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Hardware Sustaining Engineer

Abbott Laboratories

This is a Contract position in Hackensack, NJ posted October 12, 2021.

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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

About Abbott For years, Abbott’s medical device businesses have offered technologies that are faster, more effective, and less invasive.

Whether it’s glucose monitoring systems, innovative therapies for treating heart disease, or products that help people with chronic pain or movement disorders, our medical device technologies are designed to help people live their lives better and healthier.

Every day, our technologies help more than 10,000 people have healthier hearts, improve quality of life for thousands of people living with chronic pain and movement disorders, and liberate more than 500,000 people with diabetes from routine fingersticks.

Abbott Vascular provides innovative, minimally invasive and cost-effective products for treatment of vascular disease.

Our extensive portfolio includes drug-eluting stents, bare metal stents, guide wires, balloon dilatation catheters, imaging catheters and software, vessel closure devices and peripheral stents Our location in Westford, MA, currently has an opportunity for a Hardware Sustaining Engineer.

WHAT YOU’LL DO: This position will be a sustaining engineering position supporting the FFR and OCT hardware portion of our business.

Performs the layout, construction, and evaluation of a variety of prototype Printed Circuit Boards, fixtures, and tools.

Applies engineering and scientific principles to the evaluation and solution of technical problems.

Exercises technical judgment in planning, organizing, performing, coordinating and/or directing engineering work.

Performs engineering studies.

Remains abreast of and consults on technical advancements.

Identifies and routinely uses the most effective and cost-efficient practices to execute processes; continually evaluates their effectiveness and appropriateness.

Job Duties:
• Support all sustaining activities around catheter manufacturing including end of life, supplier change requests, Global compliance standards, IFU/Label changes, support of regulatory submissions, corporate programs, literature review, and all supporting quality system elements
• The position will also support the following manufacturing elements:
• Production support and process validation
• Interface with vendors for components
• Troubleshoot manufacturing process and equipment
• Utilize tools like Gage R&R, Cp, Cpk, and SPC to improve processes
• Understand manufacturing concepts like Value Stream mapping, 5S and Visual Workplace to improve quality, labor efficiency, and throughput.

• Protocol and report writing
• Generate and modify manufacturing process documentation
• Work with cross functional teams as required
• Develop and implement process improvements
• 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.

Equipment: Works with standard office equipment such as telephone, cellular phone, fax/copier, and a personal computer with standard office software.

Knowledge of analog electronics Experience with fiber optics is beneficial Working knowledge of laser equipment is beneficial Capital equipment experience is preferred Works primarily in a standard office environment with air conditioning, good lighting with a low to moderate noise level.

May also visit research labs, testing labs, production and other areas as well as vendor facilities as necessary.

Physical Demands: Activities require a significant amount of sitting in front of a computer monitor, some standing and walking.

Significant use of hands and arms, plus finger dexterity to reach, point, write, type, operate a computer and other office equipment.

Performs tasks that regularly require good correctable vision and hand/eye coordination.

Activities also require significant use of voice and hearing for discussions with other employees.

• Bachelor of Science in electrical/electronic engineering or related engineering field.

• A minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience in performing the layout construction, and evaluation of a variety of Printed Circuit Boards, fixtures and tools.

• Demonstrated ability to understand and comply with applicable FDA regulations and Company operating procedures, processes, policies and tasks.

• Demonstrated personal computer skills, including spreadsheet, word processing, database management, and specialized applications.

• Advanced credential or professional certification in a relevant discipline/concentration desired.

• Six-Sigma knowledge and experience desired.

• Training and experience in manufacturing processes and methods desired, especially in the manufacturing of medical devices.

• Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.

• Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.

• Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

• Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.

• Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

• Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

• Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

• Ability to travel approximately 25%, including internationally.

• Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.

WHAT WE OFFER : At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career.

We offer: A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs Paid time off 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully: Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future.

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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