Senior Manufacturing Equipment Engineer - US - California - San Diego

  • Illumina
  • San Diego, California, U.S.
  • Oct 14, 2020
Full time Biotech

Job Description

The Manufacturing Technical Operations (MTO) team in San Diego is a part of Global Quality & Operations at Illumina and has responsibility for processes and equipment in Reagent manufacturing operations. The Senior Manufacturing Equipment Engineer will be part of the MTO organization and support Reagent manufacturing. The candidate will need to be skilled in the use of PLC, HMI devices, Robotics, Vision Systems, Pneumatics and Servo Motors. The candidate should have experience commissioning, operating and sustaining complex automated systems in a high-volume manufacturing environment. This person will join a dynamic, fast paced organization supporting new product development, as well as sustaining operations.



  • Participate in the specification development, commissioning (FAT, SAT), and validation (IQ/OQ/PQ) activities of new equipment/automated systems

  • Responsible for troubleshooting and fixing issues with large automated systems including: PLC, HMI devices, Pneumatics, Servo Motors, Vision Systems and Robotics

  • Support maintenance and troubleshoot computer and networking issues in relation to SCADA and DCS systems

  • Hands on investigation and troubleshoot manufacturing issues with a sense of urgency to prevent line down situations.

  • Designs, improves and implements production equipment/processes, fixtures/jigs for production equipment and assembly to improve product quality, increase productivity or reduce costs.

  • Establish and maintain the reliable and qualified operation of the reagent fill lines for both existing and new assets.

  • Perform Engineering Studies and re-qualifications of automated fill lines and other equipment

  • Optimize existing automated lines to improve performance, robustness and quality

  • Identify and lead projects to resolve and improve equipment reliability

  • Provide training and coaching to engineers and technicians on new and existing equipment and procedures.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including Manufacturing, Process Engineering, Quality and Product Development Team.



  • Experience and understanding of complex automated manufacturing systems, tools and components (electrical and pneumatic control, sensors, metrology systems, PLCs) required

  • Experience with equipment qualifications/validation (URS, FAT, SAT, IQ, OQ & PQ) required

  • Experience in troubleshooting PLCs (Beckhoff, Allen Bradley)

  • Hands on experience with controls equipment including PLCs, HMIs, SCADA systems, and networking equipment

  • Experience with Solidworks to create models and drawings for equipment designs. Perform Mechanical tooling and fixture design for equipment improvements.

  • Writing protocols, test scripts, user requirements, and system design documents experience preferable

  • Ability to troubleshoot and supervise all aspects of electrical control systems and equipment used in our automated manufacturing systems

  • Deep knowledge in the use of industrial automation devices (i.e. sensors, switches, load cells, cylinders, valves, motors, encoders, etc.)

  • Demonstrated use of Lean Six Sigma tools for continuous improvement

  • Experience with Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program and OEE metrics

  • Effective communication skills both verbal and written, analytical and organizational skills to manage different priorities

  • Must have the ability to shift priorities according to changes in department/facility needs and be open to different ideas/approaches

  • Self-directed mindset with high energy and works with minimal supervision or guidance

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Working knowledge of the principles of Industry 4.0

  • Must be willing to participate in an on-call rotation

  • Travel up to 20% as required


All listed requirements are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional task and responsibilities.



  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering with experience in control systems and software

  • 5+ years of system engineering experience, supporting automated manufacturing equipment preferably within biotech or medical device industries

  • Experience with liquid handling, tube filling, labeling and capping automation desirable

  • Experience with cGMP and 21 CFR part 11 and supporting manufacturing in an FDA regulated environment highly preferred



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