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Staff Controls Engineer

Company: Cepheid
Location: San Jose
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving health care through fast, accurate diagnostic testing. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, as we develop scalable, groundbreaking solutions to solve the world's most complex health challenges. Our associates are involved in every stage of molecular diagnostics, from ideation to development and delivery of testing advancements that improve patient outcomes across a range of settings. As a member of our team, you can make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development.

Cepheid is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Danaher Diagnostics companies. Together, we're working at the pace of change on diagnostic tools that address the world's biggest health challenges, driven by knowing that behind every test there is a patient waiting.

Learn about the Danaher Business System which makes everything possible.

The Staff Automation Controls Engineer is responsible for technical guidance and support to design and develop high-volume automated equipment, utilized in the production of consumables used for diagnostics. Advocates for sound manufacturing improvements and techniques to increase production yields and to improve production efficiencies.

Serves as an adviser to Automation Engineers with less experience. Applies best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to build robust automation systems.

This position is part of the Automation Engineering and will be located in Sunnyvale CA. At Business solutions/Automation Engineering, our Vision is to be the Manufacturing Operations center of Excellence for Business Solutions, Automation Controls, and Compliance

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Serve as an interdepartmental connection to interpret/obtain customers' needs to improve processes and equipment efficiency
  • Serve as a technical expert in design reviews and foster utilization of new technologies, when necessary, in order to build reliable high-volume equipment
  • Serve as a technical resource for Automation Controls Engineers with less expertise
  • Generate documentation to aid in the qualification and validation of automated equipment
  • Improve software validation process, and execute equipment validation Protocols as required
  • Configure, program, test, and troubleshoot PLC based control systems and associated components
  • Create, implement, and own standards for the controls group The essential requirements of the job include:
    • BS in Engineering or related technical field with 8 years of related work experience OR MS degree (or higher) with 6 years of related work experience
    • Experience with Rockwell PLC programming and development of source code for automated and semi-automated manufacturing equipment
    • Experience including but not limited to high-speed manufacturing equipment, precision mechanism, robotics, and automation modules such as kinematics, dynamics, motion control, vision systems, servo controls, and pneumatic actuators.
    • Experience testing and validating high-speed/Volume manufacturing equipment It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:
      • Electrical design, testing, and commissioning of control systems, control panels, and associated equipment
      • Lead functional teams or projects with moderate resource requirements, risk, and/or complexity, as well as provide technical expertise, guidance, and judgement
      • Specify system components and suppliers
      • Experience designing custom applications under the Ignition platform Cepheid, a Danaher company, offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to our lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at

        When you join us, you'll also be joining Danaher's global organization, where 80,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you'll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

        Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.

        The EEO posters are available here.

        We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request accommodation.

        If you've ever wondered what's within you, there's no better time to find out.

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