RELIABILITY ENGINEER

Merck & Co
Published
November 8, 2018
Location
West Point, Pa
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Description

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.

As a member of the Engineering Maintenance & Utilities (EMU) Reliability Engineering Group, the primary role of the Reliability Engineer is to support the development, implementation and sustainment of a dedicated Reliability Plan to improve the process and utility asset reliability within a department, integrated process team (IPT), or end-to-end (E2E) operating unit, as appropriate.  This role will require significant skill in the areas of data analysis, selection and application of reliability tools, field execution, and close collaboration with other groups in order to achieve reliability performance targets.  Initial focus of this role will be to enhance the reliability of a continuous flow packaging facility and associated packaging lines.

Through analysis of field conditions, operating history, performance data, and equipment capabilities, combined with their knowledge of reliability tools and computerized maintenance-management system (CMMS) application, the Reliability Engineer is responsible for maintaining, communicating and executing the Reliability Plan in order to reduce equipment risk.  Successful execution of this process will require flexibility, field coordination and execution, effective communication with peers and leaders, and careful task management.

Job technical responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Being a key member of an area reliability engineering team, including interfacing with team members, identifying and prioritizing reliability risks, selecting reliability tools to address risks, and communicating status of mitigating actions
  • Field application of Reliability tools and principles to ensure that equipment operates in compliance with safety, environmental, and quality requirements
  • Ability to adapt to and understand challenges of supported area and the ability to quickly learn and apply new reliability principles
  • Define, design, develop, monitor and refine the preventive/predictive maintenance processes and precision maintenance techniques
  • Perform root cause failure analysis on equipment failures and develop strategies to prevent recurrence
  • Serve as technical liaison for capital projects to ensure reliability, maintainability and operability of installed equipment
  • Monitor the performance of equipment reliability metrics, investigate variance from targets and implement action items to improve performance
  • Provide technical input to support production area quality deviation investigations
  • Conducting spare part reviews or maintenance reviews to ensure that CMMS data is properly configured to support reliability efforts (ensuring accurate asset bill of materials and effective maintenance job plans)

Job leadership responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Significant project management, including reliability enhancement task/project accountability (e.g. scoping, planning, scheduling) with a significant level of self-direction
  • Execute reliability enhancements to meet production targets and reduce maintenance costs
  • Influencing others to adopt different points of view as appropriate

Qualifications

Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or equivalent technical major, or equivalent military training and reliability experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Two (2) years’ experience in a functional area such as Operations, Technology, Engineering, Maintenance, Military and/or previous supervisory experience
  • Two (2) years’ expertise in industrial manufacturing, maintenance, industrial engineering and/or reliability engineering
  • Very good general computer skills, including Microsoft, Word, Excel and Access
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with continuous flow processing or manufacturing, especially with packaging lines, is strongly desired
  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability professional (CMRP) or Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Certification
  • Root Cause Analysis, Failure Mode Effects Analysis
  • Computerized Management Maintenance Systems (SAP)
  • Two (2) years’ experience in supporting relevant manufacturing or processing (aseptic/sterile, bulk, solid oral dosage, packaging, utilities etc.)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of High Performing Organization tools and methodology, including Lean Six Sigma Methodology (Green Belt certification)
  • Demonstrated experience of interacting with site, divisional or regulatory audits
  • Working knowledge of cGMP for pharmaceutical and/or vaccine manufacturing

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