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Sensata Technologies, Inc. Process Engineer in Carpinteria, California

Sensata Technologies, a global industrial technology company and a leading provider of sensors, recently completed the acquisition of GIGAVAC, LLC, the leader in designing, developing and manufacturing high-performance hermetically sealed electro-mechanical DC Power Switching Technology. Now, Sensata and GIGAVAC are working Smarter Together to expand electrification-driven content and capabilities across multiple end markets.

Sensata’s products improve safety, efficiency, emissions and comfort for millions of people every day in transportation, appliance, aircraft and industrial applications. We are a rapidly growing company with more than $3.3 billion in annual revenues, operations and business centers in 12 countries and more than 22,000 employees worldwide, including nearly 300 people in our Carpinteria, CA office.

We pride ourselves on being a leading global company with strong, local decision making and innovative complex products that make a real difference. We have a reputation for unwavering integrity and offer global exposure to world-class talent and significant personal growth and development opportunities

Sensata Technologies is looking for a Process Engineer who will develop new or modify existing manufacturing processes to increase product performance, improve manufacturing efficiency and boost profits. This position works closely with Design Engineers, Equipment vendors, Program Managers, Marketing, and Quality Engineers to support the development of new electromechanical products. They are responsible for providing the overall process design and suggesting measures to improve product design for manufacturability. This includes the development of new equipment and process flows as well as developing cost estimates for labor and capital. They will also provide ongoing sustaining support to production lines at our global Make sites as needed.


General Responsibilities

  • Key participant in the development of new production processes and/or adapt existing production processes for assembly, calibration and testing

  • Define specifications for production equipment and interact with mechanization (in house) and/or equipment suppliers to ensure equipment will meet specifications

  • Key participant in global new product development project teams to enable successful launch of new products

  • Collaborate with other departments on process specifications, quality aspects, product specifications and continuity of equipment

  • Influence product designs during new product development phase to ensure economical and defect free manufacture

  • Developing new or improved manufacturing and testing processes that are necessary to achieve the performance and cost requirements of future device applications

  • Organize the arranging of sample lines and process development equipment

  • Key participant in advanced quality planning activities

  • Coordinates all functional requirements, the reviewing of designs and debugging /qualifying new high volume assembly /test equipment or tooling

  • Transferring knowledge to make site personnel

  • Support improvement projects to reduce cycle time, defects and manufacturing costs

  • Work with suppliers and contract manufacturers to ensure processes are capable, have sufficient controls in place, can meet out delivery requirements, and meet our cost targets

  • Evaluate Sensata’s and suppliers technical capabilities including tooling design, build experience, maintenance program, processes and process controls, cell automation- if required, quality control systems, and material knowledge

Experience / Qualifications

  • A college degree and 2-4 years of experience (i.e. Bachelors degree) or a graduate degree and 0-2 years of experience (i.e. Masters degree)

  • Must be a team player able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing tasks and demands

  • Strong communication skills; oral, written and presentation

  • Strong organization, planning and time management skills to achieve results

  • Strong personal and professional ethical values and integrity

  • Holds self-accountable to achieving goals and standards

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

  • Strong interpersonal & collaboration skills to work effectively with all levels of the organization including suppliers and/or external customers


Responsibilities include:

  • Influencing product designs during new product development phase to ensure economical and defect free manufacture.

  • Developing new or improved manufacturing and testing processes that are necessary to achieve the performance and cost requirements of future device applications.

  • Facilitating the successful launch of new products.

  • Setting up sample lines and process development equipment to optimize process and define process boundaries.

  • Participating in advanced quality planning activities.

  • Specifying functional requirements, reviewing designs and debugging/qualifying new high-volume assembly/test equipment or tooling.

  • Transferring knowledge to make site personnel.

  • Support improvement projects to reduce cycle time, defects and manufacturing cost.

  • Work with suppliers and contract manufacturers to ensure processes are capable, have sufficient controls in place, can meet our delivery requirements, and meet our cost targets.

  • Evaluate Sensata’s and supplier’s technical capabilities including, tooling design, mold build experience, mold maintenance program, molding processes and process controls, cell automation, quality control systems, and plastic materials knowledge.

  • Participate in evaluation and selection equipment, including injection molding machines.

  • Establish, document, and communicate robust assembly and manufacturing processes and DOE results.


  • Minimum BS degree in engineering (e.g. Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Materials)

  • 3+ years’ experience in cradle to grave new product development in the industry as a process or design engineer.

  • Developing advanced Mfg. processes like wire bonding, LASER/resistance welding, plastic injection molding, dispensing, thick film printing, SMT etc. is desirable

  • Work in a Process Engineering role to develop robust sensor assembly processes which incorporate complex over-molding, meet specifications, and are economical to manufacture

  • General knowledge of plastic manufacturing processes, including: injection molding, basic mold design, and molded part quality inspection.

  • Knowledge of backend electrical function testing and electromechanical device calibration is desired but not mandatory

  • Leadership skills and ability to work with little direction

  • Excellent communication skills written and verbal (English Advanced Required)

  • Strong planning and organization skills

  • Ability to positively influence and build relationships with global team members

  • Engineering aptitude to participate in design reviews and assist during debug & qualification

  • Ability to identify & correct problems by utilization of root cause problem solving skills and experimental methods such as DOE

  • Experience with Agile, Oracle, Minitab, SolidWorks and background in FEA software a plus.

  • Advanced Skills in Microsoft Excel, Project, PowerPoint and Word.

  • Functional understanding of advanced quality planning tools including FMEA, Control plans, to meet TS16949 requirements.

  • Experience with automotive OEM’s and/or Tier 1 suppliers.

  • Willingness to travel internationally (10%) to assist the global team and work with our suppliers as needed is a must.


Smarter Together

  • Collaborating at Sensata means working with some of the world’s most talented people in an enriching environment that is constantly pushing towards the next best thing.

  • Employees work across functions, countries and cultures gaining new perspectives through mutual respect and open communication.

  • As OneSensata, we are working together to make things work together

NOTE: If you are a current Sensata employee (or one of our Affiliates), please back out of this application and log into Workday via the Company Intranet to apply directly. Type "FIND JOBS" in the Workday search bar.

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