Mechanical Engineer

Intuitive Surgical Sunnyvale , CA 94085

Posted 7 days ago

Company Description

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare's hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture. Our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and achieve their highest potential.

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let's advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Job Description

Primary Function of Position:

The Multiport Systems Mechanical Engineering team is responsible for the development of the next generation da Vinci Surgical System from product concept through market launch. The team is searching for a Mechanical Engineer to work on a cross-functional team to develop and execute designs to support additional audio/visual features for the system.

The Mechanical Engineer is expected to use machine design and analytical skills to conceptualize, develop, and verify new mechanical designs for medical capital equipment. They are responsible for key system components and will interface with suppliers and manufacturing to build high-quality hardware prototypes and productize new designs. The Mechanical Engineer should be capable of making sound decisions when faced with the time constraints and ambiguous or incomplete information typical of research and development. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared required as well as a commitment to product quality.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Designing components and producing mechanical drawings in a government regulated environment

  • Working within multi-disciplinary teams to define requirements for new and current designs

  • Ownership of key components or assemblies through multiple product launches to market

  • Creating and managing design requirements, specifications, failure-modes analysis, and associated verification and validation testing.

  • Collaborating with vendors, suppliers, quality and manufacturing


Skills, Experience, Education, & Training:

  • Minimum BSME or similar, with minimum 4 years of relevant experience.

  • Proficiency using CAD, FEA and CFD simulation tools, and computational analysis (e.g. Matlab) to optimize designs.

  • Direct experience in complete documentation of designs and release of designs in a rigorous document-control system

  • Understanding of the basic elements of tolerance analysis when designing mechanical structures and some knowledge of design for manufacturability

  • Experience in designing and working with machine shops to have fixtures and parts built for quick, prototype evaluation

  • Detail-oriented in creating reliable systems that harmonize multiple requirements, e.g. structural, thermal, packaging, acoustic, cleanability, ergonomics, user-interface.

  • Comfortable with all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, implementation, debug, verification, qualification, and transfer

  • Self-driven with the ability to excel in a high-energy, focused team environment, to maintain a strong sense of shared responsibility and reward, and to make work interesting and intellectually vibrant.


  • Post-graduate study, MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent work experience preferred.

  • Experience in growing design maturity for product launches, scalable manufacturing processes, design for reliability, yield, and cost.

  • Experience in design work on audio/visual enclosures and assemblies

  • Effective collaboration with cross-functional teams such as industrial design, human factors, clinical engineers, and interaction design.

  • Solidworks, Matlab, Ansys and Windchill experience.

We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits and equity, and a reasonable pay rate for this position is $112,200 to $161,400. It would not be typical for someone to be hired at the top end of range for the role, as actual pay will be determined based on the several factors, including employee's location, skills, and experience level.

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19. Details can vary by role.

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

Shift : Day

Travel : 10% of the time

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