Johnson & Johnson Careers

Laser Needlemaker

Cornelia, Georgia

Job Description

Requisition ID: 5256180207

Ethicon, Inc., a member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, is currently recruiting for a Laser Needlemaker located in Cornelia, GA.


The Ethicon Surgical Care business offers a broad range of products, platforms and technologies—including sutures, surgical staplers, clip appliers, trocars and synthetic mesh devices—that are used in a wide variety of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Specialties include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity. The Ethicon Surgical Care business combines products and services of two market-leading legacy companies, both with long histories of medical innovation. Ethicon, Inc. based in Somerville, New Jersey, was founded more than 80 years ago as a pioneer in suture development and manufacturing, helping to transform the safety and effectiveness of open surgery. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. was created 20 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, developing innovative devices that have driven the revolutionary shift from open to minimally invasive surgery that continues to lead the industry today. 


As a Laser Needlemaker, you will:

  • Maintain supplies related to operation of laser drilling equipment.
  • Operate lasers to drill surgical needles of various sizes and types to exacting quality standards and close tolerances.
  • Use and maintain measurement and inspection devices including microscopes, optical comparators, dial indicators, scales, plug gauges, and micrometers.
  • Build and maintain custom diameter and depth plug gauges to specifications required.
  • Utilize CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) system for data entry and monitoring of the process.
  • Create work orders using the MRP (JD Edwards) system.
  • Utilize JD Edwards and CIM to maintain accurate inventory usage and identify correct material levels.
  • Laser drill and disposition needles in accordance with published finished needles quality standards.
  • Maintain quality and production standards certification.
  • Complete process run and clean-up.
  • Utilize the document management system (CDR/Adaptiv) to review and interpret technical drawings/specification for needle dimensions.
  • Properly set up a needle count scale, start up and shut down all laser systems, and load/unload needle spools.
  • Perform proper clean up and line clearance for needle codes with and without ink.
  • Remove and replace glass slides, install new film, set up the film guide and set proper speed, and set up section grinder and properly cross-section a needle.
  • Use a microscope, basic hand tools, and work with needle specifications.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in changing tooling, tangent adjustments, annealer operations and Tinius Olsen testing.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of needles manufacturing (needle types, use, quality measures, etc.).
  • Use safety devices and procedures at all times.
  • Maintain satisfactory shift output (RE) and 96% final quality acceptance rate for all lots produced.
  • Demonstrate intermediate understanding of CIM to explain all screens and input all data into system and have a basic understanding of statistical process control.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of all tooling used in the needle making process (names, use and impact tooling has on production process).
  • Make two documented wire size changeovers, two hole size changeovers and two sales type changeovers on two separate occasions within the required time frame (max. one hour).  The needle maker must be able to explain the changeover as it is performed.  The changeover machine must be run by the needle maker for one (1) hour with acceptable quality needles as observed by the facilitator / process owner.
  • Keep company tools and equipment in good working order.
  • Explain all machine related needle defects and what adjustments are made to correct them.
  • Properly align observation optics to the laser beam and the laser beam to the needle.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the oscilloscope and how to set up for time frames and voltages, the pulse modulation unit, time frames, HV settings (T-1, T-3, T-4), ON times, OFF times, and laser system parameters and how to access them.
  • Perform Daily, Weekly, and Monthly PM’s.
  • Demonstrate definite proficiency in all current laser needle making job skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret the LASAG manual to troubleshoot laser related issues, to interpret laser burns to determine beam quality and check optical quality, to use the thermopile to calibrate energy readings, and to troubleshoot and correct major feeder problems.
  • Demonstrate ability and desire to lead and motivate peers to peak performance and to assist fellow associates with production related issues.

  • A minimum of a High school diploma or equivalent is required. 
  • Completion of one year vocational, military, or equivalent technical training/experience; including basic electrical/electronics, mechanics, and math such as decimals, percentages, fractions, and tolerances is preferred.
  • A minimum of 4 years of related experience is preferred.
  • Computer and database management skills are required.
  • Statistical and analytical problem solving is required.
  • Basic understanding of statistical process control is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to set-up, operate, and perform maintenance of manufacturing equipment is required.
  • Experience in mechanics and an established mechanical aptitude demonstrating the ability to repair, maintain, and install mechanical equipment to specified tolerances is required.
  • Department safety and GMP procedures is required.
  • Understand basic process principal and theory is preferred.
  • Accurate record keeping is required.
  • Working knowledge of basic hand tools (i.e. screwdrivers, wrenches, snips, cutters) and inspection equipment (i.e. optical comparators, micrometers, microscopes, plug gauges) is required.
  • Working knowledge of shop math such as decimals, fractions, and tolerances is required.
  • Basic understanding of engineering drawings is preferred.
  • CNC (Computer Numerical Control) and/or PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) machining experience is preferred.
  • Laser drilling experience is preferred.
  • Needle manufacturing experience is preferred.
  • Technical electronic experience is preferred.
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the job which include:  Standing, kneeling, sitting, walking, grasping, talking/hearing, pushing, lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs. (lifting from ground to knees, ground to waist, waist to shoulders).
  • Must be able to perform the vision screening requirements of the job which include:  Far point acuity (microscope), near point acuity, depth perception and color perception.
  • Must be willing and able to work 12-hour rotational night shift, and overtime as needed.

Primary Location
United States-Georgia-Cornelia
Ethicon Inc. (6045)
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