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Instrumentation Technician, 2nd Shift (M-Th 4:00pm - 2:30am)

Purdue Pharmaceuticals L.P. Technical Operations, 4701 Purdue Drive, Wilson, North Carolina, United States of America Req #56
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Job Summary

Has primary responsibility for the Instrument Calibration System – assuring proper calibration methods and intervals are applied in such a way that equipment availability is maximized – maintains constant vigilance over calibration methods and intervals and making changes to SOPs regarding methods and intervals - maintenance of proper and required documentation to assure full cGMP compliance.  Responsible for assisting in the scheduling of outside contract personnel to assist in calibration service.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for helping manage and maintain the Building Automation System – assuring proper operation of controlled equipment/systems – manipulation of set points to effect necessary and required control of environmental operating conditions within product exposure areas as well as proper operation and control of utilities equipment – maintenance of proper and required documentation to assure full cGMP compliance.
  • Possesses skills related to PLCs, PCs, and other microprocessor based industrial control and monitoring systems.
  • Uses specialized tools, instruments, methods, and devices, as necessary, to accomplish desired results.
  • Operate and maintain utility systems.  Includes daily operation, testing, monitoring of Boilers, Chillers, Cooling Towers, Air compressors, Air Dryers and Purified Water System
  • Disassembles equipment/systems/components for the purpose of repair, maintenance, modification, and/or training and then reassembles, checking for proper operation.
  • Inspects, evaluates, analyzes, confirms, and/or modifies programs, software, firmware, hardware associated with industrial control systems being utilized or proposed for utilization within the operation.
  • Responsible for personal compliance with cGMPs, OSHA, and any other regulatory guidelines that may apply.
  • Assist Engineering in the setup, repair, trouble shoot, maintain and modify production and facilities equipment as required.
  • Specifies and/or procures parts as needed for both maintenance and quality/cost driven projects.
  • Assists with the training of other maintenance personnel to operate, repair, maintain, and/or modify production and facilities equipment.  Provides technical solutions to daily production and facilities problems.
  • Provide direction on inventory stocking as it applies to production and facilities electrical and instrumentation equipment.
  • Survey OEM spare parts inventory to seek and procure alternate suppliers, lower cost of replacement parts, and expedite delivery.
  • Responsible for establishment, review, audit, and edit of applicable maintenance practices, procedures, and compliance.
  • Responsible for providing training to production and facilities equipment operators on matters relating to improved equipment operation.
  • Responsible for compliance with Controlled Substance documentation and accountability procedures and policies, maintaining high alert to diversion and theft possibilities.
  • Performs other related assignments and duties as required and assigned.

Education and Experience

  • A.A.S. in Instrumentation/Industrial Electronics Technology or closely related craft area (or an equivalent in experience and/or training) and 3 years of experience in power and control systems for pharmaceutical/food production and facilities equipment maintenance, repair, modification, and installation is required. 
  • Relevant Degrees/Licenses/Certificates may include but not limited to:
    • Industrial Systems Technology
    • Johnson Control Systems
    • Allen Bradley Control Systems
    • Electrical License

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must be proficient in all phases and aspects of instrumentation, electronic, and electrical power maintenance, repair, modification, and installation of high-speed pharmaceutical/food production and facilities related equipment and systems including, but not limited to, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and electronic power and control devices.  
  • A working knowledge of mechanical systems related to the above equipment is also required.   Must be able to assess power and control issues, formulate and evaluate possible solutions, and implement changes as required. 
  • Must have previous experience with high-speed food or pharmaceutical production equipment.  Must possess good communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Must have a working knowledge of PLCs, ladder logic, as well as all types of electric and pneumatic instrumentation including all phases of traceable calibration programs.  
  • Must have knowledge of cGMPs, OSHA, and other regulations related and pertaining to safe, efficient, effective, and compliant plant equipment operation and equipment repair in a pharmaceutical/food production facility.
  • Works under limited supervision and must be able to interpret and carry out detailed written or verbal instructions including work orders, blueprints, drawings and sketches related to the operation, maintenance, repair, or modification of production and facilities equipment control and power systems while exercising judgement and discretion in the most advantageous manner.  
  • Position may require being “on-call” and working some weekends and overtime.


Supervisory Responsibilities (if Applicable)

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  • Job Family Engineering & Sciences
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Purdue Pharmaceuticals L.P. Technical Operations, 4701 Purdue Drive, Wilson, North Carolina, United States of America