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Specialist, HVAC & Refrigeration Engineering

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation. 

Approximately 614,000 people are diagnosed with certain cancers each year. Our Company manufactures vaccines that are predominantly utilized to eradicate these cancers globally.  In recent years, countries around the world have enacted new or expanded vaccination programs, which has created an unprecedented increase in global demand. The manufacturing facility in Durham will play a critical role in the network of plants that produce life-saving medicines.

The Engineering Specialist will troubleshoot and maintain utility equipment utilized in new drug substance manufacturing operation. Develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and Preventative Maintenance (PM's) plans, as requested. Responsible for written documentation of activities. Responsible for SAP transactions and change control activities including spare part lists and Preventative Maintenance (PMs) plans. Actively supports, participates and embraces an inclusive team culture including significant interaction with Operations, Quality, Automation, Technology, and other groups as required.

Responsible for Supporting:

  • HVAC/Refrigeration Equipment (AHUs, Building Automation System, -70 Freezers and 2-8C Cold rooms)

  • Support Equipment (e.g. compressed gas piping systems, filtration systems, waste equalization/neutralization)

  • Process Utility Equipment (e.g. Clean steam generators, Water-For-Injection generation/distribution, reverse osmosis skids, vapor compression stills)

  • Automated Systems (e.g. Distributed Control System (DCS), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC))

  • Maintenance Equipment (e.g. tools and calibration equipment)

Must be flexible to perform all the following functions and other tasks, as needed:

  • Authors SOPs, PM job plans, and change control requests related to equipment modifications.

  • Manages small projects for equipment/maintenance-related improvements, including obtaining quotes, drawing/specification review/approval, and review of contracts

  • Interact with vendors and support project coordination activities like FAT, SAT, Design Reviews, and Engineering Assessments.

  • Interfaces with vendors as required for equipment testing, parts, and troubleshooting

  • Ensures appropriate spare part inventories are established and maintained

  • Actively supports safety initiatives, including shop floor audits, HAZOp reviews, Lock-out

  • Tag-out (LOTO) and Hazardous Energy Control Procedure (HECP) updates.

  • Performs in-depth troubleshooting and maintenance of equipment in support of the production schedule

  • Provides training to others, as required

  • Completes written documentation of work performed.

  • Executes SAP transactions including spare parts management and PM change control.

  • Monitors calibration, maintenance, and equipment/utilities operations performance by analyzing completed work orders with an emphasis on reducing reactive work and increasing reliability.

  • Collaborates with reliability engineers to conduct periodic RBAM assessments and own area-specific reliability actions

  • Supports equipment and instrumentation related atypical investigations, as required.

  • Ability to lift/move materials/equipment weighing up to 100 pounds

  • Effective communication

  • Responsible for working as part of an inclusive team to achieve site mission, vision, and goals through:

  • Efficient and safe operation of equipment

  • Compliance with current good manufacturing processes (cGMP)

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor's Degree: prefer Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field experience

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Two (2) years of relevant experience

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment with responsibility for mechanical troubleshooting and repair of automated equipment.

  • SAP experience (or equivalent) related to plant maintenance and spare parts procurement systems

  • Working knowledge of regulatory requirements in accordance with GMP manufacturing operations

  • Ability to work in a highly effective team environment

  • Strong communication (written/verbal) skills

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities; strong planning, scheduling, and time management skills

  • Ability to work with and troubleshoot computer control equipment including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and/or Distributed Control Systems (DCS)

  • Proficiency in computer systems and applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), CMMS Calibration/Maintenance Database Systems.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Plant maintenance/calibration, project engineering and/or operations experience

  • Experience authoring PM/calibration job plans and management of spare parts - SAP or similar

  • Project management experience including change control and equipment qualification

  • Installation, operation, maintenance and/or troubleshooting experience with biopharmaceutical manufacturing equipment such as washers, autoclaves, CIP skids, tanks, bioreactors, and filtration skids

  • Six Sigma green and/or black belt certification

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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Requisition ID:R32228

Specialist, HVAC & Refrigeration Engineering

Durham, NC
Full Time

Published on 02/12/2020