Waters Corporation

  • Principal Mechanical Engineer

    Req. #
    Company Name
    Waters Division
    Research and Development
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Principal Mechanical Engineer position represents an exciting opportunity within our Chemistry Consumables R&D organization to create next generation, connected, consumable products for chromatography devices.

    This position requires strong experience in product design, DOE & RCA skills, data analysis and project management, leading to the responsibility to share knowledge and mentor junior engineers. As a Principal Mechanical Engineer, you will be a lead contributor to Marketing, Project Management, and Manufacturing groups as novel products progress through our phase gate development process to commercialization.

    This position offers an excellent opportunity to grow both professionally and to work collaboratively with project team members from research groups, manufacturing, materials science and marketing to enhance Waters position in a highly dynamic market.


    • Provide lead expert engineering role in the design of novel fluidic devices such as HPLC, UPLC, UHPLC, SPC, Affinity and SPE devices utilizing CAD/PLM systems
    • Conduct research and development on next generation consumable products, collaborating with R&D groups, Instrument Design, Marketing and Chemistry groups
    • Evaluate new and existing intellectual property to determine unique opportunities for Waters products to fill customer needs
    • Provide sound engineering advice to product development teams throughout the phase gate development process, including the areas of risk analysis, project planning and transfer into manufacturing
    • Provide engineering expertise in design practice, project leadership and mentoring of junior engineers
    • Provide technical representation for Chemistry R&D as an expert across the organization and when interfacing with external partners
    • Coordinate and lead transfer of new products and procedures into manufacturing.



    • Minimum of a BS in Mechanical Engineering with 12-15 years of experience in the design consumable products
    • Experience in the design, development and transfer of new products into a manufacturing environment
    • CAD/PLM system experience, preferably Solidworks or NX and preferably SAP
    • Desire and demonstrated ability to successfully lead complex projects
    • Desire and demonstrated mentoring skills with junior engineers/coop students
    • Familiarity with Systems Engineering, Design Thinking Concepts
    • Proven track record of problem solving and learning agility
    • Excellent documentation and communication skills
    • Ability to plan and organize work load and multiple projects to achieve desired goals
    • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Design of consumable products in the medical, pharmaceutical, laboratory and/or chemical industries.
    • Design of integrated components consisting of mechanical design in combination with any of the following: electronics, software, communication, electrical, RFID, sensors, system recognition capabilities

    Company Description

    Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials and food sciences for 60 years. With approximately 7,000 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 31 countries, including 15 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries.


    Waters Corporation's businesses include Waters, TA Instruments, VICAM, ERA, and Nonlinear Dynamics.


    Waters creates business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), chromatography columns and chemistry products, mass spectrometry systems, laboratory informatics solutions, and comprehensive service programs to enable significant advancement in healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality.



    Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our core values at Waters Corporation. Celebrating diversity is important to us. We thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, our customers and our community. Waters is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or protected Veteran status. 



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