Calibration Engineer - MFG

Illumina Inc   San Diego, CA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on December 19, 2020


The Calibration Engineer is part of the equipment engineer 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 Calibration Engineer will support the day to day manufacturing equipment maintenance operations by owning high complexity maintenance task and challenges, with minimal supervision. 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 select appropriate components and vendors in area of responsibility.
  • Able to track components COGS and associated project expenses.
  • Contributes ideas for functional development, and supports efforts driven by others.
  • Contributes to investigation and resolution of technical problems.
  • Develops solutions within established design architecture.
  • Generate standard operating procedures/work instructions, troubleshooting guides and checklists.
  • Influences decisions in own area of responsibility.
  • Owns a small subsystem or multiple components of a large system with oversight.
  • Plan, prioritize, coordinate, and execute multiple parallel activities like calibrations, preventive maintenance, supplier support, spare parts, and project activities with minimal guidance from manager or lead.
  • Provides supporting data on risk and recommendations in area of responsibility and at critical interfaces to other cross functional teams.
  • Use optical, mechanical, electrical, and or fluidics tools and knowledge to perform equipment troubleshooting
  • Work 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 small instruments
  • Ability to operate in a fast pace environment and adapt to changes in priority.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Windows
  • Excellent math and analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written documentation skills in English
  • Experience with electrical and mechanical schematics
  • Experience working in a clinically regulated environment is highly desirable
  • Experience working on laboratory equipment preferred
  • Fundamental knowledge of optical/mechanical/electrical and or fluidic systems
  • Good data collection, hands-on skills, and able to summarize results
  • Good technical troubleshooting skills and mechanical aptitude
  • 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.


  • 2+ years of related experience with a bachelor’s degree is preferred

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