Sr. Mechanical Designer
Thoratec Corporation - Pleasanton, CA

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The Senior Mechanical Designer in the Mechanical Engineering Group engages in new product development, product engineering, and engineering support of mechanical and electro-mechanical medical devices. Primary responsibilities include mechanical design, electronic packaging with associated assembly and model documents. Additionally this position requires management of proto type samples and completion of tooling and parts throughout the design cycle. The incumbent will interact with cross-functional team members from a wide range of Thoratec departments in multiple geographic locations as well as with suppliers and customers.

This position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

High-quality execution and on-time achievement of solid model designs and associated documents.

Design and develop new, unique products and support existing products

ASME Y14.5-2009, Dimensioning and Tolerancing, including GD&T

Preparing tolerance analysis for engineering input

Create multiple concepts for complex problems, build representative prototypes (physical-prototypes and virtual-computer models)

Highly skilled in modeling solids and surfaces using solid modeling software (SolidWorks)

Prepare for comprehensive design reviews demonstrating attention to details

Interact and collaborate effectively with cross functional groups i.e. (Quality, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Marketing)

Team with engineering to create designs that meet and exceed product specifications, regulatory requirements and international standards

Grow and maintain technical knowledge current with advancing technologies related to product development of medical devices

Requires an A.S. in Mechanical Design

Requires 8-12 years of design related experience, medical device product development (GMP, FDA, CE) preferred.

Understanding materials fundamentals and processes.

Microsoft Windows 7 and Office Suite

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Must perform well in cross functional, highly dynamic development teams.

Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects. Maintain a professional credible image with key customers, vendors, coworkers and the technical community.

Experience with injection molded component development.

Hands on experience with 3D printers.

Hands on experience with machine shop equipment and practices.

Experience with SolidWorks advance features, e.g. Simulation, Surfaces, Autotrace, import and export files to and from other modeling sources.

Experience with Adobe Illustrator and Acrobat.


For more than 30 years, Thoratec has been committed to developing advanced medical technologies to improve patient survival and quality of life. Thoratec provides the broadest mechanical circulatory support portfolio to treat the full range of clinical needs. From acute to chronic heart failure, Thoratec offers proven device-based therapies to provide a new beginning for patients and their families. We value people who are passionate about collaboration, creativity, and quality. We give back to our community and help people live healthy lifestyles through support, education, involvement, and participation.

Thoratec employs more than 700 people worldwide. We are based in Pleasanton, California, with facilities in Burlington and Waltham, Massachusetts; Sunnyvale and Rancho Cordova, California; Cambridgeshire, UK; and Zurich, Switzerland.

Thoratec Corporation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Thoratec Corporation (Thoratec) is a manufacturer of mechanical circulatory support products for use by patients with heart failure (HF)....