Job Description

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in customer facing commercial or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

We are hiring for a new manufacturing facility that is currently under construction. The successful candidate will initially be supporting the installation, start-up, and commissioning of this facility before transitioning to their eventual role as part of the maintenance team.

Position Description:
The Senior Instrumentation Technician is responsible for providing equipment troubleshooting and maintenance support for a new product facility/manufacturing operation. Develops standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and preventative maintenance (PM’s) plans, as requested. Responsible for written documentation of activities. Responsible for SAP transactions and change control activities including spare part lists and Preventative Maintenance (PMs) plans. Actively supports, participates and embraces an inclusive team culture including significant interaction with Operations, Quality, Automation, Technology, and other groups as required.

Primary Responsibilities

Process Equipment (e.g. tanks/bioreactors, filtration skids, chromatography columns)

Support Equipment (e.g. washers, autoclaves, tube welders/sealers)

Utility Equipment (e.g. Clean steam generators, Water-For-Injection generation/distribution, reverse osmosis skids, vapor compression stills, compressed gas systems)

Automated Systems (e.g. Distributed Control System (DCS), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), robotics)

Clean-In-Place (CIP) Systems

Maintenance Equipment (e.g. tools and calibration equipment)

Flexible to Perform the Following Functions and Other Tasks

Ability to work with and troubleshoot complex process systems, including but not limited to: bioreactors, filtration skids, chromatography columns, washers, autoclaves and CIP skids

Routine calibrations including but not limited to Flow, Level, Temperature, Pressure, Humidity, Speed, and Process Analytical Instruments

Installation, testing, adjustment, maintenance, repair, calibration and troubleshooting of complex automated process equipment

Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs), engineering change request (ECRs), preventative maintenance (PM) plans/calibration procedures, task lists, etc., as required

Order and maintain spare parts for assigned process equipment

Interface with other departments, contractors and disciplines on scheduling calibration and maintenance of equipment/utility systems

Assist with execution of maintenance, automation, validation and additional testing, as required

Responsible for written documentation of activities

Work within a team to perform maintenance and troubleshooting activities. Completes preventative maintenance and calibration work orders, resolves deviations and evaluates equipment performance for efficient operation

Efficient and safe maintenance and repair of equipment using Hazardous Energy Control Procedures

Compliance with current good manufacturing procedures(cGMP), safety and environmental requirements/regulations/guidelines

Effective communication both written and verbal

Physical requirements – Must be able to lift 50 lbs, climb ladders and stairs, work on platforms and equipment above floor level

Walking, bending, crawling, and stooping is required

Required to wear personal protective equipment including safety glasses, earplugs, gloves, hard hats, safety harnesses, etc.

Position requires clean room gowning during performance of job duties

Effective maintenance, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills required

Ability to manage multiple priorities and advance several tasks in parallel

Demonstrated mechanical aptitude

Proficient in the use of general hand and power tools, instruments and testing apparatus commonly used in maintenance and instrumentation

Ability to read P&ID’s, electrical drawings, blueprints, etc.

Routine shift will be 2-2-3, 12-hour night shift schedule, including holidays and alternating weekends | Required to support an on-call schedule for off-nights and weekends | Successful candidate will be required to work an 8-hour weekday schedule until night shift is required (estimated Jan 2022)

Position Qualifications:
Education Minimum Requirement

High School Diploma/GED or higher

Required Experience and Skills

Minimum five years’ of plant maintenance experience with knowledge of technical craft skills (instrumentation, electrical, plumbing, advanced mechanical, HVAC, and/or multi-stage refrigeration systems)

Willing and able to lift 50 pounds, climb ladders and stairs, work on platforms and equipment above floor level. Walking, bending, crawling and stooping

Proficiency in computer systems and applications including but not limited to: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), CMMS Calibration/Maintenance Database Systems

Strategic leadership skills, and good verbal and written communication skills

Strategic and effective planning, scheduling, and time management skills

Available for on-call work rotation (during off-hours) and weekend overtime, as needed

Preferred Experience and Skills

Associate Degree in Industrial Systems, Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical or Instrumentation

Working knowledge of regulatory requirements in accordance with GMP manufacturing operations

Working in a clean room or GMP/regulated manufacturing environment

Installation, operation, maintenance and/or troubleshooting experience with automated process equipment in the biopharmaceutical field

GMP compliant calibration and/or maintenance database systems

Knowledge of SAP and DeltaV



Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


In accordance with Managers’ Policy – Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Employee Status:

No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:

Travel Requirements:

Flexible Work Arrangements:
Not Specified

3rd – Night

Valid Driving License:

Hazardous Material(s):

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Requisition ID:R135287