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Merck & Co, Inc

Automation Engineer ( MERCUSR185972ENUS)


Applications Engineer



Durham, North Carolina, 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.

Job Description:

The Manufacturing Automation Specialist is a member of the Focus Factory Automation team responsible for the administration and management of process (shop floor) control, environmental monitoring and building management systems at our company’s Teknika facility in Durham, North Carolina. They actively participate in an empowered team culture in support of Manufacturing Operations, including significant interaction with Manufacturing, Quality and Engineering teams. They support a wide spectrum of automation and benchtop systems within Manufacturing Operations, providing opportunities to learn different technologies/platforms and make a positive impact.

Primary Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • General system administration including security & user account management, backup & archival, system patching, and periodic review / performance monitoring

  • On-floor support (as needed) for manufacturing activities

  • Change management – serve as change owner for automaton change requests

  • Configuration management – ensure system documentation (e.g., RS, DS) and system inventory are maintained

  • Incident and Problem management - leads investigations of automation incidents and problems to prevent recurrence including the development and implementation of corrective actions

  • Life Cycle management – support system replacement and upgrade projects

  • Collaborate within the Operations, Quality and Technical organizations to resolve complex problems

  • Support internal and regulatory audits as the Automation subject matter expert

  • Serve as liaison with Divisional and local IT groups

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • B.S. (or greater) preferably in Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Technology (IT)

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 2 yrs. in Process Automation

  • Experience troubleshooting or programming Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and HMI/SCADA systems

  • Experience with Computer System Validation / System Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) methodology (e.g., GAMP 5)

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Allen-Bradley PLC and HMI programming experience

  • Siemens Building Management system (Insight/Desigo CC) experience

  • Understanding of Data Integrity principles in a regulated environment

  • Structured Problem-Solving skills

  • Familiar with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations

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., 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.


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.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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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:R185972