Shift Engineer Job

Elkton, VA, US
February 17 2017
Organization Type
Shift Engineer-MAN004020


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 Merck & Co., Inc.’s manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we have Maintenance Shift Engineer positions supporting the Processing Areas available. The plant is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains, a short distance from major state universities: University of Virginia and James Madison University.

The Maintenance Shift Engineer is assigned to a manufacturing processing area and partners with the Shift Manager to ensure the processing area(s) are operating at peak efficiency.
The function of the position is to coordinate maintenance activities for personnel, equipment and facilities within the processing area. Responsibilities of the position include:

•Partner with the Shift Manager and shift team to improve equipment uptime and reliability
•Act as the Technical Observer and contributor in real time deviation investigations
•Manage, mentor and collaborate with Maintenance skilled craft persons assigned to the shift
•Maintain and evaluate Metrics to support Process and Maintenance Optimization
•Drive the execution and prioritization of Maintenance Work
•Provide mechanical support for the Shift Manager in making Product by providing reliable fixed assets and utilities


Education Minimum Requirement:

Bachelor's degree in engineering (mechanical, chemical, or similar discipline) or related scientific field (chemistry, physics, math) and a minimum of two years’ experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments – or - High School Diploma/GED and a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments.

Required Experience and Skills:

•Experience troubleshooting equipment failures and resolving utilizing mechanical tradesmen to execute the work
•Experience in safely securing mechanical system, tanks and utilities for execution of work and confined space entry.
•Experience working in a team environment and influencing others.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

•Experience interfacing with sterile manufacturing equipment and sterile/aseptic techniques
•Experience interfacing with various types of rotating equipment
•Experience interfacing with utility equipment; including chillers, heat exchangers, AHU, WFI generation, clean steam generation and cold storage
•Experience in a regulated industry; such pharmaceuticals, food, and or nuclear
•Experience in an SAP Plant Maintenance management system
•Experience working in a cGMP environment

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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Job: Manufacturing Engineering

Job Title:Spclst, Engineering

Primary Location: NA-US-VA-Elkton

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): Other (see Work Schedule)

Hazardous Materials: Yes

Company Trade Name:Merck