Lean Process Engineer
Cincinnati, OH  / Mason, OH 
Posted 6 days ago
Job Description
Lean Process Engineer
Cincinnati, OH, USA * Mason, OH, USA Req #2118
Sunday, June 9, 2024

AtriCure, Inc. provides innovative technologies for the treatment of Afib and related conditions. Afib affects more than 33 million people worldwide. Electrophysiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons around the globe use AtriCure technologies for the treatment of Afib and reduction of Afib related complications. AtriCure's Isolator Synergy Ablation System is the first medical device to receive FDA approval for the treatment of persistent Afib. AtriCure's AtriClip Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion System products are the most widely sold LAA management devices worldwide. AtriCure's Hybrid AF Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that provides a lasting solution for long-standing persistent Afib patients. AtriCure's cryoICE cryoSPHERE probe is cleared for temporary ablation of peripheral nerves to block pain, providing pain relief in cardiac and thoracic procedures. For more information, visit AtriCure.com or follow us on Twitter @AtriCure.

We foster a culture of inclusion by embracing diverse experiences and individuals where everyone's authentic self is welcome. We offer supporting programs and resources that provide enriching and equitable opportunities for each person to contribute professionally and personally.


The Lean Process Engineer is responsible for driving a lean, KPI driven and continuous improvement culture across the department. This role will implement lean principles and methodologies to optimize the manufacturing processes.


Team member of projects involving design and manufacturing resources, both internal and external. Specific expectations include:

  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives, including value stream mapping (VSM), 5S and Kaizen events.
  • Analyze production data to identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and opportunities for streamlining
  • Act as a lean champion to train and mentor others on lean concepts and tools as needed.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional engineering team (quality, product development, regulatory) to

address product line issues

  • Responsible for communication of manufacturing and process issues to cross functional engineering team and suppliers, both verbally and in written documentation
  • Review of proposed component tolerances and input to manufacturing capability
  • Has knowledge of tolerance capabilities of machining, molding, casting, stamping, forming, grinding, etc.
  • Understands GD&T and how to properly apply it to yield the desired fits between joining parts
  • Review of proposed device assembly requirements and identification of Design for Assembly opportunities. Understanding of assembly and joining techniques including laser welding, ultrasonic welding, adhesive bonding, over-molding, soldering etc. Understand of error proofing, poke-yoke
  • Working knowledge of Manual and Automated Assembly Systems and Technologies
  • Support the product assembly line technical performance. Support production with troubleshooting assembly line issues, resolution of non-conformances, completion of root cause investigations, and CAPA's


  • Knowledge of general manufacturing technologies (plastic injection molding, stamping, milling, turning, assembly methods, various fastening techniques) including low to medium volume manufacturing processes
  • Familiar with manufacturing efficiency strategies such as Lean, Six Sigma, 5S, Value Stream mapping, using SPC in resolving/improving productivity and efficiencies etc.
  • Work with outside suppliers to define, document, analyze and qualify their manufacturing processes.
  • Identify new vendors, processes, materials, and technologies that can be used to improve product quality and reduce product cost
  • Identify and implement manufacturing and product-related cost reduction opportunities. Understand life cycle costs and cost benefit analysis. Apply continuous improvement methods to enhance yield, consistency, performance, capacity, etc. of equipment and processes
  • Perform process capability assessments and establish methods to control process output.
  • Working understanding of quality statistical models and metrics (confidence/reliability intervals, DOE, regression/trending, SPC, t-Tests, acceptance plans)
  • Able to work in a controlled environment where gowning and strict adherence to clean room procedures are required.


  • Able to define, communicate, and develop fixture concepts using internal and external resources. Able to incorporate the capabilities of typical production association into these concepts.
  • Work with designers and engineers in the design and development of manufacturing-related equipment and fixtures.
  • Define and track project tooling and equipment schedule and cost.
  • Responsible for proper installation of new equipment and setting up proper preventive maintenance and calibration plans.
  • Working knowledge of Manual and Automated Assembly Systems and Technologies, including both mechanical and control systems
  • Experienced with mechanical equipment and gauges such as microscopes, soldering stations, ovens/furnaces, UV curing stations, Instron, calipers and other measurement gauges.


  • Responsible for developing detailed process qualification strategies.
  • Able to define statistical sample sizes as related to variable and attribute data based on established company and industry standards.
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating Process maps and FMEAs.
  • Responsible for writing and executing process qualification protocols and reports.
  • Understanding of Test Method Validation, IQ, OQ, PQ approach as defined by AtriCure Quality System


  • Understand supply chains, lead times, and raw material availability.
  • Able to construct Bills of Material, with proper unit of measure and inventory points.
  • Working knowledge of MRP and other requirement planning systems
  • Able to conduct time studies and analyze cost variances.


  • Responsible for evaluating components for conformance to design intent via inspection and functional evaluation.
  • Responsible for trending scrap and failure rates, analyzing failure modes, and developing plans to address root cause issues.
  • Responsible for supporting ongoing manufacturing on a daily basis to allow them to meet required production goals.
  • Responsible for disposition of non-conforming material


  • Properly document all work in compliance with AtriCure Quality System requirements
  • Responsible for process documentation release using tools such as Visio, Excel, Word, Procal and Master Control documentation release systems.
  • Write detailed, easy to understand process instructions.
  • Write detailed test protocols and reports to document qualification activities.


  • Regular and predictable worksite attendance
  • Ability to work under fast-paced conditions.
  • Ability to make decisions and use good judgment.
  • Ability to prioritize various duties and multitask as required.
  • Ability to successfully work with others.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering (mechanical, industrial, or related field) required or demonstrated equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • 3 + years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated Mechanical and/or Process Engineering ability.
  • Solid understanding of external standards, design controls, quality controls, manufacturing methods
  • Demonstrates the ability to plan and track tasks to align with project plan and team objectives.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent ability to work on and influence cross functional teams.
  • Demonstrated ability with data analysis, problem-solving, and troubleshooting.
  • Capable of prioritizing tasks and provide a timely schedule of completion.
  • Ability to travel 5%


  • Medical device industry experience
  • Lean Six Sigma certification (Green Belt (or) Black Belt)
  • Demonstrated lean manufacturing process implementation experience.
  • Proficiency in lean tools such as 5S, Kanban, VSM etc.
  • Solid understanding of Industry regulations as it pertains to medical devices.


  • Ability to regularly walk, sit, or stand as required.
  • Ability to occasionally bend and push/pull.
  • Ability to regularly lift up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment drug screen and background check.


AtriCure has a variety of benefits available for US based employees and their families. Examples include Medical & Dental beginning day 1 of employment, 401K plus match, 20 days of paid Parental Leave, in addition to maternity leave, for new moms and dads, Volunteer Time off, Pet Insurance, and more. Corporate-based employees also have full access to our on-site fitness center and cafeteria. To see a complete list of our benefits, please visit our careers website: https://www.atricure.com/careers-atricure/benefits. AtriCure participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity of and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here https://www.e-verify.gov/ AtriCure is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and provides Drug Free Workplaces. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, protected veteran status, status as an individual with disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law(s).

Other details
  • Job Family Process Engineering
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Non Manager
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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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