Principal Molding Engineer
Lake Forest, IL 
Posted 8 days ago
Job Description

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries

About Abbott Diagnostics

Diagnostic testing is a compass, providing information that helps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of health conditions.

Abbott's life-changing tests and diagnostic tools give you accurate, timely information to better manage your health. We're empowering smarter medical and economic decision making to help transform the way people manage their health at all stages of life. Every day, more than 10 million tests are run on Abbott's diagnostics instruments, providing lab results for millions of people.

Our location in Lake Forest, IL, currently has an opportunity for a Principal Molding Engineer. This team member will be responsible for the molding activities to attain strategic engineering objectives for the Abbott Diagnostics Division along with ensuring compliance with safety regulations, policies and procedures. The Principal Molding Engineer is responsible for the design, development, implementation and ongoing support of molded plastic parts and will serve as a subject matter expert in the field of mold design and process within the regional engineering team. This engineer will work regularly with operations, supply chain, quality and various suppliers and perform capacity analysis for molds, injection molding machines and makes recommendations for future investment. We are looking for someone to manage measurement system analysis, design control and execution of equipment selection, process development, validation, FMEA and Design of Experiments (DOEs).


  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.
  • Lead the mold design, FAT and validation of molding manufacturing cells in accordance with division engineering best practices and procedures
  • Drive Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) for assigned projects
  • Act as the subject matter expert for injection mold design reviews and development of an entire molding manufacturing cell with low and high cavitation molds
  • Specify all molding cell equipment from mold, molding machines, EoAT, machine side automation, etc.
  • Apply Scientific/Decoupled Molding methodologies and design of experiment (DOE) tools and software to maximize process window
  • Full understanding and development of the relationship between molding key process input variables (KPIVs) and key process output variables (KPOVs) for plastic components throughout the value stream
  • Drive Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) at equipment manufacturers per ADD equipment URS and mold build standards
  • Provides technical process support to other engineers within the group and mentor and develop junior associates
  • Read, challenge, develop and maintain a working knowledge of Quality Procedures and Work Instructions
  • Lead new mold testing and sampling, DOEs, material sampling, engineering changes, etc.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering in a technical discipline such as Plastics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, industrial Engineering, etc.
  • Knowledge of mold making and design fundamentals, molding process development, plastic resin behavior and required tooling/equipment.
  • 5+ years technical work experience with 3+ years of plastic injection and/or blow molding design and process support experience
  • Knowledge of plastics processes, resins, tooling required.


  • 8+ years of experience in a molding engineering position preferably in the diagnostics or medical device industry.
  • Knowledge of FDA QSR's and ISO requirements


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully: 

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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