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Thermo Fisher Scientific Manufacturing Engineer in Madison, Wisconsin

Job Description

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

The Molecular Spectroscopy business unit enables its customers to shorten discovery paths, efficiently turn data into answers, and ensure their products meet quality standards with industry-leading analytical instruments in vibrational and UV-visible spectroscopy, surface and micro analysis, extrusion, rheology, and X-Ray Fluorescence, X-Ray Diffraction, Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Automation Solutions. With primary operating/ manufacturing locations in North America (Madison) and Europe (Germany, UK, Switzerland), and a global commercial presence, the business serves scientists in a diverse array of process/manufacturing, QA/QC, analytical service, and academic research laboratories to better understand and characterize materials on a chemical, mechanical and elemental level​. This Manufacturing Engineer opportunity resides in Madison, WI, headquarters of the Spectroscopy Business unit. Our site comprises acres in suburban Fitchburg, with easy access to the bike trails, auto commuting arteries and the bus lines.

How will you make an impact?

Oversee manufacturing processes to assure the sub-assembly, instrument assembly, and test processes are running optimally. Assure the manufacturing team has everything they need to produce quality products, on time, and at the lowest possible cost. Drive and participate in product and process related Lean manufacturing and continuous improvement activities.

What will you do?

  • Drive the development and implementation of the manufacturing assembly and test strategy of components, sub-assemblies, and end products

  • Develop manufacturing assembly and test work instructions, guides, and procedures

  • Represent manufacturing on NPI teams to develop the most efficient design using DFM, serviceability, and Lean methodologies

  • Drive the use of Lean methodologies and tools such as Kaizen, Kanban, 5S, poke-yoke, and value stream mapping

  • Drive cell design and continuous improvement of manufacturing processes within the value stream

  • Drive improvements in assembly and test processes to reduce scrap and rework

  • Ensure tooling, fixtures, and equipment has adequate documentation including verification procedures, functional specifications, system documentation, user-guides, component/assembly drawings, bill of materials, and purchase specifications

  • Participate in supplier assessment and corrective actions as applicable to improve quality of incoming material

  • Participate in first article approval process for new parts, part revisions, and supplier changes

  • Quickly disposition and root cause component and assembly failures

  • Execute engineering change orders to accurately manage modifications to drawings, procedures, assemblies, and bills of materials

  • Other duties as assigned

How will you get here?


  • Bachelors in Mechanical, Industrial, or Electrical Engineering is desired or equivalent experience and training can be considered


  • Two or more years of related experience with good engineering practices including documentation, GD&T, change control, product structure, and bills of materials

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with optics, optical instruments, high vacuum systems, and vacuum coating equipment a strong plus

  • Experience with electro-mechanical assembly in a low to med volume facility helpful

  • Statistical knowledge including SPC and DOE

  • Experience in the use of process improvement and Lean methodologies such as Kaizen, Kanban, 5S, poke-yoke, and value stream mapping

  • Project management experience

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.