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Engineering Technician



Software Engineering
Sligo, Ireland
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Company Description

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas – immunology, oncology, neuroscience, and eye care – and products and services in our Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description


To provide a Manufacturing Engineering service to the API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) plant, in order to maximise the availability of Manufacturing Equipment. To ensure continual compliance with the policies relating to Personnel, Quality, Engineering, Safety and Finance.

  • To ensure the performance of day to day preventative, predictive and demand maintenance activity to maintain manufacturing and utilities equipment.
  • To liaise with Production to ensure equipment performance is maximized.
  • To maintain records and documentation on relevant Engineering Procedures and preventative & demand maintenance.
  • To liaise with Internal/External Engineering personnel and contract maintenance providers in maintaining, troubleshooting and installing/commissioning equipment.
  • To facilitate the implementation of equipment projects/ process improvements.


  • Establish with the engineering team leader the department goals, schedules and timetables for activities.
  • Maintenance of manufacturing equipment including but not limited to pressure vessels, receivers, valves, instrumentation, vacuum systems, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, purified water systems
  • Contribute to successful external, Division and Corporate audits.
  • Identification and implementation of manufacturing equipment related cost improvement plans and continuous improvement plans.
  • Cross train within manufacturing engineering.
  • Ensure safety standards are met and safe working practices adhered to.
  • Support the Production Team in ensuring that manufacturing equipment is maintained to meet the output and yield requirements.
  • Adhering to all relevant policies relating to Quality and regulatory
  • Supervision of external contractors carrying out work onsite
  • Required to undertake specific investigations, and equipment monitoring, with the view to improve manufacturing performance e.g. reducing plant, maximizing output and yield.
  • Optimisation of elements of manufacturing machinery to adapt to process conditions in order to improve efficiency.
  • Considerable and continual care and attention needed to avoid substantial damage to equipment
  • Adherence to the MEP (Maintenance Excellence Programme) is required to ensure increased reliability and decreased downtime for the plant.



  • Relevant Electrical or Mechanical trade exams or academic engineering qualification to Ordinary degree level at a minimum. Automation experience is an advantage.

Job/Technical Skills

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a relevant industry at an equivalent position. Pharmaceutical experience strongly preferred
  • Detailed functional knowledge of wide range of manufacturing equipment is required. Example: Glass Lined and Hastelloy Reactors, Thermal Oxidizer, Filter Dryers, Vacuum Pumps. Universal Milling Machine, Isolators, Purified water systems, Air Handling Units and Chillers, Boilers, Compressors and supporting utilities.
  • Strong IT knowledge is required.
  • Strong trouble shooting and documentation skills
  • Working knowledge of ATEX regulations and requirements

Business Skills

  • Requires a high level of attention to detail and mental concentration, to ensure accuracy and total compliance with procedures at all times.
  • Requires proven problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to new regulatory requirements.
  • Must be results driven striving to meet all targets and metric standards as set by site/department and division leaders.
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written are required for the execution of this role.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required.
  • Demonstrates an ethos of Right First Time at all times.
  • Each Engineering Technician is responsible for their own work and the execution of their tasks on a daily basis.
  • Is required to be flexible and support the business through working a 24 x 7 shift roster and on call rota as required.

Additional Information

So, does this all sound like the right role for you? Then come join AbbVie!

AbbVie is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop innovative solutions for patients and being part of an inclusive work environment.

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.