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Danaher Corporation Senior Mechanical Engineer in Newark, California

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. As a member of our team, you’ll get to make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, to develop rapid groundbreaking solutions for the world’s most complex health challenges.


The Mechanical Engineer is responsible for the design, development, launch and documentation of complex, high speed assembly equipment used for the production of medical diagnostic disposables. The successful candidate will be responsible for system specification, machine tooling and fixture design, as well as continuous improvement efforts on existing machines to improve reliability, throughput, uptime and safety. Hands-on experience of automated equipment assembly, electro-mechanical equipment and mechanical prototype fixtures is required. The position also requires interacting with contract manufacturers for outsourced projects.


  • Responsible for the mechanical design and development of automation projects including design requirements, test plans, prototype material procurement, assembly, testing and final production release

  • Contribute to the definition and design of the system architecture, ranging from simplified block diagrams, to the detailed architecture

  • Create documentation including, but not limited to, design input requirements, specifications, design of experiments, assembly and service procedures

  • Author acceptance test and validation protocols and reports

  • Lead own design reviews for all phases of the design process

  • Selection and specification of machine components such as motors, pneumatics, solenoids, conveyors, part feeding components and hardware

  • Ability to perform engineering calculations such as force, speed, stress & thermal analysis, etc. as relevant to the application

  • Modify existing equipment to improve product quality, increase part throughput, decrease cost, and/or strengthen safety measures

  • Perform change orders and release processes using Agile

  • Maintain strict compliance with ISO13485, cGMP, QSR and other applicable Quality Management System standards

  • 10% Travel


  • Complete all assigned and required training satisfactorily and on time


Education and Experience (in years):

  • Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years of related work experience OR

    Master’s degree in field with 6+ years of related work experience OR

    Doctoral degree in field with 3+ years of work experience.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Hands on experience with electro-mechanical troubleshooting in a high-volume automated manufacturing environment

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Proven project management skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills combined with a strong technical presence

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Proficient in SolidWorks 2012 or later, PDM or EPDM preferred

  • Proficient with ANSI Y14.5-2009 and use of GD&T


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with 5 - 7 years of related work experience, OR

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with 3 - 5 years of related work experience

  • Minimum 2 years of mechanical design experience including, but not limited to, high speed assembly tools, precision mechanism, robotics and automation

  • Experience in the Medical Device field and Quality regulations environment

  • Experience using Agile

  • Experience writing IQ, OQ, and PQ Protocols

  • Conceptual understanding of injection-molded plastic parts

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.

As part of the Danaher family of companies, our work at Cepheid is supported by a global science and technology innovator. In addition to Danaher’s unrivaled leadership training and professional development programs, this relationship also provides expanded career opportunities across industries and brands. Together, we are united by a shared purpose: Helping Realize Life’s Potential.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies require all US and Puerto Rico employees to be vaccinated against COVID–19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

Operating Company: Cepheid