R&D Technician

Date: Jan 19, 2022

Location: Plymouth, MN, US

Company: Teleflex

Expected Travel: None

Requisition ID: 5303


About Teleflex Incorporated

Teleflex is a global provider of clinically effective medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. We apply purpose driven innovation – a relentless pursuit of identifying unmet clinical needs – to benefit patients and healthcare providers. Our portfolio is diverse, with solutions in the fields of vascular and interventional access, interventional cardiology, surgical, anesthesia, cardiac care, interventional urology, urology, emergency medicine and respiratory care. Teleflex employees worldwide are united in the understanding that what we do every day makes a difference. For more information, please visit teleflex.com.


US COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements:

Teleflex is focused on the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our customers. Teleflex will comply with US government regulations regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements for US workers.  To ensure we are prepared for all applicable vaccination requirements, Teleflex is currently collecting vaccination status and accommodation requests from our US based employees. 

Employees and new hires in sales or field-based roles that require vendor credentials to access to medical facilities as an essential function of the job may be required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination based on customer/site requirements. This requirement is independent of Teleflex policy or any applicable US governmental regulations.


OEM – Teleflex Medical OEM is a leading global provider of product development and production services for medical device manufacturers. We set ourselves apart with deep expertise, decades of experience, a dedication to design for manufacturability, and extensive, in-house capabilities, which include engineering, regulatory services, material selection and formulation, prototyping, manufacturing, assembly and packaging. We deliver industry-changing innovations and next-generation solutions for extrusions; diagnostic and interventional catheters; balloons and balloon catheters; sheath/dilator sets; specialty sutures, braids and fibers; and bioabsorbable sutures, yarns and resins. Join a dynamic, growing team that offers healthcare providers an array of medical technology solutions that make a difference in patients’ lives.

Position Summary

The R&D Technician is responsible for managing quick turn medical device OEM projects, prototyping catheters and subassemblies, developing processes for producing custom designed catheters to acceptable yield and throughput metrics, qualifying and validating these processes and ramping up to production levels before transferring process ownership to production.  The technician will also be responsible for improving existing production processes.

Candidate must be able to work with some supervision in a fast-paced, customer-centric environment; should enjoy communicating with customers, vendors, and internal departments; and be passionate about our goal of consistent on-time delivery of high-quality products. 

This position is ideally suited for technicians with a broad range of catheter development experiences, who like to roll up their sleeves and spend time on the production floor.  Typical projects last a few weeks, not months, so the position is a good fit for technicians who enjoy autonomy and seeing quick results from their efforts.

Principal Responsibilities

•    Work with engineers to clarify or resolve problems, and develop designs
•    Collaborate with engineers and assemblers/operators during development, provide instruction and expertise as needed to resolve issues with technique
•    Effectively communicate with the larger R&D team including engineering manager, engineers, and operators  
•    Support plan and manage product development efforts including interacting with customers, communicating with vendors and suppliers, writing procedures, recording and analyzing data, building products and training others to build product
•    Collaborate with engineering to develop, document and build prototype products, fixtures, and tooling to produce catheters according to to customer design, performance, and quality specifications; on time and on budget
•    Initiate and document development assembly processes for use in production work instructions
•    Perform and coordinate production and testing of development projects as directed by engineers
•    Support product transfer from R&D to pilot production to full production through training and process development
•    Maintain lab notebook practices in accordance with company quality procedures
•    Maintain lab supplies and cleanliness
•    Hands-on catheter design, development, and assembly; Including but not limited to: braiding, reflow, coiling, bonding, tipping, skiving, inspection or other processes
•    Track material lead times, scrap rates, and product delivery schedules
•    Project management: material management, operator management, prototype and yield management, etc.
•    Design for manufacturability and assembly
•    Hands-on process design, development, validation, and transfer experience.
•    Implement cost reductions by working closely with production to reduce scrap and waste, and improve efficiencies
•    Other duties as assigned 

Education / Experience Requirements

•    High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution, preferred.
•    A minimum of 2 years of regulated medical device R&D technician experience, or equivalent, is required 
•    Associates degree in material science, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality Engineering, or related field, preferred
•    A minimum of 2 years of experience designing, developing, and assembling catheters or catheter sub-assemblies, preferred

Specialized Skills / Other Requirements

•    Working knowledge of manufacturing processes related to medical device manufacturing
•    Proficient in MS Office products
•    Experience in SAP or similar MRP/ERP system preferred
•    Excellent Oral and Written communication skills
•    Familiarity with statistical process control and metrology team
•    Working knowledge of lean manufacturing processes related to medical device manufacturing
•    Self-starter, ability to prioritize work and work independently
•    Project management skills
•    Experience with 3D modeling a plus
•    Knowledge of reinforced catheters is highly preferred 
•    May be required to work overtime on weekends, 1st or 2nd shift.  Travel to customers, vendors or alternate manufacturing locations on occasion.

Physical Requirements:
•    Frequently required to stand, walk, sit and use small tools
•    Capable of using equipment such as a microscope, soldering iron, mechanical and electrical assembly tooling and fixtures, adhesive dispenser, tweezers, crimpers, cutters and hand tools.
•    Some lifting up to 20 pounds.


Teleflex, Inc. is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. D/V/M/F. Applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status. If you require accommodation to apply for a position, please contact us at: 262-439-1894.

Teleflex is the home of Arrow®, Deknatel®, Hudson RCI®, LMA®, Pilling®, Rüsch®, UroLift® and Weck® – trusted brands united by a common sense of purpose. Teleflex, the Teleflex logo, Arrow, Deknatel, Hudson RCI, LMA, Pilling, Rüsch, UroLift and Weck are trademarks or registered trademarks of Teleflex Incorporated or its affiliates, in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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