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Merck & Co, Inc

Specialist Engineering, Reliability Engineering ( MERCUSR142394ENUS)

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Engineering



Elkton, Virginia, United States

Job Description

If this position will be based in the US or Puerto Rico (not applicable to positions based outside of US or Puerto Rico): Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

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.

As a member of the 5H Reliability Engineering Group, the primary role of the Reliability Engineer is to:

  • Support the Senior Reliability Engineer with the development and implementation of an area or integrated process team (IPT) dedicated Reliability Plan to improve process and utility asset reliability within an end-to-end (E2E) operating unit.

  • This role will require significant skill in the areas of data analysis, selection and application of reliability tools, field execution and close collaboration with other groups in order to achieve reliability solutions.

  • Through analysis of field conditions, operating history, performance data, and equipment capabilities, combined with their knowledge of reliability tools and computerized maintenance-management system (CMMS) application

  • The Reliability Engineer is responsible for maintaining, communicating and executing the Reliability Plan in order to reduce equipment risk.

  • Successful execution of this process will require flexibility, field coordination and execution, effective communication with peers and leaders, and careful task management.

Job technical responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Being a key member of the reliability engineering team for an integrated process team (IPT), including interfacing with team members, identifying and prioritizing reliability risks, selecting reliability tools to address risks, and communicating status of mitigating actions

  • Field application of Reliability tools and principles to ensure that equipment operates in compliance with safety, environmental, and quality requirements.

  • Ability to adapt to and understand challenges of supported area and the ability to quickly learn and apply new reliability principles.

  • Define, design, develop, monitor and refine the preventive/predictive maintenance processes and precision maintenance techniques.

  • Perform root cause failure analysis on equipment failures and develop strategies to prevent recurrence

  • Serve as technical liaison for capital projects to ensure reliability, maintainability and operability of installed equipment

  • Monitor the performance of equipment reliability metrics, investigate variance from targets and implement action items to improve performance

  • Provide technical input to support production area quality deviation investigations

  • Conducting spare part reviews or maintenance reviews to ensure that CMMS data is properly configured to support reliability efforts (ensuring accurate asset bill of materials and effective maintenance job plans).

Job leadership responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Significant project management, including reliability enhancement task/project accountability (e.g. scoping, planning, scheduling) with a significant level of self-direction

  • Execute reliability enhancements to meet production targets and reduce maintenance costs

  • Influencing others to adopt different points of view as appropriate

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or equivalent technical major or equivalent military training and formal reliability experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Four (4) years’ experience in a functional area such as Operations, Technology, Engineering, Maintenance, Military and/or previous supervisory experience

  • Four (4) years’ expertise in industrial manufacturing, maintenance, industrial engineering and/or reliability engineering

  • Very good general computer skills, including Microsoft, Word, Excel and Access

  • Strong mechanical aptitude

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability professional (CMRP), Certified Reliability Leader(CRL) or Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Certification

  • Root Cause Analysis, Failure Mode Effects Analysis

  • Computerized Management Maintenance Systems (SAP, ProCal)

  • Instrumentation, electrical and calibration expertise

  • Two (2) years’ experience in supporting relevant manufacturing or processing (aseptic/sterile, bulk, solid oral dosage, packaging, utilities etc.)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of High Performing Organization tools and methodology, including Lean Six Sigma Methodology (Green Belt certification)

  • Demonstrated experience of interacting with site, divisional or regulatory audits

  • Working knowledge of cGMP for pharmaceutical and/or vaccine manufacturing.

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 …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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.

Position requires work in areas in which Beta Lactam is present. Selection for the position is contingent on allergy screening process.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Requisition ID:R142394