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Control Systems Technician

Requisition ID: USW001977

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century . Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that's committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

Position Overview - Basic Job Functions & Responsibility Essential function(s) includes, but is not limited to:

Under the supervision of a salaried Advisor, is responsible for the satisfactory operation of all instruments and equipment on which he/she performs any type of installation, maintenance and servicing work.

Is also expected to perform secondary tasks in a related craft e.g. electrical, etc.

Primary Activities Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Receives oral and written instructions regarding work schedules and jobs to be performed. Written instructions are in the form of maintenance repair or installation work orders, blueprints, schematic diagrams, and sketches describing the various maintenance and installation job requests. Receives spot supervisory checks once or twice daily, more often as new jobs may require.

  • Carries out the physical operations involved by installing all types of instruments and accessories, including mounting of instruments, installing pipe and tubing, electrical lines and putting into operation. Installation of various control valves, relief valves, regulating valves, etc. in process, steam, water, air and other lines.
  • Analyzes causes of improperly operating instruments or accessories either by visual observation or tests and make the necessary adjustments to correct faults. Makes necessary repairs on all types of instruments including replacement or repair and adjustment to various makes of valves including grinding or machining of poppets, discs, seats and stem, replacing springs, diaphragms or other parts.
  • Performs work in the instrument shop or field as required. Calibrates all types of meters using test meters or any other method necessary to maintain accuracy of meters within established limits. Makes necessary adjustment, replacement of parts or repairs needed for calibration. Makes routine checks on operating instruments for accuracy, necessity for repairs, lubrication, etc. Adjusts settings of all types of controls to maintain controlled mediums within the limits required for each particular application.
  • Handles and uses various metals, including steel, iron, copper, stainless steel, aluminum, etc. Handles all kinds of pipe and tubing, fitting and valves. Handles various electrical wire, switches, relays, etc.
  • Handles numerous liquids, crystal and powder form chemicals used in cleaning and operation of instruments and accessories. Chemicals included hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, potassium, chloride, acetone, carbon tetrachloride, alcohol, methyl ethyl ketone, etc. Handles various kinds of oils, solvents, paints, etc. Uses acetylene, oxygen, compressed air, and other gases as required. Handles all materials, tools and equipment with care to prevent damage and injury to self and his/her fellow workers.
  • Operates power driven equipment such as drill presses, grinders and pipe threading machine. Operates various electrical and mechanical test meters, including voltmeters, ohmmeters, ammeters, potentiometers, electronic tube testers, draft gauges, pressure and temperature recorders, manometers, psychrometers, etc.
  • Uses numerous hand tools, all types of wrenches, including ignition, pipe, auto, open end, box, socket, strap, etc,. hand vises, chisels, screw drivers, pliers, saws, glass cutters, squares, rules, micrometers, taps, dies, soldering irons, and other similar tools.
  • Prepares a list of material for each job and requisitions the required material from Mechanical Stores.
  • Disposes of all scrap material and discarded parts by separating and depositing in appropriate collection areas.
  • Performs all secondary craft duties as spelled out in departmental Skills Progression for that particular craft.
  • Maintains a good state of housekeeping and repair in the general shop work area.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.
  • Learns and routinely performs business duties as per the department's self-managed team empowerment model and associated Skills Progressions



Completion of a nationally recognized instrumentation apprenticeship program resulting in a journeyman card, or college/technical school degree in process instrumentation or electronics is strongly preferred.

Required Experience and Skills:

Three years field experience as part of qualified apprenticeship program or minimum of three years hands-on experience working in the field of process instrumentation or electronics maintenance is required

Normal working hours = M-F day shift; overtime, weekend and shift work on an as needed basis.
Must complete technical and social/business skills progressions within the timelines specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

To meet minimum qualifications, incumbents must have a High School Diploma or equivalent. Post-secondary education (from a technical-institution or college) in a science or business discipline is preferred. Incumbents should have solid work experience with an emphasis on processing/industrial operations, the ability to multi-task, basic computer skills and excellent communication, leadership, math, and problem solving skills. In addition, demonstrated flexibility within a team environment with a focus on continuous improvement is also required in this position.

This position requires the following working conditions/physical requirements:

  • Be able to work a variety of schedules, including 12 shift rotations, weekends, overtime and holidays.
  • The majority of each workday will be spent working in a chemical manufacturing environment or maintenance where physical requirements will include walking and standing for long periods of time, sitting, and carrying objects to perform required testing in a safe manner. Bending, squatting, kneeling, and climbing of ladders, stairs and around machinery/pipes is also required.
  • Incumbents must have the ability to reach, lift, carry, push, pull, and/or maneuver objects weighing up to 100 pounds and the ability to manipulate and operate sensitive tools, instruments, and samples in a safe manner.
  • As a mechanic, you will be required to work near hazardous chemicals while wearing personal protective equipment. You will need to be able to use hands to operate machine controls.
  • Will need to work in varying indoor and outdoor weather conditions.

Cherokee Pharmaceuticals is a manufacturer of beta lactam antibiotics and, as a result, candidates must be able to work in and around the manufacturing and laboratory areas associated with such chemicals.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.

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Job: USW, LOCAL 10-580
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Employee Status: Regular
Number of Openings: 2
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Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Bloomsburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Allentown

Control Systems Technician

Danville, CA
Full Time

Published on 03/30/2019