Component Engineer (Kennewick, WA)

Cadwell Industries, Inc.

Kennewick, WA

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Position Summary: 

The Component Engineer supports the Cadwell engineering teams in the management, selection, technical qualification, and regulatory and environmental compliance of a broad spectrum of electronic and mechanical components used in the Cadwell product lines of Class I and II medical devices. This position is responsible for the component request/change process, the correct setup of required fields in the Manufacturing Resource Planning system, and vendor relations. 

This position is located on-site at company headquarters in Kennewick, WA.

Key Duties / Responsibilities:  

  • Responsible for Cadwell products to meet regulatory and environmental compliance requirements. This includes maintaining an understanding of the compliance requirements and developing practices and procedures that ensure that Cadwell remains compliant.
  • Develops and enforces a disciplined approach to electronic component selection, documentation, and qualification.  
  • Accurately tracks component usage of various printed circuit assemblies and systems; uses data in decision-making such as to determining the impact of obsolescence or alternate suppliers/components as well as assisting in determining stock safety levels.
  • Provide technical guidance on the selection of electronic and mechanical components used on Cadwell’s circuit assemblies and systems as well as alternate suppliers.
  • Complete documentation and maintains the component database, consisting of manufacturer part numbers, datasheets, alternate components, in accordance with Company and regulatory and environmental requirements.
  • Provides technical guidance to the engineering team.
  • Participates in engineering project teams, as a dependable and effective member, meeting deliverables and deadlines.
  • Participates in technical presentations to both small and large groups.
  • Maintains current knowledge on industry trends, technical developments and state-of-the art product offerings in Cadwell target markets, and researches best practices to complete projects and assignments. 
  • Primary interfaces with contract manufacturers regarding all aspects of BOM transfer, NPI, revision, and EOL component issues.
  • Processes Component Design Change Request, Change Orders and Deviations. Coordinates failure analysis and corrective activities on component parts.
  • Manages the component purchases for internal R&D, test engineering, and prototype needs.
  • Determines the incoming inspection requirements.
  • Explores opportunities to lower the COGs of existing products and products in development.
  • Performs other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.

Education / Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field required; experience accepted in lieu of degree.                                
  • 5+ years of related experience in component engineering in a manufacturing environment required.

Job Knowledge / Requirements:  

  • Completes work both independently and as an effective member of the team, adapting to changing requirements, deadlines, and priorities as needed.
  • Ability to read and understand electronic component datasheets.
  • Ability to read and understand electrical schematics.
  • Competency in computer skills: MS Office and Google applications, query tools, and database systems.
  • Strong English written and oral communication skills required, including understanding, explaining, presenting and documenting complex technical processes and issues.  
  • Interacts with co-workers and customers with a professional and solutions-oriented approach.
  • Thorough knowledge of Cadwell product lines and technology, and standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the medical devices field.

Physical Requirements / Working Conditions:  

  • Positions working with Cadwell equipment generally may require some reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, crawling, kneeling, pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, finger dexterity, repetitive motions, standing, walking, sitting, hearing, visual acuity, color vision, and 2-way written/verbal communication. More specific details may be provided as needed or requested.
  • Extensive use of the computer.
  • Travel may be required; must be able to obtain necessary travel documents.
  • Work hours outside normal business hours may be required to meet business needs.