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Merck & Co, Inc

Utility System Engineer

Science and Research



Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

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.

Position Description:

As a member of the Plant Engineering Department, the Utility System Engineer will support the Rahway Campus as well as our Company's North America research facilities including Rahway, Boston, Cambridge, South San Francisco to execute utility and energy projects, troubleshoot existing systems and support medium and long-range utility planning.

We are seeking a self-motivated, independent engineer with strong analytical and problem-solving skills to provide engineering support for our campus facilities, master planning, and capital management process. The successful candidate will have an attention to detail, be quality and customer focused, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

The primary activities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Supports master plan development, operational and maintenance planning, design, and commissioning.

  • Routinely works with Maintenance and Utility departments on preventative and corrective maintenance.

  • Coordinates system engineering, operation, and maintenance activities with internal and external partners.

  • Coordination and execution of assigned projects. Maintains active dialogue with team members and site management of project progress.

  • Establishes operational performance measurements, monitoring, and analytical systems/tools to drive accountability and achieve high levels of performance.

  • Executes activities to support site targets and financial forecasting.

  • Provides technical expertise in the investigation of complex technical problems and develops innovative solutions using current and new technologies or approaches.

  • Maintains an awareness of new technology and continually seeks application opportunities for new installations, existing system upgrades and operation/maintenance improvements. Strives to provide a state-of-the-art facility with best-in-class service and cost.

  • Creates a knowledge management base in FM.

  • Supports Maintenance in Root Cause Analysis of Equipment and System failures.

  • Develops Scope of Work to support Contractor Bids for Repair Work.

  • Supports reliability initiatives and PSM activities.

  • Promotes standardization across sites within the NAFM portfolio, leveraging and sharing best practices.

  • Implements sustainability initiatives and cross functional collaborations to support the global vision.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 5 years in the design, operation and maintenance or engineering field demonstrated applicable technical and managerial success.

  • Understanding of computer systems, application development, and ability to troubleshoot; familiarity with site-based automation monitoring systems; interest in creating and manipulating Excel databases, Click Sense Dashboard and Programming in Microsoft based systems.

  • Ability to work in a group setting with strong organization, follow-up, and multi-tasking skills. Must be detail-oriented and exhibit excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in using the following software: PI Process Book, SAP.

  • General understanding of industrial site power, utilities, boilers and operational services.

  • Training and Experience in facility monitoring, alarm dispatching-tracking, Site Utilities Systems.

  • Medium voltage systems.

  • Control Systems understanding.

  • DI water systems, compressed air, steam and condensate systems.

  • Professional designations including Professional Engineering License, PMP, and Change Management preferred

  • Application of Lean Six Sigma Methodology, Root Cause Analysis, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, knowledge in reliability engineering (including asset life cycle management

  • OSHA 1910.269 Electric Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Course Certificate of Completion

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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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.

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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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.

Under New York City, Washington State and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$97,680.00 - $153,700.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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Requisition ID:R225012