Control Technician

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: Elkton, Virginia
  • Posted: August 26, 2016
  • Reference ID: ICW000358
Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

At the Merck Manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have job opportunities as Control Technicians available at the Stonewall Plant; which is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The facility is just a short distance from major state universities: University of Virginia and James Madison University.

The Control Technician is responsible for providing instrumentation, electrical and controls support for various manufacturing areas located in aseptic, clean room, laboratory and bulk chemical environments. The control technician works within a maintenance group to perform maintenance and troubleshooting activities. Evaluates instrumentation, electrical and control performance, completes calculations, and resolves deviations. Assists in developing standard operating procedures (SOPs), hazardous energy control procedures (HECPs) and preventative maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance plans/calibration procedures, as required. Follows proper safety, environmental and quality procedures for maintaining equipment. Responsible for written documentation of activities. Actively supports an inclusion culture with significant interaction with Quality, Technical Operations, Engineering and other support groups.

Must be flexible to perform all of the following functions and other tasks as needed:

•Design, assembly, installation, adjustment, testing, cleaning, calibration, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of plant instrumentation, electrical and electronic systems such as controllers, transmitters, indicators, plant and laboratory analyzers, and weighing systems.
•Perform on-going maintenance of aseptic/clean room and bulk chemical areas
•Follow complex instructions for completion of job tasks.
•Complete written documentation of work performed.
•Flexible schedule required to support various maintenance activities
•Follow prescribed safety and environmental rules and regulations and maintain high quality standards of work.
•Compliance with current good manufacturing procedures(cGMP), safety and environmental requirements/regulations/guidelines

The employee for this position will work a 12 hour shift rotation that involves working every other weekend and working both the 6:00 am to 6:00 pm shift and the 6:00 pm to 6:00 am shift.

The successful candidate will be required to qualify in this Mechanic Craft by on-the-job performance, practical skills assessment and testing.

The starting pay for this position is $ 32.95/hour.

Education Minimum Requirement:

•High School Diploma or GED

Required Experience and Skills:

•A journeyperson's card with a minimum of 42 month apprenticeship rating as a Control Tech OR a 2-or 4 year degree in instrumentation, electrical or electronics is required.
•A minimum of four years industrial or military experience within the last six years is required.
•Practical knowledge on the operation/use of general hand and power tools, instruments and testing apparatus common to the electrical, electronic and instrumentation fields
•Ability to read P&ID's, electrical drawings, blueprints, PLC ladder logic, etc
•Must have knowledge installing, repairing and maintaining instrumentation, automation, electronic, single phase and all aspects of 3-phase electrical equipment throughout a manufacturing environment.
•Effective calibration/troubleshooting skills
•Ability to communicate both in writing and verbally and work in a highly effective team environment
•Ability to manage multiple priorities and advance several tasks in parallel
•Demonstrated mechanical aptitude

Preferred Experience and Skills:

•A current level one, two or three CCST designation from ISA.
•Experience in aseptic or GMP/regulated and bulk chemical manufacturing environment
•Ability to work with and troubleshoot computer control equipment, including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
•Experience in troubleshooting and programming VFDs(Variable Frequency Drives)
•Experience in electrical distributions systems with voltages greater than 600VAC
•Knowledge of SAP

Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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