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Sr Equipment Engineer at Illumina, Inc. in San Diego, California

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

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The Sr. Equipment Engineer is part of the equipment engineering team who provides expertise, service, and support to San Diego Illumina headquarters by maintaining equipment at world class levels in a fast pace regulated environment and providing high level reliability exceeding Illumina’s dynamic development and manufacturing demands.  The Sr. Equipment Engineer will support the day to day manufacturing equipment maintenance operations by owing a small subsystem or a significant portion of a larger subsystem, with oversight. This individual will work in a dynamic team-oriented environment that supports multiple operations and technologies helping Illumina deliver its highly complex product pipeline in a reliable and sustainable manner. 


  • Able to lead investigation and resolution of technical problems within own discipline, with oversight  

  • Able to manage vendors and engineering contractors on a technical level for component delivery 

  • Able to plan activities of allocated project scope with guidance and prioritization of daily activities/assignments to supporting team members while maintaining project schedule. 

  • Able to represent discipline for a small or leveraged product.  

  • Develop and implement procedures to reduce or eliminate sources of systematic equipment failures  

  • Execute small to medium scale projects including ownership of all deliverables, with guidance. 

  • Generate standard operating procedures/Work instructions 

  • Mentors supporting engineers on technical skills in one's area of expertise 

  • Owns a small subsystem or a significant portion of a larger subsystem, with oversight.  

  • Owns specific activities towards functional development.  

  • Use optical, mechanical, electrical, and or fluidics knowledge to perform equipment troubleshooting. 

  • Role model in a team environment to improve equipment reliability and uptime. 

  • While performing the duties of this job, is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, climb stairs/ladders, kneel, crouch, or wear safety gear. Must regularly lift and / or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 


  • Ability to learn and understand component level failures in large instruments 

  • Ability to operate in a fast pace environment, adapt to changes in priority, and redirect efforts as necessary. 

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Windows 

  • Advanced data collection (R, Python, shell/batch), hands-on skills and able to summarize results 

  • Advanced electronics trouble-shooting including reading of schematics 

  • Computer trouble-shooting and repair (preferred experience with Microsoft Windows) 

  • Excellent math and analytical skills  

  • Excellent verbal and written documentation skills in English 

  • Experience working in a clinically regulated environment is highly desirable 

  • Experience working in a high-volume manufacturing environment maintaining production equipment 

  • Highly knowledgeable of optical/mechanical/electrical and or fluidic systems 

  • Knowledge of machine language (PLC, HMI, I/O) 

  • Knowledge of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) would be a plus 

  • Work experience in Life Sciences / Pharmaceutical / Medical Devices industries would be an advantage  

  • Travel up to 10%


Listed responsibilities are an essential, but not exhaustive list, of the usual duties associated with the position.  Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs. 


  • 5+ years of related experience with a bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD without experience; or equivalent work experience 

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact To learn more, visit: