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Merck & Co, Inc

Utility Technician, Power House Operator

Science and Research

Animal Technician


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer? If so, then this is the opportunity for you!

Our Sourcing team partner with the business to ensure efficient acquisition of goods and services that enables the commercialization of our medicines, vaccines and Animal Health products. We collaborate internationally and are grouped into center-led categories and regional operating teams.

Position Description:

Relief Shift

3rd Shift


Essential functions of the position include, but are not limited to, the following: reporting to a Utility Manager, operates and maintains equipment and machinery used to generate sufficient steam pressure to operate a cogeneration power plant which includes and two(2) natural gas turbines. Monitors and operates systems including main steam distribution and condensate return, feedwater treatment, natural gas, fuel oil, potable water, fire prevention, compressed air, chilled water, condenser water, waste water treatment, and electrical grid. Maintains logs and/or necessary paperwork and documentation as required by the operation.


Natural gas or fuel oil steam boilers, feedwater heaters, natural gas turbines, automated control systems, compressors, pumps, motors, waste neutralization, deaerator, electric generators, fuel handling equipment, heaters, deionized water units, water filters, steam turbine drives, internal combustion engines, and all other equipment necessary for the operation of central power (steam and electric) generation/distributive control system, personal computers, UPS (uninterruptible power supply), multi-fuel burner systems, heat exchangers, and a hard-wired electrical distribution system interface.


  • Operates and maintains proper operating conditions on boilers, power generating equipment, and associated auxiliaries including a high pressure feedwater boilers, major natural gas pressure reducing system, compressed air, potable water and steam/electrical distribution systems in order to meet variable load conditions to maintain adequate supply to building systems.

  • Operates and regenerates water softeners, deionized softeners, neutralization, and boiler feedwater treatment system making resin changes, as necessary, and insuring efficient operation. Operates and maintains associated deaerator and storage tank systems and auxiliaries.

  • Operates and maintains steam driven and fossil fuel fired electric generating systems and associated equipment.

  • Operates utility systems/equipment within specified environmental emissions monitoring limits. Responds to alarms/emissions exception reports by making proper system/equipment adjustments. Notifies appropriate authorities.

  • Checks yard piping systems including natural gas, fuel oil, steam and condensate, for proper operation. Monitors and maintains associated manholes, valves, connections, valve boxes, traps, condensate received stations, etc. Performs appropriate maintenance and assures service reliability.

  • Operates, as necessary, compressed air, chilled water and condenser water systems including associated auxiliaries in the utility system area.

  • Operates and maintains proper operating conditions on all waste heat boiler, portable boilers and associated auxiliaries.

  • Monitors and operates the waste treatment systems including pumps, blowers, tank levels, and hazardous material as necessary.

  • Maintains proper equipment conditions by performing routine maintenance including oiling, changing oil as required, greasing, packing, cleaning, adjusting, changing and/or cleaning burners and strainers/filters, housekeeping, etc. Troubleshoots and makes general repairs, adjustments and corrections, as necessary for continuity of efficient service.

  • Checks applicable equipment and operating instruments and takes necessary steps to maintain proper operating conditions. Maintains records of operating details including fuel, water, steam, chemical, electrical data, etc., and daily shift report. Changes recording charts as required, and records appropriate daily, weekly, and monthly utility data. Provides written entries and logging as necessary in shift log book and/or data entry to automated/computerized systems.

  • Maintains boiler water chemistry. Performs chemical test/analysis of boiler feedwater, condensate return, and as necessary to support the effective and efficient operation of the plant, chilled water, condenser water, and plant potable water system. Troubleshoots and takes appropriate actions to correct problem areas within the utility systems. Adds chemicals as required and maintains record of conditions. Monitors and maintains supply of chemicals and informs supervisor when additional chemicals are to be reordered. Standardizes and checks water room test instruments.

  • Prepares equipment and/or systems for modification, tie-in, or overhaul by shutting down as required. Returns systems to service.

  • Maintains proper system and equipment operation in all utility areas to insure energy and water usage efficiency. Inspects and maintains boilers and power generating equipment as required and participates in scheduled maintenance and overhaul to provide continued reliable and efficient service.

