Senior Mechanical Designer, Automated Systems
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Burlington, NL, CAN
3d ago

Senior Mechanical Designer, Automated Systems

Requisition ID : 120915BR

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them.

Canada - Burlington, ON

Laboratory Automation

How will you make an impact?

The Laboratory Automation group is looking for a talented Senior Mechanical Designer to join our Operations team. You will be a member of the project teams helping our major customers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields in accelerating their development of drug discovery and synthetic biology.

You will play an important role in collaborating with customers to translate their complex and challenging scientific processes into effective automated solutions.

The primary responsibility of Mechanical Designer is to provide engineered-to-order (ETO) automated laboratory equipment designs that meets or exceeds our customer’s expectations in a project team environment while maintaining cost, delivery and performance.

What will you do?

Ensure the design solutions provided meet the customer’s requirements with an understanding of the full function of the system usage and serviceability

Act as a direct customer contact to efficiently move through the design phase of the project

Participate as part of a cross-functional project team including; Project Managers, Integrators, Electrical Designers, and Procurement

Design mechanical parts and assemblies for custom robotic systems using SolidWorks

Selecting components and materials to meet the functional and aesthetic design requirements

Preparation of 2D mechanical drawings using SolidWorks

Perform engineering calculations for stresses, strength and deflections under static loading

Perform robot arm reach assessments to ensure the end effectors can reliably pick and place parts to the various instruments and stations

Analyze designs for safety compliance to locally legislated requirements such as OSHA, CSA, CE or customer specific

Prepare Bills of Materials (BOM) for order release in the ERP system

Maintain 3D & 2D design masters and libraries structured in the PDM database for commonly used components and assemblies to allow for design efficiency and consistency project to project

Ensure design issues and / or problems are resolved effectively and properly vetted by the cross-functional team

Promote a cross-functional team environment through design reviews at key stages of the projects

Work with vendors to review designs for manufacturability and research the best components for the system

Provide pre-order technical support and 3D designs when required in support of customer bids

Participate in post-mortem project reviews and contribute to the continuous improvement efforts

How will you get here?


Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field


10 years’ experience in a mechanical design role

3 years’ experience utilizing SolidWorks for 3D part designs

3 years’ experience in a computer-aid design system : Inventor, Pro-E or CATIA

Experience with robotic and / or automated systems considered an asset

Experience in a customer facing role

Professional Engineers of Ontario () license considered an asset

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Demonstrated proficiency with SolidWorks for 3D modelling

Able to perform mechanical engineering analysis, including bearing sizing, mechanical interface calculations, and stress calculations

Solid understanding of FEA simulations

Understanding of Geometric Tolerancing & Dimensioning (GD&T)

Understanding of the various fabrication processes used in mechanical assemblies

Strong communication skills, both verbal and written with internal and customer facing teams

Detailed oriented and strong organizational skills

Excellent time management skills, able to manage competing priorities

Our global team of more than 75,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon.

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