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Senior Maintenance Technician | HVAC & Refrigeration



Durham, NC, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2024

Job Description

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Senior Maintenance Technician | HVAC & Refrigeration that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

Summary, Focus and Purpose

The Senior Maintenance Technician | HVAC & Refrigeration is accountable for providing maintenance and troubleshooting supporting vaccine process equipment operations.

Key Functions

  • Work Independently and as a Team member with Integrity | Precision | Accomplishment | Motivational Ambition | Respect | Inclusion

  • Take appropriate action to correct maintenance problems

  • Able to function in a team-based empowered culture | Seeks ideas and information on how to improve customer service involving internal and external customers

  • Applies knowledge of the overall supply chain to efficiently complete work tasks which is key in fulfilling the duties of collaborating in the creation of SOPs and preventative maintenance plans

  • Writing and maintaining accurate documentation of activities

  • Undertaking SAP transactions and change control activities including spare part lists and preventative maintenance plans

  • Actively supports, participates and embraces a team culture including significant interaction with operations, quality, automation, technology, and other groups

  • HVAC/R equipment (air handling units, building automation systems, -70 freezers and 2-8C cold rooms, refrigerators, heating hot water skids, incubators, etc.)

  • Support Systems (plant steam condensate systems in relation to air handling unit maintenance, operations, and reliability)

  • Automated systems (e.g., Distributed Control System, Programmable Logic Controllers)

  • Maintenance equipment (e.g., tools, calibration equipment, meters, and anemometers)

  • Installation, testing, adjustment, maintenance, repair, calibration and troubleshooting of complex automated process equipment

  • Interact with vendors other departments, contractors and disciplines on scheduling repairs, maintenance/projects, equipment testing, parts, troubleshooting and coordination activities like FAT, SAT, design reviews, and engineering assessments

  • Participates in the establishment and improvement of new and existing process equipment

  • Maintain utility equipment by developing/installing new equipment, completing validation protocols, documenting work using a computerized maintenance management system and other duties as requested by the Utility Maintenance Manager

  • Provides technical specifications and information to Quality, Manufacturing, Process-Project Engineers

  • Aids in the development of SOPs, engineering change requests, preventative maintenance plans/calibration procedures, task lists, etc.

  • Ensures appropriate spare part inventories are established and maintained

  • Actively participates in safety initiatives, including shop floor audits

  • Efficient and safe maintenance and repair of equipment using Lock-out Tag-out and Hazardous Energy Control Procedure updates

  • Completes in-depth troubleshooting and maintenance of equipment | Conducts preventative maintenance inspections and prepares inspection reports concerning the operation of equipment and mechanical condition of the equipment

  • Prepares technical documentation and preventative maintenance procedures when needed | Provides training to others | Completes written documentation of work completed

  • 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

  • Aids in equipment and instrumentation related atypical investigations

  • Compliance with cGMP, safety and environmental requirements/regulations/guidelines

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and advance several tasks in parallel

  • Proficient in the use of general hand and power tools, instruments, and testing apparatus commonly used in maintenance and instrumentation

  • Ability to read P&ID's, electrical drawings, blueprints, etc.

Shift and Hours

  • Rotating 12 Hour Shift (5-5-2) | 5-5-2 = Five Days On | Five Days Off | 2 Days On | 2 Days Off | 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM, 6:00AM to 6:00PM, transitioning nights to days every 3 months. Alternating Weekends and Holidays | Starts as 1st Shift Monday to Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM until trained

Education & Certification

  • Required | High School Diploma/GED or higher and Universal Refrigerant Recovery Certification (EPA 608 Certification)

  • Preferred | Associate Degree in Industrial Systems, Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical or Instrumentation and Universal Refrigerant Recovery Certification (EPA 608 Certification)

Required experience and skills:

  • Two years HVAC/R experience with knowledge of technical craft skills (instrumentation, electrical, plumbing, advanced mechanical, and/or multi-stage refrigeration systems)

  • Working knowledge of regulatory requirements in accordance with GMP operations

  • BAS, HVAC/R and instrumentation troubleshooting skills

  • Able to read electrical prints, and control loops

  • Able to lift 50 pounds, climb ladders and stairs, work on platforms and equipment above floor level | Walking, bending, crawling and stooping

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

  • Strategic leadership skills with principled and positive verbal and written communication skills

  • Intelligent planning, scheduling, and time management skills

Preferred experience and skills:

  • Five years relevant HVAC/Refrigeration experience

  • Clean room or GMP regulated environment

  • Knowledge of industrial refrigeration systems which includes, cascade refrigeration systems, and absorption systems

  • Regulated industry such as FDA

  • Desiccant dehumidification system room pressure controls

  • Industrial experience involving utility system generation, distribution and control and strong knowledge of steam, compressed air, refrigeration and water systems

  • Installation, operation, maintenance and/or troubleshooting experience with automated process equipment in the biopharmaceutical field

  • GMP compliant calibration and/or maintenance database systems

  • Knowledge of SAP and Delta V


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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Job Posting End Date:06/30/2024

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Requisition ID:R294948