Abbott Technician Sr., Reliability in Sylmar, California

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their 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, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

The Sr Reliability Technician performs relatively complex tests/analyses on products returned from the field, Post Market in a lab environment. Performs tests on low voltage medical devices and components according to written protocols such as qualification test plans, maintains accurate written and electronic records, applies existing work methods to different situations and solves problems ranging from recurring/routine to complex situations. Work requires the application of theoretical principals, evaluation, ingenuity, and creative/analytical techniques to identify root cause failure mechanisms. May serve as lead and assign work to less experienced personnel; serves as a mentor when assisting less experienced lab staff in solving more complex problems.

Essential job responsibilities:

  • Performs more complex analytical tests (electrical and mechanical) required for troubleshooting to component level to determine failure mechanism on product returned from the field for analysis.

  • Assists management in the development of mathematical models to identify units, batches or processes posing excessive failure risks and in the support of Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) processes.

  • Performs necessary tests on components and/or sub-assemblies in support of qualification engineering group.

  • Records analyses results using photographic and color printing equipment, word-processing and/or spreadsheet PC software in compliance with engineering and regulatory requirements.

  • Supports reliability management to ensure that overall objectives, including risk management initiatives, are met in compliance with divisional operating procedures.

  • Prepares samples by mounting, cross-sectioning, polish and otherwise configuring for microscopic, photographic and/or scanning electron microscope (SEM) or energy-dispersive x-ray micro analysis (EDAX) evaluation.

  • May set-up special test equipment, define changes required in testing equipment, testing procedures and/or new testing equipment in support of continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Notifies supervision of the need to replenish supplies/materials and to repair any equipment.

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • 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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum High School Diploma or GED

  • 5 or more years of work experience as an electro mechanical technician

  • 2 or more years electrical and mechanical testing experience

  • Experience with MS office suite, Word and Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates or higher degree, Technical training or additional technical certification

  • Work experience in an environment that Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations

  • Work experience within the Medical Device industry

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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