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Principal Technician

Req ID:  4381



Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. 
Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Job Description

The Principal Technician is responsible for supporting engineering projects and lab operations for both the New Product Development and Sustaining Engineering teams. Specifically, the Principal Technician will be a collaborative partner with the engineering team and lead testing strategy development, provide testing support, accurately report test data and observations, ensure traceability of test samples, and assist in the development of test methods as needed. To support lab operations, The Principal Technician will ensure equipment is well maintained (e.g., calibration, scheduling maintenance, etc.), the lab (and lab practices) are safe, provide guidance and assistance to other technicians as needed, ensures the lab is compliant with applicable SOP’s and Policy’s and is clean/organized. As the Principal Technician will be integral to the testing efforts required to establish device quality and performance, it is critically important that the Principal Technician maintains an accurate Laboratory Notebook, is attentive to detail, complies with test methods and Standard Operating Procedures, and accurately records data & observations.

Job Duties

* Responsible for planning and executing all testing efforts on programs assigned. Maintains attentiveness for testing abnormalities, trends, and external influences.


* Partners with engineering staff on project needs (e.g., supports test method development, acquisition of test samples/testing equipment & supplies, maintains sample traceability, etc.).


* Records and communicates all test data and testing observations with a high accuracy to program technical leads and management as required. Maintains a well-organized / accurate Laboratory Notebook in accordance with applicable SOP’s, and ensures compliance with testing protocols, test methods, and/or standards.


* Diligently advances their testing efforts / responsibilities while consistently seeking improvements to efficiency and quality.


* Leads lab operations, such as; maintenance of equipment, coordinating & scheduling calibration services, ordering supplies, quoting of test apparatus, as well as ensuring lab is a safe environment, kept clean / orderly, etc..


* Capable of leading collaboration between laboratory resources to ensure efficient use of testing equipment and alignment with project priorities.


* Capable of efficiently planning their own time, and that of other technicians, to ensure all efforts are advancing on schedule.


* Consistently seeks improvements to test methods and practices; capable of implementing improvements.


* Able to read and interpret industry test standards with high attention to detail, and critique nuances which will impact test results or may differ from current practice.


* Capable of working on a team with a willingness to help or support other efforts.


* All additional duties as directed

Job Requirements



* High school degree required, college level studies highly preferred.


* Minimum of 9 years experience with HS Degree/GED. Minimum of 5 years experience with Associate’s Degree.


* Ideal candidates will also comprise the desire to continuously improve their capabilities and their understanding / knowledge of our products and applicable test methodologies (e.g., International Standards, FDA testing guidance, etc.).


* Capable of operating testing equipment with strict adhesion to test methods required.


* Expert in accurately logging testing observations in laboratory notebook and describe abnormalities to engineers and supervisor.




* Medical Device development experience highly preferred.


* Evidence of technical skills will be considered a plus.


* Knowledge of common manufacturing methodologies, technologies, and materials, is preferred.


* Experience in ideating / envisioning test methods and test systems which could be employed to gather desired test data. Capable of working with and/or overseeing internal/external resources commissioned.


* Experience in collaborating with engineering team to ensure a thorough understanding of the testing objectives and collaborating on the testing plan to support these objectives.


* Experience in approaching challenging and/or ambiguous technical problems with logic and devise approaches to lead towards understanding or solutions.

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.


Olympus requires all new hires to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on or before their first day of work. Individuals who have been offered employment who have a disability, medical condition, or sincerely-held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to request and be granted a reasonable accommodation prior to their first day of work.


Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.


Olympus’ Medical business uses innovative capabilities in medical technology, therapeutic intervention, and precision manufacturing to help healthcare professionals deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive procedures to improve clinical outcomes, reduce overall costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients. Olympus’ Medical portfolio includes endoscopes, laparoscopes, and video imaging systems, as well as surgical energy devices, system integration solutions, medical services, and a wide range of endotherapy instruments for endoscopic and therapeutic applications. For more information, visit


Olympus…True To You. True To Society. True To LIFE.


It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Minnesota (US-MN) || Brooklyn Park || 

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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