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Full time
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Associate Engineer
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Abbott Laboratories | Santa Clara, CA
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Job Description

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.

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Primary Job Function:

An engineering professional who applies scientific knowledge, engineering knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to complete basic engineering assignments related to a specific technical field or discipline.

Core Job Responsibilities:

Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.


- Plans and conducts small-sized assigned projects within engineering speciality requiring conventional types of plans, investigations, and/or equipment.

- Implements plans; initiates execution of own work plan; monitors executions for adherence to plan, e.g. documents work status and reports to management with appropriate frequency.

- Facilitates the definition of a project scope with clients.

- Converts goals to tasks and steps. Within structure, plans own work, manages several, often concurrent, tasks to accomplish assigned tasks to meet or exceed expectations (cost, quality, time).

- Participates in basic economic analysis and feasibility studies related to project alternatives under guidance. Jointly responsible for achieving the project's financial targets in support of business objectives.


- Stays current. Keeps aware of the changing technical and competitive environment as it relates to the business; establishes a means of keeping abreast with technology on own engineering area and sharing with co-workers, e.g. stays current in product/process innovations in areas of expertise.

- Participates and/or assists other engineers in the design of products/processes/equipment/systems/facilities by applying standard engineering theories, concepts, and techniques wtihin the discipine.

- Investigates, conducts tests or experiments, gathers data, and performs preliminary analysis. Reports findings. Prepares and communicates recommendations and respective action plans.


- Creates/modifies designs for basic problems. Reviews existing layouts and standards and creates a proposed design, e.g. uses appropriate tools to complete design drawing/layout; designs a simple piece of equipment or system; modifies an existing design to meet a new need.

- Interprets problems/recommends solutions. Applies standard engineering principles and methodologies to interpret, draw conclusions, and recommend options for defined problems; considers a broad range of factors, e.g. qualifies costs and benefits in assigned projects; assures conformance to regulatory.

- Improves methods/designs/processes. Recognizes and implements good ideas/innovations/costs reductions; consistently generates/adopts original solutions to problems and reduces them to practices, e.g. implements better methods to reduce component costs; creatively applies others' design ideas.


- Assists in the training of personnel required for the operation of facilities/equipment.

- Establishes contacts with immediate supervisor, project leaders, and other professionals in the section or group.

- Prepares written communication. Conveys information effectively through formal and informal documents with team members, designers, technicians, and other technical personnel, both internal and external to Abbott, using appropriate communication protocols, e.g. develops proposals; conducts reviews; provides audience targeted content; prepares project summaries and design documentation. Obtains approval to proceed with proposed action plans.

- Establishes networks. Follows through on project goals; contributes willingly and incorporates the ideas of others; shares resources, knowledge, and accountability to benefit the objectives of the business, e.g. participates in team meetings; understands own limitations.

- Builds relationships, initiates and cultivates open, honest relationships with colleagues, customers, contractors, and vendors by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of others' needs, promoting common goals, and following through on commitments, e.g. offers assistance; interacts effectively with stakeholders at appropriate levels of the organization.

- Identifies ways to increase customer satisfaction. Establishes relationships and good communication channels with customers; searches for ways to increase customer satisfaction; documents, agreements and commitments, e.g. establishes clear expectations at the start of a project regarding costs, quality, and timelines; acts proactively to correct situations; keeps direct customers informed throughout the project.


- Complies with all regulations and standards for quality, Environment, Health, Safety and Energy (EHS&E) Global Policies, Abbott Engineering Standards, and other governance areas as applicable.

- Ensures quality and effectiveness of assigned tasks.

- Has awareness of the potential consequences (defects and failure modes) of design changes to established processes.

- Identifies areas of risk with respect to compliance.


- Assists in development of procedures and standards.

- Coordinates with technical support personnel to conduct prototype or experimental runs of products or processes.

- Directs the efforts of others such as technicians and outside resources.

- Performs tasks such as writing Requests for Capital Expenditures (RCEs), safety/quality checklists, scope documents, etc.

- Assists in the development and execution of validation protocols.


- Engineering Professional Development Program (EPDP)

- Associate Engineer

- Engineer III

- Associate Scientist

- Engineer, Entry

Position Accountability / Scope:

- Works under supervision of more experienced engineers who review results for overall accuracy, completeness, and soundness of technical judgment.

- Recognizes risks versus the relative gains associated with actions; understands projects critical success factors in own sphere, e.g. makes decisions regarding purchases, evaluating budget concerns against schedule; matches design specifics with respect to system performance.

- Responsible to meeting established objectives and goals.

- Drives functional performance that ensures the highest standard in quality, customer service, and regulatory compliance are met.

Minimum Education:

A Bachelors Degree in Engineering, science, or closely related discipline is desired, or equivalent technical experience plus demonstrated competence.

Minimum Experience / Training Required:

- Entry level. No experience to two-years experience is typical for this position. Previous internships assignment(s) preferred.

- Should be able to quickly gain knowledge, understanding, or skill, and willingly absorb and comprehend Abbott processes, policies, and methods. Possesses good human relation skills in both implementing and coordinating efforts involved across several disciplines.

- Interacts well with diverse groups within engineering and maintains strong working relationship with internal and external collaborators.

- Listens to and understands others' points of view and articulates tactfully and respectfully one's own perspective orally, in writing, and in presentations.

- Works well with other engineers in a collaborative, fast-paced goal-driven environment.

- Possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences.

About Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a diversified line of healthcare products. It has four segments. The Pharmaceutical Products segment's products include adult and pediatric pharmaceuticals. The Diagnostic Products segment's products include diagnostic systems and tests for blood banks, hospitals, commercial laboratories, physicians' offices, alternate care testing sites, plasma protein therapeutic companies and consumers. The Nutritional Products segment's products include a line of pediatric and adult nutritional. The Vascular Products segment's products include a line of coronary, endovascular and vessel closure devices. In February 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Company's SIMCOR (Niaspan/simvastatin), a medicine for cholesterol management. In January 2008, Abbott's HUMIRA (adalimumab) received approval from FDA, for moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis.