Automation Engineer I

Rockville, Maryland | Direct Hire

Post Date: 12/01/2016 Job ID: 5370 Labor Category: Mechanical Designer Pay Rate: 73000

The Automation Engineer I will design and build high performance, automated process equipment used for manufacturing and/or laboratory automation systems. These systems include, but are not limited to automated reagent dispensers, assembly, machine vision, and liquid handling systems for micro-plate test kit and micro-fluidic assay cartridges used in the biodefense, clinical, and life-science markets.


• Closely work with cross-functional teams to support the needs of new product development programs and expand the capacity of existing manufacturing lines through automation
• Configure, validate and troubleshoot automation system hardware
• Provide equipment support to the consumables manufacturing group and the assay development group
• Design and build automated assembly and process equipment
• Design and build fixtures for manufacturing and assay development
• Interact with outside vendors to source equipment and components
• Support new product development
• Specific duties may vary depending upon department requirements



• Bachelor’ s degree in Computer Science or Electrical, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering is preferred (3 years’ experience in automation equipment design may be substituted for degree) 
• 3D CAD (preferably SolidWorks) modeling is preferred
• Prior experience in specifying, selecting and integrating assembly, process control and inspection instrumentation such as industrial robots, PLCs, machine vision, and digital and analog sensors is desirable
• Experience in a cGMP, ISO or other regulated production environment is a plus

Joseph Patrowicz

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