Manufacturing Engineer III

  • Takara Bio USA, Inc.
  • Nov 01, 2022
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

Position Summary/Objective:
The Manufacturing Engineer III is responsible to follow quality and technical procedures for instrument manufacturing and substrate processing within the production facility.  The position requires the ability to work independently on established assignments and determine methods and procedures on new assignments.  Individual exercises good judgment and displays initiative in selecting techniques and evaluation processes for obtaining solutions to complex problems.  Communicates effectively to management and other departments when presenting data on improvement proposals or projects.  This position is expected to work effectively with internal cross-functional teams, Engineering, Quality Control and Quality Assurance, leading tasks on improvements or solutions.  Liaison with vendors and suppliers on troubleshooting experiments and new projects.

The Manufacturing Engineer III is an on-site role located in San Jose, CA.

Essential Functions:

  • Operate robotic printers for the manufacture of microfluidic chips.
  • Process chip substrates by performing incoming inspection via Keyence, interpreting results and establish new criteria as business requirements grow.
  • Etch substrates and clean via vapor degreasing process where chemical and solvent handling experience is required.
  • Assemble, test and package multi-sample instruments, automated liquid handlers, imaging systems, and real time thermocyclers.
  • Proficient using hand tools, soldering iron and handling optical elements such as mirrors and lens.
  • Liaison to instrument and robotic vendors resolving problems and implementing process improvement projects.
  • Able to interpret and follow engineering drawings and manufacturing SOPs to assemble complex electrical, mechanical and optical assemblies and operate bio-printing instruments.
  • Follows quality control test procedures to perform system tests.  Analyze and interpret system test data for pass/fail results.  Keeps accurate test records.
  • Collaborates with software engineers on software upgrades helping to design validation plans and analyze results of the upgrade on the performance of instruments. 
  • Recognizes improvements, redlines documents and drawings, initiates and implements ECN tasks, where changes may be beneficial.
  • Maintains records to comply with regulatory and safety requirements, good manufacturing practices, and standard operating procedures for laboratory environments. 
  • Writes and implements manufacturing documentation for systems manufacturing processes.
  • Collaborates with Design Engineers on improvements for performance, reliability and cost reductions.  Implements tasks to meet these objectives.
  • Ensures the effective use of materials and equipment in producing quality products at minimum cost.
  • Receives and inspects assemblies and materials for correct form, fit and function.
  • Prioritizes production schedules based on new product introduction and stock demands.
  • Works with purchasing and planning to maintain optimum safety stock for all components, including spare parts and assemblies.  Maintains inventory accuracy and integrity.
  • Assists with maintenance of production and laboratory equipment.
  • Interfaces with Design Engineers to transfer new instruments into Operations.
  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


Education/Certification, Experience, and Competencies:

  • AS/BS degree in a technical discipline in engineering or life science.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years prior relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior experience building and testing complex electromechanical and optical instrumentation or similar instrumentation required.
  • Previous experience with microfluidics, precision low volume liquid handlers and robotic printers or dispensers required.
  • Experience working in a semi-conductor or plate handling facility desired.
  • Proficient in the use of a document management system for version control of drawings, such as Arena. 
  • Proficient using a 3D CAD design software, such as SOLIDWORKS.


Physical Demands/Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to lift, push, or pull up to 50 lbs. unassisted.


AAP/EEO Statement:
Takara Bio USA, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


Disclaimer:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.