Associate Automation Engineer

at Amgen
Location Newbury Park
Date Posted January 15, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Not Specified


Global leader in the Biotechnology industry is seeking a professional Automation Engineer for employment. As a member of the Advanced Technology and Automation (ATA) Team, the successful candidate will be required to support challenging system automation and process control initiatives that require solid understanding of analytical problem solving techniques, operations, cybersecurity, lifecycle management and Operational Excellence. This position requires an understanding and desire to advance the programming, configuration, and lifecycle management of manufacturing process controls, automation and field instrumentation technologies.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and deploy process control applications utilizing Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA).
  • Support of capital projects. Responsible for the application of automation engineering principles in the design, specification, construction, startup, and validation of process equipment and systems for capital projects of varying scope and complexity.
  • Familiarity with industry standards for batch control systems, software development life cycle methodologies, 21 CFR Part 11, and GAMP.
  • Development of requirements, specifications, engineering documents, SOP and operating standards.
  • Ownership and administration of process control automation in a regulated manufacturing setting. Engage in, and execute managed process change requests per established SOP and processes.
  • Gather data and participate in technical root cause analysis, incident investigations, and troubleshooting on process control issues related to electrical, instrumentation and control systems.
  • Design and testing of newly installed and currently installed automation based process equipment. Support new product introductions or new technology introductions by performing engineering assessments, implementing automation system configuration changes and supporting engineering runs.
  • Apply standard process control methods and approaches to problem solving.
  • Support a safe working environment by complying with all pertinent environmental health/safety practice, rules and regulations

Work schedule flexibility to support 24/7 operations, including occasional after-hours engineering coverage.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree OR
  • Associates degree & 4 years of directly related experience OR
  • High school diploma / GED & 6 years of directly related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Biotech Engineering or related life science engineering.
  • Familiarity with control system architecture, particularly with the design, installation, programming and validation of automated processes.
  • Experience with the following product platforms.
    • Rockwell Automation Factory Talk & ControlLogix PLC
    • Emerson DeltaV DCS systems version 11 or above
  • Ability to create, update and read electrical design packages including URS, FS, SDS, HDS, IQ, OQ among other engineering and validation documentation.
  • Strong technical writing and communication/presentation skills are required.
  • Desire to better serve our customers by developing and implementing automation strategies for New Product Introduction and New Technology Deployment.
  • Direct experience in automation, engineering, and troubleshooting with drug product unit operations such as high speed filling machines and vision inspection systems. Experience in drug substance operations is also relevant.
  • Experience working with and/or designing databases.
  • Position requires a working knowledge of electronic batch records, PLC, and common field instrumentation technologies.
  • Working knowledge of change management procedures and engineering practices on pharmaceutical/biotech production processes, facilities, and equipment.
  • Must be independent, self-motivated, organized, able to multi-task in project environments, and skilled in communication, facilitation, and collaboration. Individual must be a team player prepared to work in and embrace a team-based culture that relies on collaboration for effective decision-making.

Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States and Puerto Rico to be vaccinated from COVID 19 as a condition of employment. In accordance with applicable law, Amgen will provide reasonable accommodations to staff members who qualify on the basis of a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Such accommodation may not pose an undue hardship to Amgen, its operations, or its staff.

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