Job Title:  R&D Engineering Co-op - Fall 2024

Req ID:  43438
Job Category:  Intern

Vernon Hills, IL, US, 60061


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 co-op position will provide an opportunity to be exposed to the medical device field and offer hands on experience working within the Research & Development group in an engineering capacity. As a co-op in the R&D department, you will work with cross-functional product development teams and alongside experienced engineers, you will contribute to design solutions and the advancement of new product development projects. You will have the opportunity to use state of the art equipment and take advantage of training courses offered on-site. The position also works with existing products to make them more efficient and cost-effective while assisting in day-to day production. The co-op may be responsible for building test samples, compiling, analyzing and reporting data to establish performance standards for newly designed or modified products, processes or materials.

  • This position will be based in Vernon Hills, IL starting Fall semester 2024


  • Undertakes and successfully complete simple or basic project/product development tasks to include any of the following: building and evaluating product prototypes, developing and writing test methods, developing and documenting new product concepts/specifications
  • Attends and contributes to product development meetings, which may include representatives from Marketing, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Quality, and other functions
  • Create/invent new concepts and designs/approaches for new products/processes/test methods
  • Create new and revise CAD models and drawings in Solidworks
  • Designs, procures and fabricates simple tooling and fixtures
  • Designs and coordinates engineering tests and experiments
  • Work with quality and operations personnel to ensure ISO 13485:2016 compliance
  • Communicate technical results/findings to a broad audience of varied technical expertise
  • Establish and maintain design history files for projects/products
  • Identifies areas for improvement, suggests solutions and submits idea records

Required Experience

  • Enrolled in an accredited college/institution and be in good academic standing pursing a Bachelors or Masters degree in Engineering - Biomedical, Mechanical, Electrical, Plastics, or Industrial Engineering preferred
  • Completion of Sophomore year requirements by May 2024
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office software (Word, Excel, Access, & Outlook)
  • Basic CAD skills are ideal - Solidworks preferred
  • Clear written and oral communication skills required
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, with the specific ability to work in cross-functional teams
  • Preference is for candidate to return for multiple co-op positions


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:  43438
Job Category:  Intern

Vernon Hills, IL, US, 60061

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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