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Senior Technician, Maintenance - 2nd 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.

The Sr. Technician, Maintenance position is available at our Animal Health facility in De Soto, Kansas, located near Kansas City metropolitan area.  The DeSoto facility is expanding operations to manufacturing vaccines and biologics for large and companion animals.  Leveraging an experienced and innovative team environment, the key technologies at the site are biologics production using fermentation and cell culture platforms, filling and packaging.

The incumbent will be required to perform work in one or more special craft areas, and the work detail is to install, maintain, repair, and perform preventive maintenance on new and existing facilities equipment, electrical, mechanical, HVAC/R and computerized building management systems.  To repair equipment and recalibrate as needed.  To perform general building maintenance, mechanical and electrical troubleshooting and repair as needed.  To perform 24 hour emergency repair on a rotational basis.  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 equipment. Primary focus will involve maintaining process 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.

Following an initial training period on first shift, the hours for this position will be Monday - Friday 1pm - 9:30pm. This position also requires a rotating night/weekend on-call emergency coverage rotation required 1 week approximately every 2 months where technician is responsible to respond to equipment operation alarms during unmanned hours.


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

Education Minimum Requirement:   

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. with trade school, certifications, or college level courses related to construction/maintenance trades.

Required Experience and Skills:  

  • Five (5) years of industrial maintenance experience or two (2) year technical degree with three (3) years of maintenance experience or equivalent.

  • A primary knowledge in the industrial maintenance environment is required.

  • Mechanical and electrical trouble shooting 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 ability to maintain a strong safety culture with in daily activities.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Ability to use HMI (Human Machine Interface) & SCADA system for trouble shooting and repair preferred.
  • Experience in FDA or USDA regulated environment preferred.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals 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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Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


2nd - Evening

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Requisition ID:R34684

Senior Technician, Maintenance - 2nd shift

De Soto, KS
Full Time

Published on 04/17/2020