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Specialist, Engineering-Technical Operations (Facilities)

Requisition ID: ENG004538

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.

At Merck's campus in Elkton, Virginia, we are seeking candidates for a Specialist, Engineering position in our Technical Operations Team to support wastewater and solvent recovery operations. The manufacturing facility is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains a short distance from the University of Virginia and James Madison University.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, vaccine product manufacturing facilities.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Technical support for operation of the industrial wastewater treatment plant and solvent recovery operations
  • Process control data collection and analysis, trouble shooting, and problem solving
  • Leading and conducting technical investigations, identifying root cause, conducting investigational test protocols, implementing corrective actions, and developing investigation report
  • Identifying and implementing process control improvements
  • Performing waste characterization and identifying waste stream management options
  • Researching, identifying, and implementing new process control technologies and instrumentation
  • Supporting plant upgrade projects from basis of design development to project implementation and equipment installation and qualification
  • Developing and revising batch sheets and standard operating procedures for equipment and processes
  • Owning/implementing non-GMP change controls
  • Training operations personnel
  • Reviewing and performing environmental compliance reporting submittals
  • Performing field and laboratory analysis
  • Participation in safety reviews
  • Performing shift work as needed


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in environmental, civil, mechanical, biological, or chemical engineering or related science

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in industrial wastewater treatment and solvent recovery operations.
  • Wastewater treatment and solvent recovery technical experience in industry.
  • Experience with programmable logic controllers and building automation systems
  • Ability to read electrical drawings, P&IDs, and understand control loops
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, team skills, personal character, and ethics
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to problem solving, with a bias towards going to see problems for oneself in the field.
  • Ability to examine an issue from diverse perspectives (safety, compliance, maintenance, automation, equipment, process, and people) in order to best understand and resolve it.
  • Enthusiasm, confidence, and initiative-taking ability needed for continuous learning and its applications.
  • Strong desire to succeed and to help others to do the same.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical or manufacturing environment

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: Engineering Generic
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: None
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Harrisonburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

Specialist, Engineering-Technical Operations (Facilities)

Elkton, MD 21921
Full Time

Published on 07/20/2019