Associate Automation Engineer

Requisition ID: MAN005053

Our Manufacturing division┬ Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A.┬ 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┬ our Manufacturing division┬ has codified its┬ legacy for over a century.┬ Our Manufacturing division┬ success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Our Manufacturing division┬ 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.┬ 

At the┬ manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have an Associate Manufacturing Automation Engineer position available. This position provides support for the control system software and hardware for the various manufacturing areas at the site.┬  This typically involves managing several challenging projects. The Associate Manufacturing Automation Engineer will be paired with a more experienced Automation Engineer who will oversee their work as well as their development.┬ The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation of pharmaceutical product manufacturing facilities.┬  ┬ 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist with providing automation support for various manufacturing systems such as Programmable Logic Controllers , Distributed Control Systems┬  and Original Equipment Manufacturer platforms.┬ ┬ 

  • Must be willing to work closely with various site and central groups in order to ensure control systems are designed, implemented and maintained in a manner to ensure manufacturing requirements are met

  • Designing solutions to ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansions, replacements, or upgrades.

  • Using technical knowledge to assure the efficient operation of a variety of automated processing and information technology systems.┬ ┬ 

  • Developing an understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices, safety, and environmental regulations.

  • Communicates daily with operation, technical, and quality representatives within area of support through the tier process.

  • Periodically reviews automation documents, performs preventive maintenance, and revises or develops automation Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Develops and supports corrective actions associated with automation related deviations/investigations

  • Communicates periodically with immediate supervisor about the status of area of responsibility

  • On the floor trouble shooting support of manufacturing activities

  • Maintains all system life cycle documentation

  • Responsibilities will potentially include providing automation support on various shifts and remote off-hour coverage support for trouble calls.┬ 



  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Computer Systems, Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or Information technology


  • Programming Coursework


  • Exposure to automation system

Your role at┬ 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.


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to┬ staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Job: Manufacturing Automation
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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