Avid Bioservices
  • 26-Sep-2019 to 01-Jan-2020 (PST)
  • Facilities
  • CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Life, LTD, Vision Insurance and 15 days PTO per year, Plus 8 Designated Holidays, 4 Floating Holidays and 401k, ESPP and Pet Savings Program


Avid Bioservices is a dedicated contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) focused on development and cGMP manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products derived from mammalian cell culture.  We provide a comprehensive range of process development, high quality cGMP clinical and commercial manufacturing services for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries.  With 25 years of experience producing monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins in batch, fed-batch and perfusion modes, our services include cGMP clinical and commercial product manufacturing, purification, bulk packaging, stability testing and regulatory strategy, submission and support.  We also provide a variety of process development activities, including cell line development and optimization, cell culture and feed optimization, analytical methods development and product characterization.

We are dedicated to the improvement of global patient outcomes by delivering world-class services. Our expertise enables us to partner with our customers to advance their products from clinical development to commercial launch. Do you possess the skills and expertise below to improve patient lives and support patient innovative therapies? If so, apply today!

Summary/Objective:

  • Automation Technician/Sr. Automation Technician/Engineer maintains control systems for manufacturing processes and utilities in a maximum state of reliability. Identifies problems and potential issues with control systems and automated processes. Participate in plans, installs, start-up, commissioning, document upgrades/installs of PLC, DDC, DCS, SCADA based control systems for Biopharmaceutical process equipment and Plant Utilities.
  • Serve as a lead in all technical requirements for the facility equipment especially the bioreactors (100L 1000L stainless steel and disposable STR/SUB) in order to ensure that the technical operations are aligned with maximizing production effectiveness and optimizing performance to lower overall operating costs.
  • Partner with operations, quality assurance and any vendors and suppliers in order to create positive relationships to strengthen this proactive role in the facility.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following; other duties may be assigned:

  • Troubleshoot different controller software and hardware components.
  • Maintain existing control systems in reliable condition, propose improvements, and train/support manufacturing and maintenance personnel.
  • Perform predictive, preventative and corrective maintenance efforts required to ensure efficient, reliable and uninterrupted plant operations.
  • Also supports the specification, acquisition and installation of equipment especially bioreactors (100L 1000L stainless steel and disposable STR/SUB).
  • Conduct timely/competent root cause analyses. Recommend/implement innovative, efficient and effective corrective actions resulting in stable and capable processes.
  • Track and evaluate critical process data to recommend continuous process improvement.
  • Participate in equipment troubleshooting in order to correct/maintain quality production. Recommend and implement measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product.
  • Develop and maintain electrical and P&ID drawings.
  • Support validation and manufacturing projects.
  • Maintain current knowledge of regulatory and industry standards.
  • Generate thorough written reports, when required, that summarize investigations performed for out-of-specification results or out-of-procedure events.
  • Participate in regulatory and internal inspections/audits including providing written responses as applicable for area of responsibility.
  • Strict adherence to procedures and practices according to FDA regulations.
  • Strong emphasis on documentation according to FDA standards.
  • Adhere to departmental corporate safety policies.

Education and Experience

  • Associate or Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, Automation Technology or closely related technical discipline or comprehensive work experience.
  • Automation Technology Certification preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years related hands on experience maintaining automated manufacturing systems and equipment, ideally in an FDA / cGMP regulated environment.
  • Experience with DDC, DCS, PLCs, industrial networks, drives, motor controls, sensors, automation components, control instrumentation, proportional valves, servo controls, SCADA, HMI troubleshooting is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Wonderware, RSView, panel builder, RS logix 500, Delta system, DeltaV and Rees scientific strongly preferred.
  • Familiar with Air Handler HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning) systems.
  • Proven ability to independently learn and troubleshoot systems and devices from manuals, P&IDs, Electrical and Electronic schematics, catalogs and equipment cut-sheets.
  • Proven ability in the use of measurement and test equipment including volt, current, impedance, rpm, conductivity, as well as signal analyzer, network tester, mA source, etc.
  • Familiar with common codes and standards including NEC, IEEE, UL, NEMA, and OSHA.
  • Familiar with electrical circuits including 3 phase 480Vac, 120Vac, and 24Vdc power distribution.
  • Good Technical writing skills.
  • Must have strong attention to detail.

Work Schedule and Hours

This role is a full-time position. Days of work are Monday through Friday, unless otherwise stated by Supervisor. The employee must also have the ability to be on-call on a rotation schedule and travel less than 5% of the time.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Avid Bioservices does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability or because he or she is a protected veteran.

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