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Principal Automation Equipment Engineer

Location: San Jose, CA, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Engineering

A family-owned company, bioMérieux has grown to become a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. For almost 60 years and across the world, we have imagined and developed innovative diagnostics solutions to improve public health. Today, our teams are spread across 44 countries and serve 160 countries with the support of a large distribution network. This includes our SLC site, formerly known as BioFire Diagnostics.


The estimated salary range for this role based in California is between $145,200 and $174,200 annually. This role is eligible to receive a variable annual bonus based on company, team, and individual performance per bioMerieux’s bonus program. This range may differ from ranges offered for similar positions elsewhere in the country given differences in cost of living. Actual compensation within this range is determined based on the successful candidate’s experience and will be presented in writing at the time of the offer.

In addition, bioMérieux offers a competitive Total Rewards package that may include:

  • A choice of medical (including prescription), dental, and vision plans providing nationwide coverage and telemedicine options
  • Company-Provided Life and Accidental Death Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan including a generous non-discretionary employer contribution and employer match.
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Wellness Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Various voluntary benefit offerings
  • Discount programs
  • Parental leaves

The Company

The world is facing a medical crisis, bacteria are increasingly evolving resistance to even our strongest antibiotics.  The problem is already very real and immediate; for example, bloodstream infection leading to sepsis is now responsible for more than half of all deaths in hospitals (>52%) and is the most expensive condition treated in hospitals. Sepsis mortality rate increases >6% every hour without effective antibiotic treatment. Yet, despite the life and death urgency, and healthcare cost impacts, current methodologies require 3 days to determine the correct antibiotic.

Specific Diagnostics, a bioMerieux company, has developed a breakthrough solution to rapidly determine the effective antibiotic treatment for bloodstream and other acute infections. Used for bloodstream infection Specific’s Reveal system provides results 2 days sooner (1 day vs 3 days).

This is an opportunity to join us at an inflection point in our business as we grow in the EU and prepare for launch in the US. 

The Job

The Principal Equipment Engineer will have the responsibility to oversee the sustainment, and improvement of the performance of production equipment to ensure product quality and to procure new equipment to scale up manufacturing capacity. This position will work with cross functional teams and/or external vendors to develop and integrate electromechanical interface and/or software, data acquisition/processing to improve manufacturing or inspection capability.  This role will require hands on engagement at the tool, troubleshooting mechanical, electro-mechanical, electrical and automation controls. Extensive experience with automated assembly equipment and high-volume manufacturing in an FDA regulated environment is required. 

Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for reliable operation of equipment and develop methods to enhance manufacturing processes and overall productivity.
  • Drive equipment initiatives to improve product quality, increase part throughout, decrease equipment downtime, and strengthen safety measures.
  • Work with cross functional teams to identify systemic equipment issue and implement effective mitigations.
  • Assess and define new equipment specifications to scale up production capability.
  • Manage internal and/or external equipment builder and oversee equipment deployment to production line.
  • Establish and define equipment troubleshooting procedures.
  • Provide the hands-on training to engineers and technicians to improve knowledge and response times.
  • Drive improvement of equipment metrics (MTTR, MTBF, OEE).
  • Support equipment optimization during validation and qualification (IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Assist in failure investigations and root cause analyses as they relate to equipment performance.
  • Responsible for evaluating, defining, and establishing Calibrations and Preventive Maintenance (PM) programs (procedures and schedule) and for training manufacturing personnel.
  • Assess and define critical spare parts program to ensure business continuity.
  • Troubleshoot manufacturing equipment to ensure production continuity and document failure analysis and corrective actions per quality management system.
  • Be the SME for cleanroom design and provide recommendations during facility and capacity expansion projects.
  • Collaborate with internal or external teams to lead/support projects related to:
  • Automation
  • Vision system
  • Manufacturing equipment upgrade and new technology
  • Facility equipment
  • Comply to GMP and GDP principles and QMS documentation requirement.
  • Other duties or support assigned by the manager. 


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with minimum of 10 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level.
  • Must have the ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment with proven ability to be flexible and adaptable within a changing dynamic environment and ambiguous scope.
  • Working knowledge of GMP, ISO, and FDA rules and regulatory requirements FDA QSR and ISO 13485 medical device regulations.
  • Experience in Electro-mechanical troubleshooting, pneumatics, system/SW integration
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Hands on experience with high volume and fast pace medical device manufacturing equipment
  • Extensive experience with equipment troubleshooting, root cause analysis, equipment engineering, failure investigations and automated assembly equipment.
  • Proficient with mechanical design concepts, machinery, and automation: Electrical, Mechanical, and Electromechanical schematics, motors, pumps, vacuum, and hydraulics.
  • Experience with factory expansion and manufacturing lines scale up from manual process to automation.
  • Hands on experience with facilities equipment, cleanroom, and environmental controls and monitoring system
  • Comfortable with managing external vendors and projects.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of GMP, ISO, and FDA rules and regulatory requirements.
  • Prior experience with ink jet printers or printing technology is a plus.

Please be aware that recruitment related scams are on the rise. Fraudulent job postings are being placed on other websites, and individuals posing as bioMérieux Talent Acquisition team members are reaching out via email or text message in an attempt to collect your personal and confidential information. In some cases, these scammers are also conducting bogus interviews prior to extending fraudulent offers of employment. Beware of individuals reaching out using general phone numbers and non-bioMerieux email domains (i.e.,,, etc.). If you are concerned that an interview experience or offer of employment might be a scam, please make sure you are searching for the posting on our careers site or contact us at [email protected].

BioMérieux Inc. and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Please be advised that the receipt of satisfactory responses to reference requests and the provision of satisfactory proof of an applicant’s identity and legal authorization to work in the United States are required of all new hires. Any misrepresentation, falsification, or material omission may result in the failure to receive an offer, the retraction of an offer, or if already hired, dismissal. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation in BioMérieux’s or its affiliates’ application process by contacting us via telephone at (385) 770-1132, by email at [email protected], or by dialing 711 for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

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