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Sr Test Engineer (Senior Mechanical Engineer)

Company: Planet Pharma
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Job Description:

* Can you please confirm your top 3 skills sets required?* Experimental fluid mechanics* Hands-on mechanical test design and execution* Vibration analysis * What is your target years of experience?* More than three, although we are flexible for candidates meeting the skill requirements* When do you plan to start interviewing?* Ideally in February* Will you be looking to hire and start ASAP or will this be delayed due to COVID? If ASAP, will the contingent worker be starting work remote or onsite?* ASAP* The role will be almost 100% onsite at the Medtronic Mounds View facility. This facility has been operating in a COVID-safe fashion continuously since the pandemic began.Position description, Senior Mechanical EngineerVentricular assist devices are amongst the most complex medical devices, with only two commercially approved companies in the US after almost 50 years of development. This position provides an exciting opportunity to work on these fascinating devices, supporting the development of the next generation of ventricular assist devices.The position is for an engineer to develop and execute lab experiments related to fluid/solid interactions and the fluid mechanics of the device as it influences functional performance and product requirements. Testing will be validating designs, characterizing response to various inputs, and assessing technical performance of devices and systems. There will also be lab work measuring forces and motions of vibrating and rotating machinery so a background with the basics of vibration and signal analysis is required. The work will involve designing and deploying custom test equipment as well as using standard engineering lab tools.A solid background in intermediate fluid mechanics is needed. Understanding the basics of laminar and turbulent flows, boundary layer flows, high and low Reynolds number flows, and their analysis is essential. Experience with thin film lubrication flows is desirable as well. Background and understanding the basics of vibration and vibration analysis is highly desirable.Required Skills And Education* Engineering BS with at least three years experience in mechanical engineering or a closely associated field (aerospace engineering, engineering mechanics, applied mechanics, aeronautical engineering, or chemical engineering).* Demonstrated experience performing fluid mechanics experiments* Ability to work and contribute in a collaborative team environment where work direction may come from more than one person. Ability to work on more than one project at a time and assess the priority of each project with limited guidance.* Excellent written and oral communications skills including technical report writing documenting laboratory experiments with summarized and detailed results. Ability to tailor written communications to the technical needs and background of the audience.* Analyze data and draw conclusions. Apply appropriate statistical tests and criteria to characterize the fidelity of conclusions. Understand the nature and influence of noise on data and data-based conclusions.* Design and documentation of simple jigs and fixtures. Collaborate with fabrication groups on appropriate designs and materials.* Familiarity with operation and use of lab electronics and diagnostic equipment (meters, scopes, power supplies, signal analyzers, load cells, pressure and flow meters, computers for instrument control and data acquisition, etc.)Desired Skills And Education* Technical MS with at least three years work experience.* Demonstrated experience developing fluid mechanics experiments or industrial tests on pumps, rotating machinery, or disk drives* Demonstrated experience with vibration tests rotating equipment such as pumps, turbomachinery, motors, or disk drives* Ability to design and run computer-controlled instrumentation including USB and serial device communication for data acquisition and analysis.* Familiarity with cardiac biomedical devices.* Ability to read and understand peer-reviewed publications related to our field and apply others learning to solving problems.* Experience with an industry-standard 3D solid modeling program.Other* Occasional need to lift 35-50 lb.* Work in a lab at a bench, either sitting or standing for extended periods of time, as well as in an office environment.The Planet Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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