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Cryogenics Design Engineer

  • GE Healthcare
  • Experienced
  • Posted 1/22/2017 9:14:03 AM
  • 2724890
  • Job Function: Engineering/Technology
  • Business Segment: Healthcare Imaging
Location(s): United States ; South Carolina; Florence


About Us:
GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.
GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Role Summary:
Works with with cross-functional teams to design, develop, manufacture and service complex state-of-the-art healthcare systems. Activities include detailed mechanical, structural, thermodynamic design of sub-systems and components. Specific tasks include circuit analysis/simulation, documentation, breadboard prototyping, design verification/ testing, and integration of hardware/software at all levels from components to circuits boards, sub-systems.

Essential Responsibilities:
• Perform mechanical design and analysis of superconducting magnets and components used in MRI systems
• Maintain competitive advantage by staying current in state of the art in cryogenic technology and recommend/implement innovative changes to product design while justifying cost with well developed business cases
• Prepare/present design analysis reports and part/assembly drawing reviews
• Develop product, component test and purchase specifications
• Design leadership of productivity projects (both product cost and life cycle cost reduction)
• Coordinate cross-functional design, analysis and testing
• Support manufacturing lean initiatives
• Provide creative solutions to unstructured product and system design issues from both factory and field

The successful candidate will:
• Join the magnet/gradient engineering team, centered in Florence, SC, USA (the world’s largest plant for superconducting magnet production), part of GE Healthcare Global MR Science & Technology
• Participate in all phases of the product development life cycle, from concept and product specification generation, to manufacturing ramp up, optimization of functionality, manufacturability, reliability, serviceability and cost
• Be involved in both new product design and support of existing products with manufacturing, sourcing and service
• Participate in product safety, cost out, cycle time reduction and quality enhancement projects
• Support and comply with the quality and safety goals of GE Healthcare (GEHC)
• Define superconducting magnet concepts, functional requirements and program goals.
• Provide support and direction in the design and analysis of advanced products
• Support the manufacturing plant and the Installed Base

Qualifications/Requirements:
Qualifications/Requirements

• MS Mechanical or related Engineering with emphasis in Cryogenics
• Industrial experience: 5 years minimum (experience with MRI Magnets preferred)
• Thermodynamics and heat transfer analysis, including determination of heat loads, heat budgets and test verification
• Thermal & Structural design of cryogenic components
• Verification and Validation of cryogenic components and instrumentation (e.g. Valves, burst disks, Temperature sensors, cryocoolers, compressors, etc.)
• Reliability analysis of cryogenic components and systems
• Manufacturing support of cryogenic and vacuum systems
• Development of methods to reduce cryogen consumption
• Failure analysis and design correction of cryogenic components (e.g. thermal shields, compressors, plumbing)
• Development of service tools to support cryogen filling, maintenance & safety of magnets
• Installed Base data analysis and reduction. Lead resolution of cryogenic, thermal and vacuum issues relating to Installed Base Systems
• Hands on hardware experience with cryogenic systems and components
• Direct design & analysis experience of cryogenic systems, components & liquid helium systems
• FEA and/or CFD experience with ANSYS
• Expertise with Gifford-McMahon cryogenic refrigeration systems
• Ability to work with cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams


Quality Specific Goals:
1. Aware of and comply with the GEHC Quality Manual, Quality Management System, Quality Management Policy, Quality Goals, and applicable laws and regulations as they apply to this job type/position.

2. Complete all planned Quality & Compliance training within the defined deadlines.

3. Identify and report any quality or compliance concerns and take immediate corrective action as required

Desired Characteristics:
Desired

• PhD in Mechanical Engineering
• 10+ years experience in superconducting magnet and/or gradient coil design or other high tech industry such as aircraft, optics, satellite, with close coupling to a manufacturing team
• Expertise with high vacuum systems, getters, cryopumps and helium leak testing
• Expertise with Liquid Helium and Liquid Nitrogen transfer systems and cryogenic data acquisition systems
• Expertise with material properties and machine design at cryogenic temperatures
• Experience in a cryogenic component or system-manufacturing environment
• Knowledge of the liquid helium industry
• Paper to product experience with ability to read and apply GD&T
• Flexibility in handling challenging, multi-tasking workload
• Experience in numerical analysis tools and optimization methods
• Leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Capability to generate innovative concepts
• Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification

Locations: United States ; South Carolina; Florence

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
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