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Lyophilization Technician (2nd Shift)

Req # JR - 033391 Location Bloomington, Indiana Job Category Assembly Jobs Date posted 01/21/2021

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The Lyophilization Technician is primarily responsible for the preparation of lyophilizers, execution / use of the automated loading and unloading system, and appropriate control and monitoring of the lyophilization cycle. Secondary responsibilities include cross-training in other Manufacturing departments on other production-related equipment and processes.  This position reports to a Manager, Manufacturing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (these are primary responsibilities of the role and the incumbent will perform other duties as assigned)

  • Monitors each lyophilizer during operation via appropriate checks and documentation.
  • Performs all aspects of lyophilization preparation such as Clean in Place (CIP), Steam in Place (SIP), and leak tests.
  • Troubleshoots or repairs mechanical failures / faults with the lyophilization systems.
  • Coordinates with the Maintenance, Engineering, Chemistry, Quality, R&D, Technical Services, and outside vendors to implement new client cycles / cycle updates, mechanical readiness of the lyophilizers, and troubleshooting of the lyophilization systems.
  • Trains other departments on lyophilization related activities.
  • Proactively evaluates system functionality to identify and prevent possible system issues that may result in equipment downtime.
  • Identifies system malfunctions that require follow up and appropriate communication across shifts and departments to ensure proper equipment readiness.
  • Assists with process/equipment validation.
  • Ability to cross-train in other Manufacturing or Maintenance areas and train others on production-related equipment.
  • Perform Preventative Maintenance on all Lyophilizer equipment including LUAT and TCAR systems.
  • Participate & support lyophilization Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) team

Job Requirements (Education, Experience and Qualifications)

  • High school diploma or GED required with a minimum 6 years of related manufacturing experience or
  • Associates degree, preferably in a Science or Maintenance/Engineering field, with a minimum of 4 years related manufacturing experience.
  • Knowledge of PLCs preferred
  • Experience with refrigeration, compressors, condensers, HVAC preferred
  • Ability to complete lyophilization and refrigeration training program
  • Experience in a related technical field or discipline.  Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot technical equipment issues/failures
  • Ability to read and follow engineering prints and drawings preferred
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and the ability to use enterprise software (examples include:  JDE, BPLM, Pilgrim, Trackwise, etc.)

Physical / Safety Requirements

  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to push/pull heavy wheeled objects (ie: tanks, carts, pallet jacks, etc.)
  • Must be able to perform overhead work (ie: sanitizing walls and ceilings)
  • Physical coordination/flexibility to allow gowning and routine operations in clean room environments
  • Utilize applicable personal protective equipment, including safety shoes/toe caps, gloves, eye protection, heat resistant wear, respirator, and hearing protection
  • Dexterity and physical condition to perform some level of repetitive motion tasks
  • Eyesight to ensure effective inspection of equipment and/or filled units (corrective lenses acceptable)
  • Duties may require overtime work, including off-shifts and weekends
  • Use of hands and fingers to manipulate office equipment is required
  • Must be able to gown qualify for Grade A/B areas.


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