Control Technician

Date: Jun 22, 2019

Location: Elkton, VA, US

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Requisition ID: ICW000464

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

The Control Technician is responsible for providing instrumentation, electrical and controls support for various manufacturing areas located in aseptic, clean room, laboratory and bulk chemical environments. The control technician works within a maintenance group to perform maintenance and troubleshooting activities. Evaluates instrumentation, electrical and control performance, completes calculations, and resolves deviations. Assists in developing standard operating procedures (SOPs), hazardous energy control procedures (HECPs) and preventative maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance plans/calibration procedures, as required. Follows proper safety, environmental and quality procedures for maintaining equipment. Responsible for written documentation of activities. Actively supports an inclusion culture with significant interaction with Quality, Technical Operations, Engineering and other support groups.

Must be flexible to perform all of the following functions and other tasks as needed:
  • Design, assembly, installation, adjustment, testing, cleaning, calibration, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of plant instrumentation, electrical and electronic systems such as controllers, transmitters, indicators, plant and laboratory analyzers, and weighing systems.
  • Perform on-going maintenance of aseptic/clean room and bulk chemical areas
  • Follow complex instructions for completion of job tasks.
  • Complete written documentation of work performed.
  • Flexible schedule required to support various maintenance activities
  • Follow prescribed safety and environmental rules and regulations and maintain high quality standards of work. 
  • Compliance with current good manufacturing procedures(cGMP), safety and environmental requirements/regulations/guidelines

Shift Work Requirement – You will be required to work a 12 hour shift rotation that involves working every other weekend.

The successful candidate will be required to qualify in this Mechanic Craft by on-the-job performance, practical skills assessment and testing.

The starting pay for this position is $ 34.72/hour.



Education Minimum Requirement:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • A journeyperson's card with a minimum of 42 month apprenticeship rating as a Control Tech OR a 2-or 4 year degree in instrumentation, electrical or electronics, OR military experience working in the areas of Instrumentation, Electrical, or Electronics within the last six years.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Four years of industrial experience OR equivalent military experience working in the areas of Instrumentation, Electrical, or Electronics, within the last six years.
  • Practical knowledge on the operation/use of general hand and power tools, instruments and testing apparatus common to the electrical, electronic and instrumentation fields
  • Ability to read P&ID's, electrical drawings, blueprints, PLC ladder logic, etc
  • Must have knowledge installing, repairing and maintaining instrumentation, automation, electronic, single phase and all aspects of 3-phase electrical equipment throughout a manufacturing environment.
  • Effective calibration/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to communicate both in writing and verbally and work in a highly effective team environment
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and advance several tasks in parallel
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • A current level one, two or three CCST designation from ISA.
  • Experience in aseptic or GMP/regulated and bulk chemical manufacturing environment
  • Ability to work with and troubleshoot computer control equipment, including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
  • Experience in troubleshooting and programming VFDs(Variable Frequency Drives)
  • Experience in electrical distributions systems with voltages greater than 600VAC
  • Knowledge of SAP

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 6
Shift (if applicable): Other (see Work Schedule)
Hazardous Materials: Acetone, Beta Lactam antibiotic, Methanol, IPA, SporKlenz, CIP100, LpH
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Harrisonburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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