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Merck & Co, Inc

Mechanical Technician, SPO| Level 1 ( MERCUSR106171ENUS)

Science and Research

Animal Technician



West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

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, in accordance with applicable law.

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

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.


  • Performs a wide variety of tasks and operations in GMP, aseptic and controlled environments that are required to support and execute production. This includes formulating bulk product and culture media, performing cleaning and sterilization of equipment, setting-up and operating filling equipment, staging and loading components and bulks, setting-up and operating inspection equipment, setting-up and operating the nitrogen tunnels for freezing, completing lyo cabinet operations, staging and loading packaging components, setting-up and operating packaging equipment, and completing associated batch record and logbook documentation

  • Operates and maintains assigned equipment in SPO by performing mechanic, electronic, electrical, and pneumatic/hydraulic troubleshooting and repairs

  • Completes preventative maintenance and repairs as assigned for the equipment and facilities within Sterile and Packing Operations and performs cleaning and housekeeping requirements as assigned in the areas

  • Performs all duties of other classifications in Sterile and Packaging Operations as assigned by supervision

  • Performs in a leadership role to coordinate and execute line/equipment set-up, start-up, and on-going operations on a daily basis

  • Provides real-time status of the operation of a line or individual piece of equipment and guides the activities of other classifications assigned to a specific operation or production activity to ensure effective operation of the equipment and completion of scheduled activities

  • Responsible for completing documentation as assigned by supervision to monitor the performance of equipment and line operations; and participates in team meetings to focus on increased performance and safety of the equipment in each operating area

  • All operations will be carried out in compliance with cGMP's, specific Manufacturing Process Descriptions, and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure that the quality of our products and services is of the highest level

  • Runs equipment for various size containers, stoppers, caps, and other packaging components as required

  • Makes minor adjustments to equipment to clear jams as necessary and communicates issues or problems to technicians or supervisors

  • Completes all required log sheets, batch records (including, but not limited to 2nd person reviews, sampling and accountability calculations), training rosters and other documentation as required, with adherence to Right First Time (RFT) accountability

  • Interfaces with departmental computer systems/databases (i.e., PCL entries, start/end batches, etc.) and timely accurate SAP transactions as necessary

  • Perform in-process testing/monitoring via paper or electrical systems (dose/seal checks, leak checks, broken glass checks, standards/challenges, reconstitution, control boards/charts, etc.)

  • Sets up and operates steam and dry heat sterilizers including computer interface operations

  • Assembles equipment and performs washing and cleaning of components and equipment

  • Coordinates activities required to manage inventory of supplies, components, and equipment to meet production schedules

  • Ensures materials are organized, stored, segregated, and staged for production operations

  • Sets up, operates, and troubleshoots packing equipment including making minor repairs as necessary

Education Requirement

  • High School Diploma/GED or higher AND successful completion of an Associate’s degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.) OR an equivalent associate degree program or vocational certificate in lieu of the degree program OR equivalent military course work.

Equivalent Programs Will Require Training

  • Mechanic Pumps, Belts and Chain Drives | Lubrication and Installation of Bearings | Industrial Electrical 1 & 2 | Industrial Pneumatics and Hydraulics | Precision Machine Shop 1A/1B | Equivalent Experience Determined by Management

Preferred Education Requirement

  • Two-year Associates Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Electrical or Electronic Technology

  • Certified Instrument Tech

  • Courses in any trades, especially mechanic, electrical, or electronic

  • Courses in writing and verbal skills

Experience and Skills


  • Minimum two years’ as a technician in a manufacturing, military, or industrial facility which includes the set-up, changeover, assembly, disassembly, repair, operation and modifications or preventative maintenance of complex mechanic equipment


  • Aseptic bulk product formulation, aseptic processing which involved making sterile connections, clean rooms, gowning or manufacturing of products in cGMP facilities using process descriptions, sample measurement, and in-process additions

  • Other highly regulated industries is also desirable

  • Instrumentation, detection and control devices, solid state electronics, computer mathematics, digital and analog logic and robotics

  • Instruct and train other employees, mechanical aptitude, ability to read blueprints, knowledge of electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles

  • Handle numerous complex details of the job, and handle distractions. Mathematical skills to perform in process calculations

  • Attends and actively participates in HAZOPS, waste walk-throughs, kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality safety or environmental training initiatives as required




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., 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 …

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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.

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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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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:


2nd - Evening, 3rd - Night

Valid Driving License:

Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings:


Requisition ID:R106171