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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Technician, Maintenance - Weekend shift ( $5,000 Sign On Bonus available for New External Hires)

Construction and Facilities




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

The Sr. Technician, Maintenance position is available at our Animal Health facility in De Soto, Kansas, located near Kansas City metropolitan area. The DeSoto facility is expanding operations to manufacturing vaccines and biologics for large and companion animals. Leveraging an experienced and innovative team environment, the key technologies at the site are biologics production using fermentation and cell culture platforms, filling and packaging.

$5,000 Sign On Bonus available for New External Hires. The sign on bonus will be paid within your first regularly scheduled paycheck

The incumbent will be required to perform work in one or more special craft areas, and the work detail is to install, maintain, repair, and perform preventive maintenance on new and existing facilities equipment, electrical, mechanical, HVAC/R and computerized building management systems. To repair equipment and recalibrate as needed. To perform general building maintenance, mechanical and electrical troubleshooting and repair as needed. To perform 24-hour emergency repair on a rotational basis. Carries out industrial maintenance functions in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices and prepares technical documentation. Participates in the establishment and improvement of new and existing process equipment. The primary focus will involve maintaining process equipment by developing/performing PM's, documenting work using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS - SAP) and other duties as requested by the Maintenance Manager.

Following an initial training period on the first shift, the hours for this position will be Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12 hour day shift. This position also requires a rotating night/weekend on-call emergency coverage rotation required 1 week approximately every 2 months where the technician is responsible to respond to equipment operation alarms during unmanned hours.


  • Utility Equipment: steam boilers, chillers, air handlers, air compressors, DI water, etc.

  • Process Equipment: fermenters, process tanks, centrifuges, autoclaves, CIP systems, microfluidizers, etc.

  • Packaging Equipment: injection filler, unscramble, capper, labeler, tray packer, etc.

  • Machine shop equipment: drill press, grinder, gas, and electric welder, power cutting tools, etc.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. with trade school, certifications, or college-level courses related to construction/maintenance trades preferred.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Five (5) years of industrial maintenance experience or two (2) year technical degree with three (3) years of maintenance experience or equivalent.

  • A primary knowledge in the industrial maintenance environment is required.

  • Mechanical and electrical troubleshooting skills are essential and must possess these skills to be effective in this area without further skills training.

  • Must be able to read electrical prints and P&ID control loops.

  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to maintain a strong safety culture within daily activities.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Ability to use HMI (Human Machine Interface) & SCADA system for troubleshooting and repair preferred.

  • Experience in FDA or USDA regulated environment preferred.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals 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., Rahway, 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.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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Employee Status:



No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R196190