Principal Mechanical Engineer

Pleasanton, CA, United States
Jan 21, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .

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What Your New Manager Wants You To Know

As a key member of Allergan Aesthetics (Cool Sculpting) technical staff, the Principal Mechanical Engineer will proactively provide innovative technical solutions and leadership based on extensive knowledge and experience of mechanical engineering in thermal management of electronics, electromechanical assemblies, control mechanisms, and the materials and processes specific to our industry. The candidate will have a long track record of taking a product from initial concept through product launch.

The successful candidate will implement product designs for performance, innovation, reliability, and cost. The engineer will not only conceptualize solutions but follow through as an individual contributor with detailed CAD designs, prototyping, testing, supplier management, and documentation. The engineer needs exceptional communication skills and the ability to perform analysis and generate design solutions for a wide range of sophisticated (cross-discipline) engineering challenges. Ideal candidates should have extensive experience in thermal management of electronics and have solved thermal challenges by using items such as heat pipes, thermoelectric modules, air cooled heat sinks, and water-cooled heat exchangers.

YOU ARE more than just a title, YOU ARE...

First class team player : collaborate across multiple disciplines to ensure compliance and ability to influence cross-functional teams and senior leadership.

You Will

Technical Leadership and Mentoring.
  • Provide leadership and direction for projects requiring both deep functional knowledge and broad cross-functional knowledge. Ability to independently solve problems and create complex designs requiring novel thinking. Capable of development of both system and sub-system designs. Contribute significantly to overall system architecture, especially for new platform projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide mentoring to other technical staff within and outside of the ME group. Creates formal networks involving coordination amongst groups.
  • Key contributor for design reviews and product planning sessions. Provide input from concept to production for all mechanical and other related design issues.

Creativity and Analytical Skills
  • Works on significant and unique issues where analysis of situations or data requires evaluation of minimally defined problems. Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Self-motivated and technically creative, with proven ability to identify and prioritize technical risks and develop innovative solutions. Employ best practices of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) for parts and production tools and be able to document the DFMA benefits of the design.
  • Research and analyze design inputs such as customer requests and marketing specifications to determine product concept feasibility.

Communication and Collaboration
  • Collaborate with different internal departments such as Electrical, Software, and Operations as part of a cross-disciplinary design team. In collaboration with Marketing and Clinical groups, establish a detailed understanding of user needs and requirements, and implement design solutions at both system and sub-system levels with a customer centered mindset.
  • Work closely with vendors and contract resources to develop new manufacturing processes and to insure design and documentation conformance to all quality requirements.
  • Support clinical studies of prototype systems for feasibility studies through production transfer.
  • Coordinate design constraints and resolves any design conflicts with minimal managerial intervention.

Planning and Documentation
  • Lead the effort to create project plans including schedules for limited scope investigations as well as new platform, long duration projects.
  • Plan, perform, and document evaluation tests and verification tests. For complex or longer duration tests, guide and direct technicians and engineers in the execution of the tests.

Products and components under development are likely to include

Injection molded plastic parts

Thin film sheeting.

Electromechanical components or subassemblies

Electrical connectors

Mechanical layout of flex circuits


Machined or sheet metal fabricated components

Elastomeric components

Pressure, force, and temperature sensor selection

Tape, adhesives, fasteners



You Bring
  • A BS Mechanical Engineering or equivalent degree strongly prefer advanced degree MS or PhD.
  • Innovation credentials (intellectual property - patents) are strongly preferred. Proven ability to translate inventions to production is a must.
  • A prolific track record of successful product innovations including named inventor on multiple patents. Knowledge of intellectual property processes is strongly preferred
  • Technical expertise in one or more mechanical engineering disciplines such as structural mechanics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics.
  • Experience on multiple projects in packaging of electronic systems with thorough understanding of design constraints and solutions for EMI mitigation, PCB layout and clearance issues, electrical safety.
  • Adept at finding the right cooling methodology including conduction, natural convection, forced air convection, liquid cooling, heat pipes and heat sinks.
  • Experience with prototype fabrication methods including SLA, RTV molds, FDM, casting, bonding.
  • Ability to design parts and assemblies (including injection-molded plastics, sheet metal, machined parts, mechanical PCB specs, cables, etc.) while considering performance, manufacturability, patient safety, regulatory requirements, quality, patent usage, and corporate goals.
  • Strongly prefer proficiency with 3D CAD software design tools for creating solid models, sheet metal parts; prefer experience with Creo (previously called Pro/E Wildfire) or Solid works. Must have experience with CAD analysis tools such as FEM (finite element modeling), CFD (computational fluid dynamics), or math analysis tools such as Mathcad. Software programming ability is a plus .

In this role, we're looking for a leader who will :
  • Act as an Owner
  • Be Excellence Focused
  • Act as an Influencer

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.