Abbott Principal Engineer, Electrical in Sylmar, California

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Seeking an experienced, highly-motivated, enthusiastic, Principal Electrical Engineer / Technical Leader with extensive experience in Analog and Mixed Signal Design to join the Electrical Engineering Department within the Cardiac Arrhythmia and Heart Failure Division of Abbott. This role will emphasize the design and new technology and product development, simulation and modeling, directing characterization and testing efforts, hands on troubleshooting and analysis as well as mentorship and technical leadership of implantable medical devices. As a Principal Engineer, this individual will lead and drive programs as a subject matter expert, mentor and provide guidance to junior level staff, be able to present and review information with colleagues and upper management and coordinate with other functional teams throughout the program.


Required to expand the technical leadership and knowledge base of the electrical engineering team.

Job Description

  • Design and development hardware with an emphasis on Analog and Mixed Signal Systems to be used in new product and technology development of implantable medical devices. This includes directing testing and characterization efforts, simulation and modeling, data mining and analysis, deep-level troubleshooting and analysis and following Design Controls for Quality System Regulations.

  • Initiates the planning, organization, performing, coordinating and/or directing of engineering work, and may conduct technical performance assessments and evaluations.

  • High level circuit simulation using PSpice and other tools such as Mentorgraphics HyperLynx.

  • Designing a variety of engineering test tools, mock-up circuits, sockets and fixtures required throughout the development purposes.

  • Working with a PCB Design Engineer to layout designs, understand design constraints, and ensuring part placement.

  • Remaining abreast of technical advancements and component technology shifts for developing the next generation implantable medical devices.

  • Authoring of design verification plans, documents and reviews reports.

  • Ability to present data and analysis through formal presentations and reviews to peers and upper management.

  • Ability to completely utilize engineering equipment in the lab such as oscilloscopes, function generators, logic and network analyzers, SMUs, etc…

  • Provides guidance and mentorship to other engineers, junior level engineers, technicians and co-ops.

  • Design and documents custom tools and simulations to support document control and tool release.

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Provides engineering support to other functions and organization such as Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

Additional Job Description

Working Conditions:

Works primarily in a standard office environment with air conditioning, good lighting with a low to moderate noise level. May also visit research labs, testing labs, production and other areas as well as vendor facilities as necessary.

Physical Demands:

Activities require a significant amount of sitting in front of a computer monitor, some standing and walking. Significant use of hands and arms, plus finger dexterity to reach, point, write, type, operate a computer and other office equipment. Performs tasks that regularly require good correctable vision and hand/eye coordination. Activities also require significant use of voice and hearing for discussions with other employees.


  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering or related engineering field with eight years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree with ten years’ experience in industry.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop new design features as part of existing systems.

  • Documented record of delivering tool engineering information which adds value to management’s decision-making process.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and comply with applicable FDA regulations and Company operating procedures, processes, policies and tasks.

  • Advanced personal computer skills, including spreadsheet, word processing, database management, and specialized applications.

  • Advanced credential or professional certification in a relevant discipline/concentration desired.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email