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Medical Design Engineer

Location: Cortland, New York, United States

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Cortland is a part of Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU), a diversified industrial company with operations in more than 30 countries worldwide. Click here to apply for this job at

Tired of your work and ideas not being recognized? Come work with us – we will empower you to make decisions, ask you to focus on continuous improvement and implement your innovative ideas.

Come work where you are not just a number!

At Actuant your contributions are visible and opportunities for expanding your knowledge are unlimited.

Grow, Improve and Engage

Actuant’s guiding values and vision can only be achieved by hiring top talent. Come join a global company that has a motivated, customer-orientated, and continuous improvement focused workforce.

What makes this role exciting?

Cortland Company, part of the Actuant Corporation, is a global designer and manufacturer of engineered synthetic ropes, heavy lift slings, electro-optical-mechanical cables, and umbilicals. We have, throughout all of our facilities, the broadest collection of rope and cable processing capabilities available anywhere. With a history of entrepreneurialism and a broad experience in custom-built applications, we deliver world-class solutions that maximize performance, safety, and efficiency for our clients in the oil and gas, heavy marine, subsea, ROV, seismic, defense and aerospace markets. From our strategically placed sales, engineering, and service centers, we support global customers at a local level. We are proud of our commitment to drive performance and provide continuous improvements for our clients.

Actuant Corporation is a $1.2B diversified industrial company serving customers from operations in more than 30 countries. The Actuant businesses are leaders in a broad array of niche markets including branded hydraulic tools and solutions; specialized products and services for energy markets and highly engineered position and motion control systems. The Company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Actuant business operations are divided into three segments focused on the markets we serve. For more information visit

Day in the Life

  • Design and develop products to meet customer and market needs.
  • Leverage textile fabrication techniques including braiding, weaving, knitting and non-woven formation to create new and novel structures.
  • Design and implement novel post-processing techniques for the scouring, finishing, or final assembly of biomedical textile components.
  • Develop and document manufacturing processes to support the company’s internal product development process and comply with Quality Management standards.
  • Expand Cortland’s expertise in state-of-the-art engineering, manufacturing methods and materials utilization through technical journals, seminars, advance degree programs, etc.
  • Successfully interact globally with medical customers and industry groups to identify market opportunities.
  • Stay current in the status of competitive products and intellectual property (IP) that may affect the company’s competitive position, evaluate these products, provide analysis, and suggest countermeasures as necessary.
  • Collaborate with Quality to ensure that all applicable quality procedures and regulations are followed throughout the development, manufacturing, and launch phases.
  • Support business development efforts by providing technical assistance, field support, conducting presentations, and/or other related activities as needed.
  • Prepare drawings and supervise manufacturing staff in the production of prototypes in accordance with sound engineering principles and project goals.
  • Responsible for maintaining engineering documentation of medical products in accordance to applicable quality standards.
  • Write and execute engineering and scientific protocols to support the creation of statistically based product specifications.
  • Create, audit, and review test standards and specifications for the analysis of design concepts and component assemblies.
  • Integrate new products from engineering to production and provide continued support to ensure product meets all design criteria.
  • 25-50% domestic and international travel in support of customers, engineering projects, joint industry programs and trade conferences.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Education, Skills & Experience 

  • BS Degree in Mechanical, Materials or Textile Engineering or Technology from an accredited university
  • 0-3 years engineering experience.
  • Must have demonstrated creative problem solving and effective engineering decision making skills.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and comfortable interacting with team members and customers at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as a team member.
  • Self-starter able to work under minimal supervision
  • Capable of generating and delivering presentations to management, peers and medical device customers.
  • Familiar with the physical and mechanical characteristics of polymers, fibers and fabrics a preferred.
  • Familiar with the use of synthetic polymers, bioresorbable polymers and/or metallic wires in medical device products preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency of design software such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks a plus.
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