An engineering position is available immediately at Abbott Molecular, a division of Abbott Laboratories. We are looking for a self-motivated engineer to work in the Product Support team to provide technical support for Abbott consumable plastic commodity products for on-market molecular diagnostics applications. The primary job functions are included in the Job Description section.


  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.

  • Completes professional level engineering assignments related to design, development, qualification, implementation and ongoing support of molded plastic commodities that support Abbott’s diagnostic instruments.

  • Serve as a project manager for molding projects that works regularly with R&D, Operations, Supply Chain, Quality and suppliers.

  • Manage molded commodities over life cycle including tactical activities to support ongoing business such as product, process, quality and cost improvement initiatives, supplier and resin changes or obsolescence.

  • Analyzes, develops, and recommends troubleshooting or design approaches required to meet design and production requirements for new or enhanced molded plastic commodities.

  • Responsible for troubleshooting molding issues in conjunction with supplier and lead/support internal investigations, as needed.

  • Work closely with molding suppliers to ensure reliable supply of parts.

  • Compiles and evaluates design and test data, prepares technical specifications, and determines appropriate limits and variables for product, process, or materials specifications.

  • Coordinates with technical support personnel to conduct prototype or experimental runs of products or processes.

  • Analyze product requirements and other technical specifications to determine if product is performing to requirements.

  • Applies the results of reviews of literature, patents, and current practices relevant to the solution of current problems.

  • Achieve best practices that meet medical device industry standard, including design control and documentation

  • Provide technical support to other Abbott functional areas, including customer service, product quality assurance, commercial operations, new product R&D, and manufacturing operations.

  • Interface with product team members, manufacturing or design engineer, R&D, marketing, regulatory (internal) and site engineering.


  • Bachelors degree in an engineering or closely related discipline with two to four years work experience or sufficient practical experience to demonstrate functional equivalence.

  • Knowledge of plastics processes, resins, and tooling is required.

  • Interacts well with diverse groups within engineering and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators.

  • Listens to and understands others’ points of view and articulates tactfully and respectfully one’s own perspective orally, in writing, and in presentations.

  • Works well with other engineers in a collaborative, fast-paced goal-driven environment.

  • Possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hands on experience in the following areas

-Plastic injection and/or blow molding parts design and process support, including molding qualification (IQ, OQ, PQ), as well as building, testing, and evaluating/troubleshooting prototype parts

-Use of SolidWorks or similar CAD software tools for creation of engineering drawings

-Data analysis with FMEA and SPC to ensure reliable molding processes

  • Highly self-motivated, creative and adaptable in developing molding expertise for various commodities used for multiple instrument platforms

  • Proficiency in technical documentation and oral and written communication skills

  • Capable of effectively interfacing with cross-functional team members in achieving common goals

Plus if you have:

  • Familiar with regulatory requirements for the medical device industry, particularly the working experience in design control

  • Experience in mechanical and/or materials engineering applications

  • Experience in molecular biology applications

  • Familiar with project management tools and concurrent management of multiple projects

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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