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Specialist, Maintenance Shift Engineer

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation. 

The Maintenance Shift Engineer is assigned to a manufacturing processing area and partners with the Shift Manager to ensure the processing area(s) are operating at peak efficiency. The function of the position is to coordinate maintenance activities for personnel, equipment and facilities within the processing area.


  • Partner with the Shift Manager and shift team to improve equipment uptime and reliability

  • Act as the Technical Observer and contributor in real time deviation investigations

  • Manage, mentor and collaborate with Maintenance skilled craft persons assigned to the shift

  • Maintain and evaluate Metrics to support Process and Maintenance Optimization

  • Drive the implementation and prioritization of Maintenance Work

  • Provide mechanical support for the Shift Manager in making Product by providing reliable fixed assets and utilities

Education Requirements 

  • High School Diploma/GED and a minimum of four years in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments OR

  • Associate degree in engineering (mechanical, chemical, or similar discipline) or related scientific field (chemistry, physics, math) and a minimum of three years in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments OR

  • Bachelor degree in engineering (mechanical, chemical, or similar discipline) or related scientific field (chemistry, physics, math) and a minimum of two years in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments

Experience and Skills


  • Troubleshooting equipment failures and resolving utilizing mechanical tradesmen to execute the work

  • Safely securing mechanical system, tanks and utilities for implementation of work and confined space entry

  • Working in a Team environment and influencing others

  • Interfacing with various types of rotating equipment

  • Regulated industry; such pharmaceuticals, food, and or nuclear

  • CMMS Plant Maintenance management system

  • Principled and effective verbal, written communications and organizational strategy


  • Flexibility to complete various tasks to support the business

  • Reliability engineering, Predictive Maintenance (PdM)

  • Process Safety Management (PSM), Mechanical

  • Working with sterile manufacturing equipment and sterile/aseptic techniques | Various types of rotating equipment | Utility equipment; including chillers, heat exchangers, AHU, WFI generation, clean steam generators and cold storage units

  • Regulated industry such as pharmaceuticals, food or nuclear

  • SAP Plant Maintenance management system

  • cGMP environment 

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time. 

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

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Requisition ID:R155651

Specialist, Maintenance Shift Engineer

Elkton, VA 22827
Full Time

Published on 01/15/2022

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