Merck SPO Technician Level 1 (2nd & 3rd shift) in West Point, Pennsylvania

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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

Currently, we have various openings for Sterile & Packaging Operations Technician Level 1 for the our organization's Manufacturing Division at our West Point, PA site. Under the direction of a supervisor, performs a wide variety of tasks and operations in GMP, aseptic and controlled environments that are required to support and execute production. This includes formulating

bulk product and culture media, performing cleaning and sterilization of equipment, setting-up and operating filling equipment, staging and loading components and bulks, setting-up and operating inspection equipment, setting-up and operating the nitrogen tunnels for freezing, completing lyo cabinet operations, staging and loading packaging components, setting-up and operating packaging equipment, and completing associated batch record and logbook documentation. Operates and maintains assigned equipment in SPO by performing mechanic, electronic, electrical, and pneumativ/hydraulic troubleshooting and repairs. Comples preventative maintenance and repairs as assigned for the equipment and facilities within Sterile and Packing Operations. Performs cleaning and housekeeping requirements as assigned in the areas. Performs all duties of other classifications in Sterile and Packaging Operations as assigned by supervision.

Performs in a leadership role to coordinate and execute line/equipment set-up, start-up, and on-going operations on a daily basis. Provides real-time status of the operation of a line or individual piece of equipment and guides the activities of other classifications assigned to a specific operation or production activity to ensure effective operation of the equipment and

completion of scheduled activities. Responsible for completing documentation as assigned by supervision to monitor the performance of equipment and line operations; and participates in team meetings to focus on increased performance and safety of the equipment in each operating area.

All operations will be carried out in compliance with cGMP's, specific Manufacturing Process Descriptions, and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure that the quality of our products and services is of the highest level.


  • All equipment used for cleaning, upkeep, maintenance and repair of production equipment and facilities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Equipment for formulation of bulk products including analytical equipment, washing, component preparation, nitrogen/lye freezing, filling operations, sealing and inspection operations, material handling and packaging operations including

  • mechanical movement equipment (conveyors, etc.).

  • PPE and safety equipment for processing of PBECL Level 3 and 4 compounds.

  • Personal computers, network terminals, and computer interfaces.

All equipment and tools used in SPO including shop power tools and a volt-ohm-multimeter.


  • Runs equipment for various size containers, stoppers, caps, and other packaging components as required. Makes minor adjustments to equipment to clear jams as necessary and communicates issues or problems to technicians or supervisors.

  • Completes all required log sheets, batch records (including, but not limited to 2nd person reviews, sampling and accountability calculations), training rosters and other documentation as required, with adherence to Right First Time (RFT) accountability.

  • Interfaces with departmental computer systems/databases (i.e., PCL entries, start/end batches, etc.) and timely accurate SAP transactions as necessary.

  • Perform in-process testing/monitoring via paper or electrical systems (dose/seal checks, leak checks, broken glass checks, standards/challenges, reconstitution, control boards/charts, etc.).

  • Sets up and operates steam and dry heat sterilizers including computer interface operations.

  • Assembles equipment and performs washing and cleaning of components and equipment.

  • Coordinates activities required to manage inventory of supplies, components, and equipment to meet production schedules.

  • Ensures materials are organized, stored, segregated, and staged for production operations.

  • Sets up, operates, and troubleshoots packing equipment including making minor repairs as necessary.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • High School Diploma/GED or higher AND

Successful completion of an associates degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.)


An equivalent associate degree program or vocational certificate in lieu of the degree program


Equivalent military course work.

Equivalent programs will require training in courses such as:

  • Mechanic pumps, belts, and chain drives

  • Lubrication and installation of bearings

  • Industrial electrical 1 & 2

  • Industrial pneumatics, hydraulics

  • Precision machine shop 1A/1B

Equivalent experience as determined by management.

Preferred Education Requirement:

  • Two year Associates Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Electrical or Electronic Technology.

  • Certified Instrument Tech

  • Courses in any trades, especially mechanic, electrical, or electronic.

  • Courses in writing and verbal skills.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • A minimum of 2 year experience as a technician in a manufacturing, military, or industrial facility is required. This experience will include the set-up, changeover, assembly, disassembly, repair, operation and modifications or preventative maintenance of complex mechanic equipment.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in aseptic bulk product formulation, aseptic processing which involved making sterile connections, clean rooms, gowning or manufacturing of products in cGMP facilities using process descriptions, sample measurement, and in-process additions.

  • Experience in other highly regulated industries is also desirable.

  • Experience in instrumentation, detection and control devices, solid state electronics, computer mathematics, digital and analog logic and robotics.

  • Ability to instruct and train other employees, mechanical aptitude, ability to read blueprints, knowledge of electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles.

  • Ability to handle numerous complex details of the job, and handle distractions. Mathematical skills to perform in process calculations.

  • Attends and actively participates in HAZOPS, waste walk-throughs, kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality safety or environmental training initiatives as required.

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.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Title: SPO Technician Level 1 (2nd & 3rd shift)

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: USW002032