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Instrumentation Technician - All Shifts

Requisition ID: USW002008

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.

Under the supervision of the Maintenance Manager, I/E Electronic & Instrumentation Technician will utilize strong knowledge of precision measurement science (Metrology), mathematics, physics, and electronics to test, calibrate, troubleshoot, maintain and repair instrumentation/controls. All duties must be performed in compliance with established company, department, and safety policies and procedures within GMP-regulated and non-GMP facilities. The incumbent will execute daily work assignments and ensure timely completion of all scheduled and unscheduled events for instrumentation systems controls, and analytical laboratory instruments. The individual in this role will collect, compile, measure, summarize, and record data obtained during scheduled calibration and/or unscheduled work requests. This position will work in conjunction with Facilities, Engineering, Validation, Manufacturing, and Quality Control Laboratory Departments to help the company and all of its personnel to reach their goals in providing a safe, clean, and efficient environment. Electronic and Instrument Technicians are part of the I/E Technician work group and will primarily share work assignments within their job grouping with no inherent of "system imposed" limits. Based on business needs, I/E Technicians will perform maintenance activities including crossing between job groupings where skills are common. Portions of job requires working with voltages up to 600V and under the guidance of NFPA 70E.

Equipment (included but not limited to): Strong knowledge of instrumentation, PLCs and electronic and pneumatic loop control systems within the following disciplines: Analytical, Conductivity, DC and Low Frequency Electromagnetic Flow, Level, Mechanical, Optical, pH, Pressure, Temperature, Time, Speed and Weight.

DUTIES (Including but not limited to):

  • Perform routine calibrations of instrumentation.
  • Perform maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, design, installation, and configuration of equipment, instrumentation and control systems:
  • Identify and correct measurement errors
  • Replace instrumentation and controls as needed
  • Maintain configuration management to ensure compliance of the system
  • Redline drawings, engineering documentation and other technical specifications
  • As necessary provide input and support for the design, installation, and upgrade of the instrumentation and control systems
  • Execute assignments to support Metrology, Facilities, and/or Engineering projects
  • Identify "Out of Tolerance" conditions and perform corrective actions to return the device to within specification. Participate with investigating and documenting the potential impact that the "Out of Tolerance" condition may have had on the instrumentation and process.
  • Develop and/or revise calibration procedures and job plans while looking for ways to improve how calibrations and troubleshooting is performed in an attempt to make those practices more efficient.
  • Provide support and training to peers to improve their abilities and increase their technical knowledge
  • Maintain instruments, standards and tools. Perform equipment inspection prior to and upon return from vendor certification and review associated documentation.

  • Attend and actively participates in initiatives to support the business.
  • Prepares and assists technicians, managers and planner/schedulers in preparing labor/material estimates.
  • Assists supervision with the assigning, scheduling and prioritization of work order requests using maintenance management systems.
  • Makes recommendations and prepares orders for spare parts, additional stock room items, tools, etc.
  • Consults with supervision and other mechanics on problem resolution/troubleshooting. Keeps supervision informed of problem issues.



Education Minimum Requirement:

NECESSARY (Proof of):

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED).
  • Graduate of an Electronics& Instrumentation course (2 years minimum), from a recognized technical institute with subjects covering electronic and instrument control systems, and component maintenance OR Completion of a formal 5-year Instrument Technician apprentice program, including work on electronic and instrument control systems, and component maintenance OR Equivalent military training.


  • Instrumentation Technical Training Certificate (ISA-CCST) or equivalent
  • Trained in Electrical Safety NFPA-70E (144 hours of formal instruction on electrical safety, electrical system, electronics)

Required Experience and Skills**:

  • A minimum of 4 years full time experience (8,000 hours) industrial or military experience as an Instrument Technician with broad spectrum of calibration and process control experience involving but not limited to Conductivity, DC and Low Frequency Electromagnetic, Flow, Level, Mechanical, Optical, pH, Pressure, Temperature, Time, Speed and Weight. Must possess good organizational, communication and time management skills, with a strong attention to detail, be able to follow Standard Operating Procedures, Calibration Procedures, and work instructions.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work both independently and as part of a team with strict adherence to all Environmental, Health, and Safety policies and procedures.
  • Candidates must have good comprehension and work experience using calibration principals
  • Basic computer skills, Microsoft Office.


Working knowledge of hand and power tools, must be able to identify and properly use the correct tools and NIST traceable test equipment for the task assigned including multi-meters, RTDs, temperature baths, dry blocks, pressure indicators, dew point monitors, tachometers, timers, weights, scales and dimension indicators. Working knowledge of pneumatics is also required.

Must have ability to read blueprints, drawings, technical manuals and based on them, performs necessary operations for the installation and/or repair of equipment. Experience with Hazardous Energy Control and line break is desirable.

Some heavy lifting, use of solvents, being around and/or in contact with dirt and dust, heat and cold, loud operating equipment, must wear safety shoes, glasses, fall protection, and other types of PPE required to perform work. May be required to carry a pager and /or a radio, and be subjected to immunizations. May be required to utilize material lifting equipment and man lifts.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • GMP experience working in a Biopharmaceutical Facility or equivalent experience in a regulated industry
  • Experience working within a Computerized Maintenance Management System or a Computerized Calibration Management System.

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 2-86
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 20
Shift (if applicable): N/A
Hazardous Materials: Yes
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

Instrumentation Technician - All Shifts

West Point, NY
Full Time

Published on 06/13/2019