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Merck & Co, Inc

Utility Technician, Stationary Engineer ( MERCUSR145090ENUS)

Science and Research




West Point, Pennsylvania, 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.

Under the supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor and direction of the maintenance team leader, operates, monitors, maintains, and responds to alarms of building utility systems including: water chillers, cooling towers, condenser water, high purity water treatment (softeners, de-ionizing and reverse osmosis units and stills), clean steam, building steam and condensate, compressed air and vacuum systems | Maintains logs, necessary paperwork, and completes documentation in a cGMP compliant fashion. The Staionary Engineers documents work activities completely through work orders and daily labor record and will conduct maintenance on any equipment or facility which their skills support in a compliant quality manner. Based on business needs, will conduct maintenance activities including crossing between job groupings where skills are common, work assignments, buildings and equipment are not exclusive to any craft, job grouping, or employee. This role may include some responsibility for maintaining significant business systems (e.g. Maximo data, planning, procurement, and scheduling) including the authority to assign, coordinate, and maintain work for others.


  • Maintains proper pressures and temperature in operation of heating and cooling equipment, including chillers, cooling towers, perimeter heat, reheat, etc. systems to meet variable load conditions | Maintains appropriate oil, glycol and cooling water parameters as required by utility systems | Chemically cleans heat exchangers and circulating systems, adhering to department safety requirements

  • Operates distilled water, deionized water, reverse osmosis, water softener, water pretreatment, and reheat systems

  • Troubleshoots and routinely maintains, regenerates, acid cleans, adds or changes resin, and disinfects these systems as necessary | Monitors capacity, adequacy of utility services, and quality to insure proper operation of this equipment

  • Adheres to cGMP requirements applicable to these systems

  • Maintains operation of high purity water systems to provide pressure, quantity, and quality in accordance with production and cGMP requirements

  • Insures proper operation of gauges/instrumentation (temperature, flow, conductivity, resistivity, pH, pressure, etc.) and changes recorder charts as necessary

  • Conducts daily tours of utility equipment and reports problems concerning instrumentation and control | Maintains records of operating details, including daily shift reports and logs, to provide shift-to-shift communications between both supervisory and stationary engineer personnel | Works with supervisory, engineering, and customer personnel to assure proper operation, maintenance and repair of utility equipment

  • Prepares utility equipment and systems for modifications and/or tie-ins performing necessary shutdowns and isolation of valves following safe hazardous energy control procedures | Returns systems to normal operation

  • Conducts routine testing of water systems, cooling tower water, closed loop cooling and heating systems | Maintains necessary chemical treatment at specified parameters, e.g. level, pH, conductivity, etc.

  • Necessary operation and maintenance checks to insure that building utility related systems are operating as efficiently (energy consumption, water use, etc.) as possible, with minimum losses and optimum applied capacity

  • Maintains utility equipment in good operating condition as it applies to oily, packing, cleaning, adjustments, and safety conditions

  • Preventive and corrective maintenance and emergency repairs as required by the equipment and systems for which responsible to provide continued utility system operation

  • Insures the proper housekeeping conditions are maintained in mechanical rooms via proper storage of equipment and supplies

  • Operates two-way radio communications for normal, alarm, and emergency dispatch in a professional manner | Responds to WPMS alarms as required in a timely and professional manner

  • Operates computer workstations for monitoring and operational status of equipment and systems where applicable

  • Provides guidance to General Workers and Maintenance personnel when working jointly on assignments

  • Initiates all duties necessary to insure that the quality and quantity of service is maintained via proper operating conditions throughout the Building Utility area

  • Completes department training requirements, e.g., orientation, SOP, safety, etc. as direct by supervision

  • Attends and actively participates in HAZOPS, waste walkthroughs, Kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality, safety or environmental training/initiative

  • Prepares and assists technicians, supervisors and planners in preparing labor and material estimates

  • Assists supervising with the assigning, scheduling and prioritization of work order requests using maintenance management system

  • Makes recommendations and prepares orders for spare parts, additional stock room items, tools, etc.

  • Consults with Supervision and other mechanics on problem resolution/troubleshooting | Keeps Supervision informed of problem issues


  • Compressors, pumps, electric generators, package boilers, distilled water stills, water cooling towers, deionized water units, reverse osmosis units, water softeners, clean steam generators, condensate, equipment, vacuum pumps, heating equipment, water chillers, chemical treatment and testing equipment, computer-aided control/management systems catalytic oxidizers, and all other equipment necessary for the operation of building utility systems

Education Requirements


High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) and graduation from a recognized/accredited trade school with at least six months full-time emphasis (5 hours/day x 3 days/week) in industrial power plant and refrigeration equipment operations or Navy Boiler Technician and Machinist Mate, State Stationary Engineer Seal, and Merchant Marine QMED or Engineer programs/licenses meet this requirement


Courses in high purity water, cooling towers, water treatment, reverse osmosis, steam utilization

Experience and Skills


  • Three years recent (within last 10 years) full-time experience (6,000 hours) operating industrial power plant equipment and controls (must include: chillers, cooling towers, air compressors, and water treatment equipment) or Held the position of Stationary Engineer at our companywithin the last seven years

  • Basic understanding of chemical and water treatment and computer use

  • Analyze equipment and take appropriate corrective measures

  • Read blueprints, control drawings, P&IDs, etc.

  • Familiarization with valve, mechanical equipment, maintenance, and instrumentation and control procedures


  • Recent operating centrifugal chillers (electrical and turbine driven) greater than 600 tons, air compressors and desiccant air dryers greater than 250 cfm, and high purity (WFI and USP grade) water system equipment including reverse osmosis, deionization, vapor compression and multi-effect distillation units

  • Operational experience in the emergency/building electrical generators and hands-on experience with hazardous energy control (lockout/Tagout) procedures

Special Job Requirements

  • Heavy lifting, use and handling of solvents, acid and bases and heaty transfer media, work in hot and cold and dust and dirt environments, subject to immunization, safety shoes and glasses, subject to emergency call-in, working in confined spaces and at heights, possible work in areas of potentially infectious agents, and available at all times during work shift to answer emergencies

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals 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 …

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.

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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

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Requisition ID:R145090