  • Evaluates power (steam and electrical) requirements, and operates system efficiently considering power generation plant demands, steam driven equipment, steam accessories, etc. Prints computer generated equipment efficiency and combustion test data on all boilers for proper plant set-up.

  • Performs soundings of fuel oil storage tanks, caustic and acid tanks, receives and oversees bulk deliveries, and performs inspections of associated containment areas. Maintains required records of levels. Responds to spills and notifies proper authorities. Pulls required fuel oil, lube oil and hydraulic oil samples from tanks, vessels and equipment for analysis.

  • Operates various communications equipment, monitors assigned systems, and responds to emergency alarms from the utilities monitoring systems and outside utility companies.

  • Operates the boiler and power generation control system and associated equipment remotely, locally, automatically or by hand as determined necessary under normal and emergency conditions. Monitors, troubleshoots and acts appropriately on input from boiler and power system graphics, panels, and annunciator systems. Makes changes as indicated by diagnostics and makes adjustments on necessary controls to maintain proper water levels in boilers, deaerator and condensate tanks, steam pressure, combustion air/fuel, power generation, and distribution requirements.

  • Provides coordination/direction/guidance for operations, maintenance and contract personnel as required to support powerhouse/plant operation, maintenance and projects. Resolves plant operational problems with Power Plant Technician and Power Distribution Electrician assistance.

  • Works with minimum supervision. Generates data to immediate supervisor concerning condition and status of utility systems and associated equipment.

  • Performs all other duties as necessary to ensure continuity and maintenance of utility systems and conditions throughout the area. Completes assigned Preventative Maintenance work orders and system outage work orders. Verifies assigned systems drawings and P&IDs for accuracy.

  • Monitors and operates high and low pressure natural gas and LPG systems and associated safety systems.

  • Coordinates, monitors, and performs the Lockout/Tagout Procedure as defined in site and operational Hazardous Energy Control Procedures.

  • Performs job duties in accordance with site and departmental safety policies and procedures.

  • Operates all necessary fire fighting equipment, as well as the fire suppression systems.

  • Develops, execute, monitors and/or manages Lock Out and Tag Out(‘LOTO’) of equipment and/or other systems in accordance with Department procedures to ensure personnel safety during preventative and/or corrective maintenance, shutdowns and/or other periods or situations where LOTO is required.

  • Actively participates in periodic review and/or execution of existing or new Process Hazard

  • Analysis(‘PHA’) associated with a Department Potentially Hazardous Process(‘PHP’).

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement

  • High school diploma or equivalent and

  • Graduate from a recognized and accredited trade school with course work in boiler operation and control comparable to the former U.S. Navy BoilerTechnician or the existing U.S. Navy Machinist Mate,

  • Former U.S. Navy Boiler Technician,

  • U.S. Navy Machinist’s Mate,

  • U.S. Navy Electrician’s Mate,

  • Graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy,

  • System operator certification from a recognized and accredited organization for operation of industrial power and utility systems generation


  • Work experience and training in successful independent control, operation, inspection, monitoring, documentation and maintenance of industrial power generation equipment(i.e. Boilers and/or Gas and/or Steam Turbines) and utility(i.e. steam, compressed air, chilled water, etc.) systems.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate must be able to document previous work experience and training:

  • Graduate from a recognized and accredited trade school with course work in boiler operation and control comparable to the former Navy Boiler Technician or the existing Navy Machinist Mate,

  • Minimum of two(2) years(i.e. within the last five(5) years) of full time work experience operating power and utility generation equipment comparable to the West Point facility(Reference: Equipment or Machinery Operated Section),

  • Served as a U.S. Navy Electrician’s Mate

  • Served as a U.S. Navy Boiler Technician or

  • Served as a U.S. Navy Machinist’s Mate

Equipment or Machinery Operated:

Boilers, feedwater heaters, compressors, pumps, fuel handling equipment, heaters, water filters, all other equipment necessary for the operation of utility plant steam, potable water, compressed air and auxiliary systems, automated control systems, deionized water units, combustion/steam turbines, electric generators, synchronizers, computerized automated control systems, internal combustion engines, and electric generation/distribution.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.




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.


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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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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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Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:



2nd - Evening, 3rd - Night

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Hazardous Material(s):


Requisition ID:R235171