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Lead Technician, Maintenance - 1st shift

Job Description

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates, and finished products.


Our company 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 Our company has codified its legacy for over a century. Our companies success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Our company 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.

*Current opening is for 1st shift (07:00 – 15:30)

Under the direction of Maintenance Manager, the Maintenance Technician sets up, adjusts, repairs, and maintains bio-tech processing and utility support equipment.  Carries out industrial maintenance functions in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices and prepares technical documentation. Participates in the establishment and improvement of new and existing process/utility equipment. The primary focus will involve maintaining process/utility equipment by developing/performing PM's, documenting work using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS - SAP) and other duties as requested by the Maintenance Manager.

The position also requires a rotating night/weekend on-call emergency coverage rotation required 1 week approximately every 2 months where the technician is responsible to respond to equipment operation alarms during unmanned hours.


  • Utility Equipment:  steam boilers, chillers, air handlers, air compressors, DI water, ect.
  • Process Equipment:  fermenters, process tanks, centrifuges, autoclaves, CIP systems, microfluidizers, ect.
  • Packaging Equipment:  injection filler, unscramble, capper, labeler, tray packer, etc.
  • Machine shop equipment: drill press, grinder, gas, and electric welder, power cutting tools, etc.



  • High School diploma or Equivalent with trade school, certifications, or college-level courses related to construction/maintenance trades (preferred).

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Seven (7) years of industrial maintenance experience or two (2) year technical degree with five (5) years of maintenance experience or equivalent.
  • A primary knowledge in the industrial maintenance environment is required.
  • Mechanical and electrical troubleshooting skills are essential and must possess these skills to be effective in this area without further skills training.
  • Must be able to read electrical prints and P&ID control loops.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to maintain a strong safety culture within daily activities.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Maintenance experience within the Pharmaceutical or Biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with generator maintenance.
  • Experience with boiler operation, maintenance, and chemical level testing.
  • HVAC and refrigerant experience.
  • Welding skills.
  • Experience working with SAP and Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Experience with Building Management Software (preferably Siemens Insight).
  • Ability to use HMI (Human Machine Interface) & SCADA system for troubleshooting and repair.

Your role at our company 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 our company, we’re inventing for life.

Our company is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Job: Production / Maintenance

Job Title:  Maintenance Technician

Primary Location: NA-US-KS-DeSoto

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: No

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Nearest Major Market: Kansas City, MO
Nearest Secondary Market: Lawrence, KS
Job Segment: Maintenance Mechanic, Mechanic, Technician, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Operations, Technology

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

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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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.

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We are an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


1st - Day

Valid Driving License:


Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings:


Requisition ID:R38105

Lead Technician, Maintenance - 1st shift

De Soto, KS
Full Time

Published on 05/20/2020