Mechanical Engineering Co-op - New Product Development in Burnaby at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 10/6/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Basic Function

  • This role will support the Opto-Mechanical team with thermal management solutions for a hand-held medical device.
  • It will be a mix of design/testing (60%), and technical writing/meetings/quality management system development (40%). 
  • This 8-month co-op term is preferably aimed at applicants in their 3rd or 4th year of a Biomedical, Mechanical, Electrical, Integrated, Mechatronics (or similar) program. It would be advantageous to have completed a previous co-op term.
  • This position will require a combination of in-office (Burnaby) and at-home work. 
  • This position provides an opportunity to learn about the design requirements of medical devices. Provides opportunity to design in CAD and exposure to fabrication techniques (3D printing, machining, etc). Provides opportunity to learn ASTM standards for drawings as well as other critical engineering skill sets. 



  • The primary responsibility is to develop a passive cooling solution for electronics within an electro-mechanical assembly.
  • Baselining thermal characteristics of electronic components, developing physical & FEA models, research/testing and selection of appropriate conductive materials, contributing to final design integration.
  •  Progress updates to be provided in design reviews as required
  • Vendor identification and liaison in support of prototyping and new product development
  • Design and build test fixtures and jigs in support of verification and product testing, as needed.
  • Additional responsibilities may include; assisting in assembly of prototype devices, development of opto-mechanical jigs & fixture, research on injection molding methods & materials, supporting the project manager as required.


While working with a team of engineers and under the supervision of a senior engineer, the co-op will be

expected to engage on some of the following types of activities:

  • Quality Management System DHF/DMR development on new and existing products, including documentation, meetings, and liaising across cross-functional teams.
  • Participate in front-end conceptual design and engineering activities on new products.
  • Sourcing components and identifying appropriate vendors.
  • Product and component testing both in the form of early laboratory prototypes and final, formal product

verification testing.

  • Design of test setups and testing conditions to investigate options for improving device performance.
  • May work with vendor engineers to design systems, and during early design stages to perform evaluations and experiments.
  • Participate in design reviews, risk management and associated risk control assessment.
  • Understand and follow proper procedures and best practices; work with senior engineers to improve them.
  • Actively contribute to and respect team decisions; strive for and abide by consensus; operate within Company

core values.

  • Contribute to project planning and commit to deliverable goals. Proactively report progress to project

management and R&D management when required.

  • Take direction as needed from senior engineers and R&D managers; complete most tasks with minimal

guidance; use resources responsibly and effectively.

  • Proactively seek out senior technical leaders and managers as necessary.

Physical requirements

  • Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 kilograms of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, etc. generally involves sitting most of the time.
  • Must be able to communicate with groups of people.
  • Must be able to review printed materials.
  • Ability to use common office equipment.

Mental requirements

  • Self-managed, self-motivated, with excellent hands-on problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to generate and explain design objectives.
  • Must be able to complete detailed documentation accurately. Astute attention to detail.
  • Must demonstrate creative thinking and paper-based problem-solving ability.
  • Must be able to review and troubleshoot designs and provide constructive feedback. Listens to others within the team environment to understand their thinking.

skills/Experience required

  • Self-managed and self-motivated critical given nature of position (largely working from home without constant oversight)
  • Hands-on problem-solving skills
  • Fluent with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Experience in 3D CAD modeling software, preferably SolidWorks.
  • Experience in FEA thermal modelling (ANSYS) preferred (on site training available)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to write procedures and present complex problems and solutions.

education/training required         

  • Enrolled in an engineering program – preferably 3rd or 4th year of an Engineering program (ME, EE, Biomedical, Integrated, Biomechanics, or similar)
  • Available for an 8-month co-op term

Work From Home: Occasional

Travel Percentage: 0%

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