Associate Automation Engineer
Elkton, VA
Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.

At the our Company's Manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have an Associate Manufacturing Automation Engineer position available. This position provides support for the control system software and hardware for the various manufacturing areas at the site. This typically involves managing several challenging projects. The Associate Manufacturing Automation Engineer will be paired with a more experienced Automation Engineer who will oversee their work as well as their development.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation of pharmaceutical product manufacturing facilities.

Responsibilities Include:
Assist with providing automation support for various manufacturing systems such as Programmable Logic Controllers , Distributed Control Systems and Original Equipment Manufacturer platforms.

Must be willing to work closely with various site and central groups in order to ensure control systems are designed, implemented and maintained in a manner to ensure manufacturing requirements are met

Designing solutions to ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansions, replacements, or upgrades.

Using technical knowledge to assure the efficient operation of a variety of automated processing and information technology systems.

Developing an understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices, safety, and environmental regulations.

Communicates daily with operation, technical, and quality representatives within area of support through the tier process.

Periodically reviews automation documents, performs preventive maintenance, and revises or develops automation Standard Operating Procedures.

Develops and supports corrective actions associated with automation related deviations/investigations

Communicates periodically with immediate supervisor about the status of area of responsibility

On the floor trouble shooting support of manufacturing activities

Maintains all system life cycle documentation

Responsibilities will potentially include providing automation support on various shifts and remote off-hour coverage support for trouble calls

Education Minimum Requirement:
Have a bachelor’s or Master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Computer Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Information technology

Required Experience and Skills:
Experience programming within the Emerson DeltaV environment
Experience writing System Development Life Cycle Methodology documents

Preferred Experience and Skills:
Experience with automating GMP clean utility systems
Experience with configuring DeltaV Virtual I/O Modules (VIMs)
Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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.





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