Senior R&D Technician

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Senior Technician R&D Product Development - Plymouth, MN

Leading an active lifestyle is important to the many people we serve. In Abbott's Heart Failure division, we're advancing the treatment of heart and vascular disease through breakthrough medical technologies in Electrophysiology and Heart Failure (EPHF), allowing people to restore their health and get on with their lives.

The Senior Technician - R&D Product Development will participate within R&D on various engineering efforts for new product development. In this role, you will be responsible for performing various technical tasks on a variety of R&D projects as assigned by engineering. These tasks include, but are not limited to test method development and execution, fixture design and fabrication, equipment programming and qualification, prototyping, data collection and analysis.

  • Perform experiments and tests on a variety of projects as assigned by engineering.
  • Participate as required within R&D on various engineering efforts for new product development.
  • Assist in the generation of documentation (i.e. drawings, specs, procedures, travelers, etc) required to support new product development projects.
  • Troubleshoot and suggest creative solutions to design and testing issues.
  • Coordinate and execute building of prototypes/products per engineering design and instruction as required.
  • Ability to handle and maneuver small components and parts.
  • Work with engineering on build/test fixturing
  • Perform assembly and testing of small tubing components by adhesive bonding, or heat reflowing.
  • Understanding of and ability to utilize electronic data collection systems and computer software packages and possibly ability to analyze data using basic statistics.
  • Ability to prioritize work by determining the sequencing and timing of different jobs based on precedence and importance.
  • Follow safety guidelines and utilize appropriate safety devices when performing all tasks that require such precautions.
  • Create and Maintain accurate records to recreate desired build processes and designs.
  • Willingness for active participation, active listening, interpreting, cooperation and flexibility to allow for a successful self-managed team.
  • Clearly communicate ideas, problems and solutions to engineers.
  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.
  • Comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments.
  • Maintain positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.


Required Qualifications
  • Two year technical degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience with a variety of manufacturing processes and lab equipment.
  • Solid computer skills using Microsoft Office, Proficient using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • 4+ years of experience with assembly or testing of parts
  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Occasional or Regularly scheduled overtime is a requirement of this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with laser cutting, electropolishing, coil winding and braiding preferred.
  • Experience using MasterCam CAM software preferred
  • Nimble hands
  • Knowledge of Solidworks, Minitab, Labview are pluses but not required.
  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.
  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.
  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.
  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:
  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Student Loan Repayment Assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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