Shire Instrumentation Technician II in Lawrence Manufacturing Facility, California

Under direct to minimal supervision, the instrument technician is responsible to maintain, calibration, troubleshoot and perform repairs on the Process Instrumentation systems. Prepare calibration reports. Understand the basic process and control theory of a Critical or Major systems. Additionally, they will responsible for performing basic installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, testing, and documentation/logs of a wide variety of office utility and facility equipment used in manufacturing, utility plants, analytical labs, and office areas. The technician will be responsible for completing various quality system and safety documentation. All work must be completed in a safe (in accordance to HRA, JHA, etc), timely manner according to planning and predefined schedules with minimal impact to production while complying with GMP, SOP, CFR and company regulations.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Under general supervision, perform calibrations on Temperature, Pressure, Conductivity , UV, Balances, Scales, Vacuum, pH, CL2, ORP, Timers, RPM, Liquid/Gas Flow, and Gas detector instrumentation ect….

  • performs breakdown and preventive maintenance of critical plant/utility equipment and instruments.

  • Has technical understanding and troubleshooting skills of electrical and pneumatic instrumentation.

  • Support and may be responsible for repairing manufacturing equipment and building components; doors, wetted fire system, lighting, mechanical and electrical equipment as assigned.

  • Will provide basic troubleshooting, diagnostic, and repair of equipment and equipment components related to positional responsibilities

  • Perform installation and modifications, or work together with Engineering, Maintenance, Process Control, or outside contractors on new installations and modifications.

  • Understand and perform calibrations on Temperature, Pressure, Conductivity , UV, Balances, Scales, Vacuum, pH, CL2, ORP, Timers, RPM, Liquid/Gas Flow, and Gas detector instrumentation ect….

  • Operate, Maintain, and repair of calibration test equipment.

  • Must follow safety rules and ensure compliance with CA state and federal EPA regulation and laws. Specific responsible system repairs, upkeep, maintenance and operations managed within regulating agencies such as CAL OSHA and OSHA.

  • Understand Automated Control systems and control system instrumentation concepts, and the relationship between each other.

  • Initiate corrective action to ensure potentially hazard situations are avoided and safety standards are maintained relative to production or facilities.

  • Prepare and maintain accurate records and reports per Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Is responsible for performing instrumentation calibrations under the Metrology program.

  • Ability to read and interpret Loop, P&ID, Wire, and Electrical drawings.

  • Ability to spec out like for like or like for function instrumentation, to meet manufacturing process requirements.

  • Verify Out of Tolerance Conditions

  • Assist with the review of the System Specification and Piping Identification Drawing verifications

  • Successfully interface with customers, as necessary

  • Ensure proper execution, resource allocation and complete, accurate and timely documentation of work

  • May perform other duties as assigned.     


  • Must be able to work independently and make sound judgments regarding work methods and tools.

  • Must be able to read wiring diagrams, loop drawings and P&ID drawings

  • Must have the ability to correctly complete high school-level mathematics.

  • Incumbent must be proficient in a variety of mathematical disciplines and be able to work with both the metric and USA standards of measurement.

  • Must be able to read, write, and converse in English.

  • Must be able to read and follow detailed written instructions and have good verbal/written communication skills.

  • Good computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Good interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment.

  • Passion for Improving Lives. Must be able to put our patients at the center of everything we do.

  • Quest for Innovation. Must be able to operate with agility and a learning mindset so that we can accelerate breakthrough innovations.

  • Inspired Teams environment. Must be able to thrive in diverse high performing teams.

  • Engaged with the World Around Us. Must be able to embrace change and seek diverse perspectives and partnerships to benefit patients and make a positive impact on the world.

Education and/or Experience

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Skilled craft training/apprenticeship certificate or commensurate combination of technical education and experience.

  • 2-5 years in Process Instrumentation/Calibration/maintenance (May include education). Experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing environment or equivalent industry desired.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 year technical/AA/AS degree in metrology, instrumentation, electronics, or related technical discipline.

Working Environment

  • Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. Additionally, personal protective equipment must be worn due to safety requirements.

  • The incumbent must work in a clean room environment wearing special garments.

  • Will work in a cold, wet environment and hot humid environments both inside and outside of facility.

  • Will work around chemicals such as paint, flooring materials, refrigerants, alcohol, acids, buffers that may require respiratory protection.

  • Must be able to work 8-12 hour day or night shifts and overtime, weekend work, and or holidays

Physical Demand

The overall physical exertion of this position requires medium to heavy work. Times are continuous and may occur multiple times per day.

  • The overall physical exertion of this position is medium work.

  • May be required to lift up to 50 pounds when calibrating scales, and replacing pumps on Autoclaves.

  • May be required to (rarely) push up to 450 pounds when calibrating scales.

  • May be required to (rarely) up to 450 pounds when calibrating scales.

  • May be required to sit between 1-2 hours.

  • May be required to walk between 3-4 hours.

  • May be required to stand over 4 hours.

  • May be required to bend at the neck up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to bend at the waist up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to squat up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to climb up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to reach above/below the shoulder up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to kneel up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to twist at the neck/waist up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to lift up to 75lbs. Lifts per shift are up to 2 to 20 times.

  • May be required to carry up to 50lbs. Carry distance of between 10 to 200ft.

  • Requires repetitive use of both right and left hands and arms up to 1 hour.

  • May require simple grasping with hands/arms between 3-4 hours.

  • May require power grasping with hands/arms between 1-2 hours.

  • May require fine manipulation with hands/arms up to 1 hour.

  • May require pushing/pulling with hands/arms between 1-2 hours.

  • May require office work activities with hands/arms between 1-2 hours.

  • May be required to gown frequently and balance when gowning into clean areas.

  • May be exposed to noise above 85 dBA. This may require hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.

  • May be required to walk on uneven ground.

  • May require operation of foot controls or repetitive foot movement.

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Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.