Associate Engineering Specialist Co-Op
As a science-based healthcare company with a longstanding commitment to inventing and providing important medicines and vaccines, subject to applicable law, we require all U.S. and Puerto Rico based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption or accommodation. We are committed to supporting our employees during this process as we work to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
The Future Talent Program features Cooperative (Co-op) education that lasts up to 6 months and will include one or more projects. These opportunities in our Manufacturing Division can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.
The co-op assignment will support our Manufacturing Division’s Packaging Technology Community’s three unique groups. These groups serve as our company’s central packaging Centers of Excellence with global responsibility for packaging related activities. The position is based in West Point, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia).
The candidate selected will have opportunities to gain direct experience in a wide variety of areas within pharmaceutical packaging.
Key Learning & Development
Primary and secondary packaging development and testing for solid oral dose, sterile and medical device products
Packaging equipment development and qualification
Packaging processes and controls
Bulk packaging development and testing
Distribution packaging development and testing
Thermal packaging development and testing
Packaging related documentation and regulations
Customer focus and usability testing
These activities will provide the Co-Op Associate Engineering Specialist with exposure to other departments, cross functional teams, suppliers, etc. Travel to company and contract packaging sites, equipment and component manufacturers and/or testing facilities is expected as part of the direct immersive experience.
Required Education and Experience:
Candidate must be currently pursuing degree in Packaging Science, Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline
Candidate must be currently enrolled in an academic program and returning to university following this co-op assignment to complete credit requirements for graduation
Candidate must be available for full time employment for a period of six months in January to June 2023
Preferred Experience and Skills:
Candidate should have strong project management, problem solving, organizational, technical writing and communication skills
Candidate should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
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., 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.
For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.
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Employee Status:Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)
Flexible Work Arrangements:Not Specified
Shift:1st - Day
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