Mechanical Engineering Trainee

Location US-MA-Cambridge
Job ID
Experience (Years)
Medical Device

Company Overview

Healthcare Optics Research Laboratory is a division of Canon U.S.A., Inc. The research laboratory is located in Cambridge, MA and will be the home of skilled employees dedicated to developing biomedical optical imaging and medical robotics technologies with the ultimate goal of bringing to market medical devices for a variety of applications. The areas the technology will address include detection of cardiovascular disease, brain-functional imaging, robotics-assisted surgery and miniature endoscopy. Canon U.S.A. is working in conjunction with its parent company, Canon Inc., on this endeavor.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., headquartered in Melville, New York, is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2013 and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014.

Position Overview

Canon Healthcare Optics Research Laboratory is currently seeking a Mechanical Engineering Technician (Co-Op) to assist in mechanical testing of the key components and materials for medical optical imaging systems.


- Perform mechanical testing of prototype catheter components and materials to determine if the required specifications are met by utilizing basic statistical analysis.
- Build prototype catheter designs using various catheter assembly techniques. 
- Perform mechanical testing such as tensile, torque and column buckling on the prototypes.
- Perform root cause analysis and recommend possible design changes based on testing results.
- Coordinate with outside suppliers in the fabrication, assembly and mechanical testing of catheter components.
- Work with a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists to coordinate daily activities and goals.
- Build and improve custom test equipment and fixtures
- Present test results in team meetings using PowerPoint or other presentation software.


- Education: BS or BS expected in mechanical engineering 
- Experience Required: Mechanical design and testing of mechanical components and materials. 
- Knowledge on raw materials, machining processes, and quality control.
- Skills in design, drafting and analysis using Solid Works or similar 3D CAD.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly to others in different functions, at various levels.
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