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Job Title:  Research and Development Engineering Technician

Req ID:  17417
Job Category:  Engineering
Country/Region:  US
State:  OH
City:  Mentor
Zip:  44060

At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

Do you like to work in a collaborative environment bringing your expertise to every project?  The Engineering R&D Technician role may be right for you.  It supports R&D design initiatives, with the primary focus supporting the full cycle process of fabricating test prototypes. The Engineering R&D Technician will work to conceive effective test fixture designs, design and fabricate fixtures, and build the units from raw materials and must have a strong foundation and working knowledge of both Mechanical and Electrical concepts. 

  • Assist with the design, development, building and qualifying of automated, turnkey test equipment
  • Develop and fabricate test equipment in line with test specifications under the direction and guidance of direct supervisor
  • Execute tests using test equipment that measures temperature, electricity, light, flow, pressure, strain, force, distance, time, noise, weight etc.
  • Collect and analyze test data/results, document results and outcomes.  Provide analysis of results to Engineering and R&D team members. 
  • Support the design and fabrication/assembly of both working and visual prototype models. Materials include foam, plastics, and various metals.
  • Analyze equipment failures and factory work stoppage problems and provide solutions
  • Fabricates, repairs, improves designs of and constructs mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment
  • Coordinate with outside calibration vendors effectively
  • Maintains detailed and up to date test data in laboratory notebook and active test logs
  • Support manufacturing ramp up, and design transfer during product development
Education Degree
  • Associate's Degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
Required Experience


Two-year Associate Degree or equivalent, apprenticeship or comparable specialized study in mechanical and/or electrical engineering, beyond high school level and 3 years of hands-on Mechanical and Electrical experience. Must have broad base of knowledge with understanding and skills in the following areas: Electrical, Fabrication, Tool Making, Machining.


       1. Must be very proficient in the use of machine shop equipment and all hand tools including saws, sanders, drills, grinders, press, brake, shear, lathe, milling machine.

       2. Able to operate test equipment that measures temperature, electricity, light, flow, pressure, strain, force, distance, time, noise and weight.

       3. Can work from prints, sketches, written and verbal instructions. 

       4. Reads wiring/electrical and piping schematics and engineering drawings. 

       5. Electrical experience/training in use of and design of AC and DC circuits up to 480VAC 3ph.

       6. Piping experience and ability to use electrical test equipment and measuring tools necessary.

       7. Proficient in computer use and applications and familiarity with Data Acquisition systems

       8. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

       9. Travel to Customers and operations sites, including up to 10% internationally

      10. Self-motivated, team player with excellent communication  and problem solving skills



  1. CNC knowledge strongly preferred.
  2. Prior experience in Document Retention or PLM Software preferred

Experience and knowledge of the following areas preferred:

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Testing and Design Controls
  • Installation
  • Design


STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with approximately 12,000 associates worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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