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CIVCO Medical Instrument Co Inc Mechanical Designer in Kalona, Iowa



The Mechanical Designer is responsible for tool and fixture development, design, and implementation activities within the area of new product development with a focus on small development projects in coordination with engineering, project management and manufacturing. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to developing and implementing improved methods of manufacturing, procedures, and processes which result in improved efficiencies, yields, machine operations and quality. This position is part of our Infection Control and Guidance Business Unit. This position is non-exempt and is located at the manufacturing facility in Kalona, IA.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. (Other duties may be assigned.)

Mechanical Design:

  • Tool design and manufacturing resource for small new product development projects including tooling development, design for manufacturability, manufacturing cost estimates, drawing creation, prototyping, manufacturing router creation, packaging, and production transfer.

  • Coordinates and executes design for manufacturing reviews.

  • Coordinates and executes process validation for small new product development projects.

  • Improve and standardize business unit and organizational processes by working with cross-functional teams focusing on Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing methodologies.

  • Designs and develop complex fixtures, assemblies, templates, and other manufacturing aids to increase manufacturing yield and throughput.

  • Analyze new manufacturing processes to determine if manufacturing in-house or outsourcing is the most effective option.

Quality Assurance:

  • Generates and updates quality system (i.e. standard operating procedure and work instruction) and project related documentation as needed (i.e. qualification protocols/report, design history file documents, work orders, charters).

  • Understands and follows engineering related and overall company processes.

  • Understand and executes manufacturing responsibilities within a regulated quality system such as ISO 13485.


  • Assist in the validation and technology transfer of CIVCO processes to quality, cost-effective, and reliable suppliers.

  • Assist in the development of product and process requirements including raw materials, components, finished product, tooling, fixtures, equipment, and manufacturing systems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrates design, documentation, materials management, and design for manufacturing skills.

  • Demonstrates troubleshooting abilities, good communication skills, and attention to detail.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Teams, PowerPoint)

  • Experience with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools (including 3D modeling), PTC Creo Parametric and PTC Windchill.

  • Experience with manufacturing processes; including injection molding, machining, and mechanical assembly.

  • Regular, predictable attendance is required for the ability complete all work.

  • Requires face-to-face interaction with team members, peers, and management to complete work and provide support.

  • Ability to work more than 40 hours per week (overtime) if needed based on business demand.

  • Ability to demonstrate and promote CIVCO Values.

Education and/or Experience

Minimum of a high school diploma or GED; and three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Associate’s Degree (A.S.) in science or related certificate from an accredited community college and/or technical institute is preferred.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)