Shire Sr Instrumentation Technician in Los Angeles, California

This position reports to Weekend Swing (D) shift. Your schedule work hours will be Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, plus a third day during the week which will be assigned by your supervisor. This shift requires working on all company designated holidays. Due to business need, you may be required to work your designated third day, in addition to the company designated holiday(s).

This position reports to Calibration to Calibrate, Maintain, troubleshoot and perform repairs on the Process Instrumentation systems. Prepare calibration reports. Understand the Advance process and control theory of a Critical or Major system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Expected to demonstrate the skills and knowledge of a Calibration Technician.

  • Responsibilities include technical understanding and Advanced troubleshooting skills of electrical/pneumatic instrumentation.

  • Strong technical knowledge Critical/Major equipment. Ability to troubleshoot and repair various level of issues identified. Analyze root cause and implement corrective action, improvement, modification as needed.

  • Provide calibrations and/or technical support to Calibration Technician.

  • Interact with and oversee Contractor/vendor work related to metrology department

  • Perform advanced troubleshooting to determine root cause for equipment malfunctions and provides recommendation for corrective action(s).

  • Understanding and Knowledge of PLC, Micro processor, and control system logic

  • Research new instrument for new technologies to replace or upgrade existing instrument without impact to production process

  • Review calibration SOPs for accuracy during routine calibration or when new instrument is introduce into the calibration database. Create or revise the SOPs as needed

  • Attend Project Planning Session, FMEA, Root Cause Analysis, brainstorming sessions, etc. as assigned by Metrology Lead or Management team.

  • Assist with validation execution or engineering commissioning as assigned by Metrology Lead or Management team.

  • Perform commissioning/decommissioning, repair/replace and trouble-shooting of system instruments on Delta-V Foundation Field Bus/Device Net applications. Perform manual cleaning of calibration equipment before entering the manufacturing areas weekly.


  • Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing.

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory and pharmaceutical production equipment including but not limited to: autoclaves, process tanks, incubators, analytical equipment, and CIP/SIP systems.

  • Knowledge of basic chemical and biological safety procedures.

  • May perform removal of hazardous waste.

  • 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 and follow detailed written instructions and have good verbal/written communication skills.

  • Must be able to navigate, conduct searches, and fill on line forms on Personal Computer for the purposes of training, performance management, and self-service applications.

  • Must have the ability to navigate electronic mail systems and intranet for communication purposes.

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

  • Must have the following personal attributes: integrity and trust, work ethic, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, pragmatism, courage and conviction.

Education and/or experience:

High school diploma or equivalent required. 8 years of Process Instrumentation and Calibration experience in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, or 5-7 years of Process Instrumentation/Calibration experience in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment with a Certified Calibration Program by American Society for Quality, or equivalent or 2-3 years of Process Instrumentation/Calibration experience in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment with a Engineering/Scientific (BS) degree.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 55 lbs.

  • In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions in the facility.

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.

  • No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.

  • Will work in a cold, wet environment

  • Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends.

  • Must be able to work overtime as required. (only for non-exempt positions)

  • May be required to work in a confined area.

  • Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions.

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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.