Stryker’s Sports Medicine business delivers a wide range of innovative sports medicine implants, instrumentation, resection, biologic and software-based image processing solutions. Our solutions focus on minimally invasive and open approaches to the shoulder, knee, hip and small joints. This position supports testing on new products to market for our Sports Medicine business and ensures that clinical needs and quality are met for our customers. Test Engineers work closely with R&D and other Test Engineers to experiment with early prototypes and vet out product designs throughout the design process. What this really means is that we get to be Mythbusters. You think your design can last the entire expected service life? We put it to the test. Just like the show, we quickly design and build fixtures to simulate real life situations. In addition to these experiments, we are ultimately responsible for design verification – the quantitative testing of the technical specifications of the product. We are a close-knit team with a variety of experience and technical specialties. If you’re the type of person that has the magic ability to break things – we want you!
Who we want:
Dedicated achievers. People who thrive in a fast-paced environment and will stop at nothing to ensure a project is complete and meets regulations and expectations.
Analytical problem solvers. People who go beyond just fixing to identify root causes, evaluate optimal solutions, and implement robust solutions to prevent future issues.
Effective communicators. People who can concisely communicate results, expectations, and recommendations to stakeholders, external suppliers, and their teams.
Stryker is hiring an R&D Test Engineer in Greenwood Village, CO.
What you will do:
As an R&D Test Engineer, you will evaluate and bring new products to market for our Sports Medicine business. Furthermore, you will develop test plans, methods, and fixtures to challenge product design candidates and ensure that they meet functional requirements.
- Responsible for Design Evaluation at all product lifecycles – concept, experimentation, formal verification, sustaining
- Observes and evaluates customer needs and clinical procedures to determine how new product concepts and prototypes should be tested on the bench.
- Evaluates design candidates through bench testing (mechanical, electromechanical, simulated use, etc.). Collaborates with Design Engineering team to evaluate test data and to determine whether design candidates meet functional requirements.
- Owns test strategy and test plan for new product development and sustaining projects including pilot and verification testing.
- Represents clinical environments in our lab tests – strive for repeatability, reproducibility, and accuracy of tests
- Prevent product failures in the field, minimize the number of complaints received for our products
- Designs and coordinates standard engineering tests and experiments. Trains and coordinates R&D technicians to execute product testing. Summarizes, analyzes, and draws conclusions from test results using statistical methods. Prepares test documentation to communicate results to technical community, including formal test protocols, test reports, and related design history documentation.
- Develops and establishes test methods to meet functional specification requirements. Ensures that test methods are representative of product clinical use, and that they adequately challenge the device.
- Develops mechanical and/or electromechanical fixtures using latest technology, with the goal of increasing accuracy, repeatability and efficiency of the associated test method.
- Improves upon the design and clinical relevance of existing test methods/fixtures in support of sustaining existing product lines.
- Applies engineering principles/methods to independently troubleshoot and root-cause testing failures associated with design candidates.
- Maintains a strong working relationship with the design team throughout the design and development process.
- Coordinates testing with outside firms, as needed.
What you will need:
- BS in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or related discipline
- Prefer to have some design experience
- Knowledge of basic statistical principles (i.e. basic understanding of sampling populations and running simple statistical tests to show “significance” in test results)
- Knowledge of Minitab or equivalent statistical software, preferred
- Knowledge of Creo or equivalent CAD software, preferred
- Understanding of logic and control of electromechanical systems
- Exposure to 3D printing – knowledge of rapid prototyping materials, capabilities, cost, design for printing, etc.
- Works cooperatively with Design, Quality, Manufacturing, Regulatory, Clinical, Marketing and Project Management to ensure project success
- Collaborates with peers to leverage and share engineering best practices
- Works independently to plan and schedule own activities to meet project timelines
- Applies knowledge of customer problems to the product development process. Understands the basic principles of minimally invasive surgery.