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Danaher Corporation Equipment Maintenance Manager in Lodi, California


Cepheid’s mission: Delivering “A Better Way” to improve patient outcomes by enabling access to molecular diagnostic testing everywhere. This role supports the Cepheid mission by collaborating to define and execute on strategies related to Lodi Plastics capacity expansion and continuous improvement.

This role reports directly to the Lodi Site Senior Manager of Manufacturing Engineering. The position requires a strong background working in and around Plastic Injection Molding and Mold Making / Tooling environment. The appointed must be able to develop a plan and execute on that plan to support, maintain, and sustain manufacturing equipment, automation systems, tooling department equipment, and plastics processing equipment 24/7 with the expectation of meeting customer demands.


  • Study, follow and emphasize all Environmental Health and Safety and Cepheid Quality System policies and practices to ensure world-class safety, quality and compliance in all aspects of job-related activities

  • Maintain the daily operation of manufacturing, automation, molding, and tooling equipment that are to be in compliance with Cepheid Quality System’s; regulations involving thorough and rigorous documented tests, resulting in repeatable processes to assure products meet all internal and external safety and quality requirements.

  • Manages the maintain the necessary critical spare parts components supporting equipment through Inventory Control

  • Responds to unplanned urgent needs in having equipment repairs performed minimizing down time.

  • Establish a routine / planned Equipment Maintenance Schedule to generate work orders and track records stored as historical data for future reference.

  • Records include the following:

  • Licenses

  • Inspections

  • Warrantees

  • Service Agreements

  • Calibration

  • Analytical Troubleshooting; Inspect, Diagnose and Repair mechanical and/or electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic defects / failures associated with the following:

  • Injection Molding Machines:

  • Auxiliary Equipment:

  • Hot runner controllers

  • Mold heaters

  • Material dryers

  • Hopper loading systems

  • Automation systems:

  • Robotics:

  • End of Arm Tooling

  • Programmable Controller

  • Vision Systems

  • Tooling equipment:

  • EDM

  • CNC

  • Wire EDM

  • Milling Machines

  • Lathes

  • Welders

  • Maintain the preventive maintenance program within budget on all equipment purchases; part repairs, replacements, for in house and outsource services and supplies.

  • Teams up with and has the ability of working in an interdisciplinary environment as a contributing team member and independently on a wide variety of projects to improve performance of supporting equipment; Tooling, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Processing.

  • Oversees and supports Equipment Repair Technicians assuring they have the necessary training and tools to perform efficiently and effectively in meeting expectations.

  • Defining daily tasks and setting directions for the day.

  • Develop & maintain proper documentation of all necessary procedures in performing work.


  • Complete all assigned and required training satisfactorily and on time.

  • For people managers, ensure your associates attend and complete all required trainings satisfactorily and on time.

  • Ensure all team members have training and experience required to support project requirements.


Education and Experience (in years):

  • High School degree with 8+ years of work experience OR Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of related work experience in a Management position of Equipment Maintenance; specifically related to Plastics Injection Molding and Manufacturing in a high-volume production environment.

  • Minimum 3 years of Supervisory experience.

  • 5+ years of extensive experience with troubleshooting and problem solving.

  • Lean manufacturing skills and systems development.

  • Project management experience.

  • Open minded, highly flexible, can-do attitude.

  • Project Management.

  • TPM, Lean, Continuous Improvement.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Plastic Injection Molding.

  • Medical Device Manufacturing.

  • Management Leadership – 5+ years.

  • Team building, communication and collaboration.

  • Recruiting and Workforce acquisition management.

  • Reading Schematics and Diagrams.

  • Strong computer and MS Office skills including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project and Visio.

  • Familiar with inspection tools, calipers, micrometers, multimeter, microscope, etc.

  • Analytical troubleshooting of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic issues.

Physical requirements/abilities:

  • Must be comfortable working in a Clean Room Environment. (gowning required).

  • Sitting at a computer workstation.

  • Must be able to stand for several hours when necessary.

  • Walking throughout the Manufacturing / Engineering / Tooling Departments to collect data.

  • Must be comfortable in speaking in a group setting / as communication is key.

  • Work may require repetitive arm/wrist motion.

  • Able to bend, stoop, and lift to 70 lbs.


  • Familiar with Corrective Action and Preventative Action Procedures.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here.

Operating Company: Cepheid