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Sr. Technical Specialist


Cortland, NY
ID: 5651

Cortland is a global designer, manufacturer, and supplier of technologically advanced ropes, slings, and strength members. Collaborating with customers, our team uses its experience in high performance materials and market knowledge to transform ideas into proven products. For more than 35 years, our custom-built solutions have been developed for work in the toughest environments and to overcome some of the world’s greatest challenges. They consistently enable our customers to meet the demands of the aerospace, defense, medical, research, subsea, marine, and energy industries.

Cortland is wholly owned by Enerpac Tool Group. Enerpac Tool Group is a premier industrial tools and services company serving a broad and diverse set of customers in more than 25 countries. The Company’s businesses are global leaders in high pressure hydraulic tools, controlled force products and solutions for precise positioning of heavy loads that help customers safely and reliably tackle some of the most challenging jobs around the world. The Company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Enerpac Tool Group trades on the NYSE under the symbol “EPAC”.

For further information on Enerpac Tool Group and its businesses, visit the Company's website at

Job Title:

Senior Technical Specialist

Job Location:

Cortland, NY

Business Contribution:

Leads, and supports technical development of, biomedical textile structures from a variety of raw materials using state of the art braiding, weaving, and knitting equipment and technology. Supports efficient utilization of manufacturing equipment through implementation of preventative maintenance and continuous improvement programs. In addition, supports engineering in process development and creation of manufacturing methods, techniques, practices, and procedures in support of ISO13485:2016 International Standard for Medical Devices and Good Manufacturing Practices. Lead and participate in continuous improvement activity for Safety, Quality, Delivery and Costs to ensure Cortland Biomedical meets/exceed customer expectations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Complete new and existing equipment safety reviews and support equipment safety improvements
  • Lead the technical development of braided, woven or knit biomedical structures including, but not limited to, double cloth tubular, bifurcating, Leno, and tapered fabrics and tapes.
  • Partner with engineering team to review weaving patterns, knitting patterns, and warping plans.
  • Set up various braiding, warping, weaving, and knitting machines.
  • Maintain equipment by creating and performing preventative maintenance tasks, troubleshooting technical/mechanical issues, and performing routine cleaning, performance, and safety checks.
  • Execute equipment installation and operational qualifications, process characterizations, performance qualifications and other scientific protocols to support the creation of statistically based product specifications.
  • Support engineering change activities for the site.
  • Support establishment, implementation and maintenance of Continuous Improvement methodologies including, but not limited to, 5S, Standardized Work, TPM, etc.
  • Support the development and documentation (Procedures, Work Instructions, Forms) of detailed manufacturing processes for the company’s internal product development process in compliance with QMS standards.
  • Own Corrective Action and Preventative Action (CAPA) assignments and utilize effective problem-solving techniques and tools in closure.
  • Lead, document, and track status of key operational cost reduction initiatives for the site
  • Support the identification and installation of capital investments including potential travel for site acceptance testing.
  • <10% domestic and international travel in support of factory acceptance tests, site acceptance tests, and training.

Direct Reports :



Required Capabilities:

  • High school diploma (or GED) plus 10-15 years’ experience warping, weaving and/or knitting.
  • Experience working in other textile-forming and/or medical operations such as warp knitting, weft knitting, braiding, scouring, heat setting, mechanical testing, or QA inspection preferred.
  • Familiar with the physical and mechanical characteristics of polymers, fibers, yarns and fabrics
  • Ability to read and interpret weaving and knitting patterns.
  • Ability to create weaving and knitting patterns and program them into an electronic machine preferred.    
  • Experience within a ISO13485 manufacturing environment (or similarly regulated) preferred.
  • Detail oriented, innovative, and self-motivated.
  • Capable of generating and delivering training to engineering, peers and direct labor force.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as a team member.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and comfortable interacting with team members and customers at all levels.
  • Self-starter able to work under minimal supervision.

HSQE Behaviors:

  • To be a leader of safety and quality best practices including implementation of new processes and procedures to support
  • To always ensure that their acts or omissions do not present a danger to themselves, anyone else, the environment or the safe operation of any plant or equipment
  • To intervene and report any defect in equipment or practice or any dangerous circumstance or event which could affect HSQE performance
  • To comply with all HSQE customer and company requirements
  • Be able to lift documents/work materials up to 50 lbs in weight

Leadership Expectations/Behaviors:

  • Customer Focus
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Adaptability
  • Engage and Inspire
  • Effective Communication
  • Build Relationships
  • Decision Making
  • Business Acumen
  • Innovation