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Merck & Co. Inc.

Senior Manufacturing Technician



Full Time

On Site


Wilson, North Carolina, United States

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 linked to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates, and finished products.

This Senior Manufacturing Technician is accountable for providing shop floor operations support and performing preventative and corrective maintenance support for primary filling, inspection and / or packaging equipment for a start-up vaccine manufacturing facility in Wilson, NC. This person will be an individual contributor and member of the Operations team within the Vaccines integrated process team.

This is a hybrid role, focused on the startup and future routine operation of the vaccine manufacturing facility. Dependent upon business need, this person will spend a percentage of time working in a Bio Process Operator capacity and a percentage of time will be spent working in a Mechanical capacity. The percentage of time in each of these duties will fluctuate based on business needs and demands. It is important the successful candidate understand the fluctuation of duties and have the ability and desire to handle both types of responsibilities.


  • Set up, operate, monitor & control equipment, systems & processes within assigned area.

  • Perform equipment maintenance, including restoration of lost function, predictive & preventative maintenance.

  • Perform minor and major overhauls to equipment by completely disassembling, repairing, and reassembling equipment to proper operation conditions.

  • Perform corrective maintenance and troubleshooting for vaccine processing and packaging equipment utilizing diagnostic equipment and programmable logic controllers (PLC’s) as necessary.

  • Participate in new equipment installations by interfacing with equipment vendors, recommending spare parts, assisting process-project engineers, assisting qualification, and performing initial de-bug for vaccines processing and packaging equipment.

  • Follow all safety & environmental requirements in the performance of duties. Ensure that work and adjustments performed are properly documented and executed in alignment with change management procedures.

  • Review & author Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) & other documents, as required.

  • Execution of production schedule to achieve production goals.

  • Train fellow employees in areas of expertise & aggressively learn systems & equipment outside of own area of expertise.

  • Other accountabilities, as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required (AAS degree in related field preferred).

  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in manufacturing industry, cGMP, FDA, regulated industry experience highly preferred.

  • Demonstrated industrial maintenance, mechanical, and electrical skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot equipment utilizing a systematic approach to understand problems and determine appropriate solutions.

  • Ability to read and understand electrical prints, P&IDs, and control loop diagrams.

  • Ability and willingness to gown and work in an aseptic environment.

  • Willing to work irregular hours to support multi-shift operation on an as needed basis

Desired Qualifications:

  • BioWorks certification

  • Packaging experience

  • Ability to read, write & understand complicated product documentation & standard operating procedures with attention to detail

  • Proven expertise in planning/organizing, managing execution, checking results & revising work plans

  • Maintenance experience within a vaccine, pharmaceutical, or GMP regulated environment

  • Experience in Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Problem Solving, and/or Right First-Time methodologies

  • Working knowledge of machine shop equipment (lathe, drill press, grinder, milling equipment, welding, power cutting tools, etc.)

  • Ability to perform or support technical writing of documents such as preventive maintenance procedures (PMs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs)

  • Computer literacy




Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R119457