Staff Engineer, Plastics

Danaher   •  

Brea, CA

Industry: Manufacturing & Automotive


8 - 10 years

Posted 37 days ago

If you believe your education and experience are in line with the position description and qualifications referred to above, and are motivated, energetic, and looking for a new and exciting opportunity, please submit your resume online at the URL below or at

Beckman Coulter is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Plastics Manufacturing Engineering Lead will contribute to a high-energy global plastics engineering team supporting manufacturing of diagnostic medical device hardware and consumables. As a key member of the team, the incumbent will have responsibility for leading plastics manufacturing engineering activity to ensure growth and supply continuity of Beckman Coulter, Inc. global product lines.

The position will require regular partnering with other team members within the Global Plastics Engineering team, our supply base, and cross-functional team members within Product Development, Sustaining Engineering, Quality, Regulatory, Manufacturing, and Purchasing. The ability to communicate effectively, both in written and verbal formats is key, as are strong technical skills in plastics tooling and process engineering. Project objectives will primarily be related to new product introduction, on time delivery, cost reduction, quality improvement, and supply continuity risk mitigation.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage priorities and responses to needs for incoming sustaining engineering support of global plastics manufacturing equipment and tooling assets
  • Establish, improve, and maintain tooling and automation asset performance by driving processes and systems to ensure strong process capability & OEE
  • Provide SME input for molded part DFM reviews and develop/improve manufacturing processes for molding, assembly, and automation equipment
  • Optimize raw materials selection and manufacturing work cell design to achieve high product quality at low total life cycle cost
  • Assist with the design and construction of new plastic injection molds, blow molds, LSR molds, structural foam molds, compression molds, thermoforming tools, and other manufacturing process tooling, jigs, and fixtures
  • Create and monitor project timelines, manage scope changes, and effectively establish risk mitigation measures to meet schedule milestone targets
  • Perform failure investigations utilizing sound problem solving techniques and statistical methods as needed to identify root cause and enact countermeasures
  • Author test protocols and conduct verification and validation activities as needed to meet ISO and FDA Class II medical device regulation requirements
  • Report key performance metrics and continually improve work processes utilizing Danaher Business System (DBS) techniques
  • Maintain compliance with applicable standards & regulations, including internal procedures, ISO, and FDA Class II Medical Device standards


Minimum B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Plastics Engineering Technology, Plastics Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or equivalent. M.S. degree in related engineering field a plus. 9+ years engineering experience focused on plastics and injection molding. Knowledge of polymer materials, plastic product design for manufacturing (DFM), injection molding process development, and tooling engineering required. Ability and willingness to travel to local, domestic, and international locations approximately 25%.

Expertise in using Moldflow®, Minitab, Solidworks, and scientific process development techniques for injection molding highly desirable. Experience working with precision metrology equipment, automated SPC systems, PLC's, cavity pressure transducers, MIM, and castings also desirable in the selection process.

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