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You enjoy creating and innovating. You never stop striving for better. You take responsibility and you get results. You love being part of a team. Above all, you want your work to matter: Welcome to our world! At Sonova we create sense by bringing sound to life. Our innovative hearing care solutions help millions of people enjoy life’s unforgettable moments.

We offer exceptional career opportunities through market-leading brands from consumer to medical, products and services that keep pushing hearing care forward, and a culture where you can quickly belong and perform at your best.

If you want the freedom to explore, opportunities to grow, and make positive change on people lives through your work, this is the place for you.

Join Sonova. Create sense.

Valencia (CA), United States

Senior Process Automation Eng

Covid Protocol:

Upholding the company values is extremely important to Sonova, we take the health and safety of our employees, patients, customers and their families very seriously. To that end, we have concluded that the best way to ensure the safety of these individuals is to mandate that all our newly hired employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Therefore, when considering whether to apply for this position, please know that in order to become employed by Sonova (if otherwise eligible), you must provide satisfactory proof, such as a vaccine card or other documentation, that you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. You will not be required to provide this proof unless and until you receive a formal job offer from Sonova. Please also know that Sonova will provide accommodations to qualified individuals who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccination because of a sincerely held religious belief or due to a medical issue or pregnancy.




The Process Automation Engineer oversees the assembly and integration of manufacturing equipment, tooling, jigs, and fixtures for the manufacturing of medical devices (Medical Class III products, active implantable devices). Write programs and characterize processes for applications such as laser welding, resistance welding, adhesive dispensing, liquid injection molding, PLC/HMI, and vision inspection. Develop R &D pilot lines for new products. Ensure design for manufacturability (DFM) through concurrent engineering practices.



What you’ll do:



  • Duties are focused on developing manufacturing equipment and processes in collaboration with R&D and New Product Introduction, including cost estimation/analysis, parts procurement, equipment/tooling assembly, feasibility plan/testing/reports, manufacturing equipment definition/debug/characterization, tooling definition/debug/ characterization, process definition/debug/ characterization, software programming definition/debug/characterization , training, and transfer of equipment into manufacturing.
  • Responsible for programming manufacturing equipment including process control, sequence of operation, operator interface, and alarm handling.
  • Develop new processes and implement production methods, tooling, testing for emerging new products by interfacing with R&D in coordinating the release of new products.
  • Identify automation opportunities, estimate manufacturing cost, determine time standards and make recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines.
  • Develop, characterize and optimize technologies and processes using statistical techniques (SPC), engineering knowledge and experience.
  • Create and maintain production documentation and assembly procedures
  • Identify, organize, plan, track and close out problems related to system hardware, quality, reliability, and cost on new and existing products
  • Conform to FDA QSR by following Advanced Bionics Standard Development Process


Traveling requirement – Approximately 10%


What you bring to the team:



  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and/or Mechanical Engineering



Further Education

  • Master’s Degree desirable




  • 6+ years of engineering experience, with automated equipment and process development

Nice to Have

  • 6+ years of engineering experience, including automated equipment and process development with Class 3 Medical Devices




Personal Competencies

  • Ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment demonstrating teamwork, innovation and excellence
  • Self-motivated, decisive, with the ability to adapt to change and competing demands
  • Flexible to adapt to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities



Social Competencies

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to collaborate in teams and across functions
  • Strong interpersonal skills




Professional Competencies

  • Able to work from CAD drawings, and schematics to create and modify manufacturing equipment and tooling
  • SolidWorks or CREO 3D CAD for creating and modifying drawings
  • AutoCAD for schematic and facilities layout development
  • MiniTab or equivalent for statistical analysis
  • Experience with software in all or some of the following: motion control/robotics, PLC, HMI, vision application, Basic, C/C++

Nice to Have

  • Experience developing manufacturing processes including all or some of the following: motion control, laser welding, liquid injection molding, resistance welding, vision inspection, and general aspects of assembly automation.
  • Machine shop experience




Language(s)/ Level

  • English Proficiency




IT Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, SAP,  Outlook & PLM




Our offer:


  • Exciting and challenging work environment
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Training and development opportunities – we believe every employee deserves a development plan. Come, learn, and grow with us!

Don't meet all the criteria?  If you’re willing to go all in and learn we'd love to hear from you! 

We love to work with great people and strongly believe that a diverse team makes us better.  We guarantee every person equal treatment in regard to employment and opportunity for employment, regardless of race, color, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, mental or physical disability.

We thank all applicants in advance; however only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be kept confidential. Sonova is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the application and/or interview process should notify the Director, Human Resources.



Sonova is an equal opportunity employer

We team up. We grow talent. We collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds to win with the best team in the market place. We guarantee every person equal treatment in regard to employment and opportunity for employment, regardless of a candidate’s ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or marital status, gender, genetic identity, age, disability or any other legally protected status.