Sr. R&D Technician

in Plymouth, MN

Sr. R&D Technician Job

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  • Job Location

    Plymouth, MN, US

  • Job Category

    Research & Development

  • Job Type

    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 5 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of .
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

Senior R&D Technician

Plymouth, MN

Leading an active lifestyle is important to the many people we serve. In Abbott’s Structural Heart division, we’re advancing the treatment of heart disease through breakthrough medical technologies, allowing people to restore their health and get on with their lives. 

As a Senior R&D Technician, you will be part of our Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) research and development team focused on delivering the future in heart valve therapy.  This role may involve a range of responsibilities including but not limited to CAD model creation and documentation, prototyping, bench testing, test fixture design and fabrication, test method development, and working in a collaborative environment with teammates.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build working prototypes and fixtures using techniques such as mill, lathe, reflow oven, etc.
  • Independently conduct testing and prototyping efficiently and effectively
  • Train users into prototyping processes developed with minimal oversite
  • Work from schematics, engineering drawings, and written or verbal instructions
  • Develop test methods and conduct model development, as needed
  • Create and maintain 3D CAD models, assemblies and prints
  • Construct, operate, troubleshoot, calibrate, adjust, maintain and test equipment, systems or products
  • Qualify equipment for processing and testing of medical devices
  • Follow Good Documentation Practices to capture data into Excel, Minitab, or paper datasheets
  • Use observations and critical thinking to identify important observations and trends during product testing and then clearly communicate them to the broader team
  • Identify product or project risks and suggestions for potential mitigations
  • Be a strong team player with demonstrated ability to use critical thinking skills
  • Maintain positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees and suppliers
  • Comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments

Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Minimum 6 years of work experience, primarily in R&D engineering
  • Associate’s degree or 4 years of additional experience
  • Ability to work within cross-functional teams as an individual contributor in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong verbal and written communications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with delivery systems or reflowed catheter shafts
  • Experience with modeling tools like SolidWorks preferred
  • Experience with most basic statistical analysis tools like Minitab preferred
  • Experience with Good Documentation Practices preferred


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer: 

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance  
  • Student Loan Repayment Program
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans  
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs 
  • Paid time off  
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match 
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities 

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully:  

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity. Connect with us at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal. 

The base pay for this position is $23.25 – $46.45 per hour. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • diagnostics
  • minitab
  • solidworks
  • prototyping
  • cad
  • test equipment
  • modeling
  • product testing
  • statistical analysis tools
  • modeling tools
  • good documentation practices
  • risk identification
  • prototyping processes training
  • engineering drawings


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Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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