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Job: Maintenance Technician, Operations, Merck & Co., Durham, NC

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Job title:
Maintenance Technician, Operations
Job location:
Durham, NC  27701 United States
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Full time

Job Description

Job Description

If this position will be based in the US or Puerto Rico (not applicable to positions based outside of US or Puerto Rico):  Subject to applicable law,  all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement.  Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

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

The Maintenance Technician is accountable for providing equipment troubleshooting and maintenance support for a new product project/manufacturing operation. Develops standard operating procedures (SOP's) and preventative maintenance (PM's) plans, as requested. Accountable for written documentation of activities. Accountable for SAP transactions and change control activities including spare part lists and Preventative Maintenance (PMs) plans. Actively promotes, participates and embraces a team culture including significant interaction with Operations, Quality, Automation, Technology, and other groups. 



  • Process Equipment (e.g. tanks/bioreactors, filtration skids, chromatography columns) 

  • Support Equipment (e.g. washers, autoclaves, tube welders/sealers) 

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

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

  • Clean-In-Place (CIP) Systems 

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

  • Ability to work with and troubleshoot complex process systems to include bioreactors, filtration skids, chromatography columns, washers, autoclaves and CIP skids

  • Routine maintenance tasks including but not limited to diaphragm replacement, equipment lubrication, filter changes, rotating equipment inspection, and adjustments to process equipment

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

  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs), engineering change request (ECRs), preventative maintenance (PM) plans/calibration procedures, task lists, etc.

  • Order and maintain spare parts for assigned process equipment

  • Interface with other departments, contractors and disciplines on scheduling repairs and maintenance of clean utility systems

  • Assists with execution of calibrations, automation, validation and additional testing

  • Accountable for written documentation of activities

  • Works within a team to perform maintenance and troubleshooting activities | Completes preventative maintenance and assists with calibrations, resolves deviations and evaluates equipment performance for efficient operation

  • Efficient and safe maintenance and repair of equipment using Hazardous Energy Control Procedures

  • Compliance with current good manufacturing procedures (cGMP), safety and environmental requirements/regulations/guidelines

  • Required to wear personal protective equipment including safety glasses, earplugs, gloves, hard hats, safety harnesses, arc flash garments as needed, etc. 

  • Position requires clean room gowning during performance of some job duties (clean room safety shoes, clean room shoe coverings, clean room garments, hair coverings, safety glasses)

Education Requirement

  • High School Diploma/GED or higher


Experience and Skills


  • Minimum of two years of plant maintenance with knowledge of technical craft skills (instrumentation, electrical, advanced mechanical, HVAC, and/or multi-stage refrigeration systems)

  • Proficiency in computer systems: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), CMMS Calibration/Maintenance Database Systems

  • Must demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills

  • Effective time management skills | maintenance, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills

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

  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude

  • 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.



  • Associate Degree in Industrial Systems, Mechanical, Electronics, or Electrical

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

  • Working in a clean room or GMP/regulated manufacturing environment

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

  • GMP compliant maintenance database systems

  • Knowledge of SAP and Delta V

Schedule Requirements

  • Routine shift will be 2-2-3 | 12-hour night shift schedule, including holidays and alternating weekends | Will be available for an on-call schedule on nights and weekends |  Successful candidate will be required to work an 8-hour weekday schedule until night shift

Physical Job Requirements

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

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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully 
Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

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Requisition ID:R143853

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