Job Title:  Lead R&D Engineering Technician

Req ID:  37992
Job Category:  Engineering

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447


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

The Lead R&D Engineering Technician provides technical leadership in large projects supporting testing, fixtures development & building/testing prototypes. Influences lab activities and acts as the technical expert in infection prevention product lines, primary lab safety contact and maintenance.


•    Assemble, troubleshoot and test complex mechanical and electro-mechanical parts and sub-assemblies of capital equipment in an R&D New Product Development environment.

•    Read and interpret Engineering drawings, hydraulic drawings, electrical schematics, sketches, written or verbal instructions and specifications.

•    Work with variety of materials, technologies, and manufacturing methods like: Metals, plastics, rubber composites, wire harnesses,  Plumbing, Pneumatics, hydraulics, seals, Electrical 

       Machining, bending, 3D printing.

•    Use machine shop tools like End mills, drill press, band saw, etc. to build prototype parts or assemblies working independently or collaborating with engineers on engineering team.

•    Setup and use calibration devices (like Heise gauge), electrical devices (like Ohm meters), pressure sensors, flow sensors and other measurement devices like data acquisition systems (like Deweysoft) to support testing and data collection.

•    Build and/ or troubleshoot electrical wiring harnesses or assemble electrical control boxes.

•    Work with various electrical (like power supplies, relays, fuses etc.), electro-mechanical sensors (like capacitive, inductive, optical etc.) and mechanical components (like valves, pumps, tubing, etc.)

•    Collaborate with engineers and/ or other technicians in review and execution of test methods per test procedure and protocols.

•    Lead/ Support configuration audits of test units, maintain lab notebooks and record findings and observations.

•    Collaborate and support cross-functional teams like Controls, Software, Scientific, Service, Manufacturing etc. per project and business needs.

•    Manage, Organize and Maintain R&D Lab area for parts inventory, assembly, tooling, and other engineering equipment.

•    Maintain facility in a safe, clean, and orderly manner at all times in compliance with OSHA VPP standards.

•    Work in a collaborative environment as a team player or individual contributor

•    Support and assist manufacturing ramp up and design transfer during product development and production.

•    Travel to customer or vendor sites as needed.

Note: This position is 100% onsite at Plymouth MN Headquarters.

Required Experience

•    Two-year Associate Degree or equivalent, apprenticeship or comparable specialized study in mechanical and/or electrical engineering, beyond high school level.
•    8 to 10 years experience in mechanical systems like Plumbing, pneumatics, hydraulics etc. and Electrical experience 

Preferred Experience

•    Ability to use 3D CAD software like Creo, E-Plan etc.
•    Familiar with 3D printers and 3D printing.
•    Ability to program and build PLC or similar controllers. 
•    Skilled in the set-up, operation and troubleshooting of electrical and mechanical test equipment and measuring tools.
•    Familiarity with Deweysoft, Labview, Adruino, PLC controllers
•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively as an integral part of a team and independently as necessary.
•    Skilled in planning, organizing, and controlling assigned activities and group activities.
•    Self-motivated
•    Excellent communication skills and problem-solving skills.
•    Travel to Customers and operations sites.


STERIS is a leading global provider of products and services that support patient care with an emphasis on infection prevention.  WE HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD by providing innovative healthcare, life sciences and dental products and services. STERIS is a $5 billion, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 17,000 associates and Customers 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.

Req ID:  37992
Job Category:  Engineering

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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