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Sr. Automation Engineer - Vaccine

Swiftwater, Pennsylvania



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This position will be responsible to provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) level support of all automated process control systems used in licensed manufacturing (including dedicated clean utilities) of the building that the Automation Site Support Manager has been assigned to.  The position will be the Automation Site Support interface with Operations personnel, QA Compliance, Information Systems, Engineering, Maintenance and the site wide Automation Support technicians. 

The Automation Site Support Manager must exhibit strong customer communication skills and have in-depth technical knowledge of process control systems and equipment used in biotech/ pharmaceutical manufacturing and utility systems. This position will support the highly complex automated systems installed in the new and existing manufacturing facilities, security and its support systems.

Expected results from this position would include hands-on support of automated system in manufacturing, troubleshooting of automated process equipment and process systems, coordination of contractors, execution of site change controls, aiding in the investigation of process deviations and providing expertise for process evaluation and product improvements for better quality and yields. The position will provide improved response time to failures in manufacturing and implement site automation standard procedures and Global Engineering Practices.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Troubleshoot, modify or upgrade standard and special purpose process control system programming and equipment.

  • Work with Operations group to develop, implement and document site change controls.

  • Work with Operations group to develop project plans for process, product quality and yield improvements.

  • Develop and manage schedule of contract automation support personnel (if applicable).

  • Develop automation knowledge base database & cross-training program.

  • Customer training and general education.

  • Maintain automation system documentation.


Significant aspects: The normal operations of this position requires the understanding of the technical and non-technical processes of varying automated systems installed at Sanofi Pasteur.  Automation Site Support personnel must adhere to regulatory requirements, high product quality standards and ensure minimized downtime.  This group will conduct hands-on maintenance and support of automated systems.  This position can provide representation to project teams requiring automation expertise, technical review, vendor coordination, site integration and implementation of long term support plan.


One main obstacle is to develop an implementation plan to support many different systems including new buildings & existing facilities.  Another major challenge is to get integrated into any site automation projects to ensure a smooth transition from project work to support during routine production, while still providing support for existing facilities.


  • This position is one of the key component to address the automation support requirements of manufacturing, process & product development, data acquisition, system site integration, automation standards, reports, user data access and automation technology management. 

  • Position scope regarding purchasing & budgetary requirements is very limited.

  • Coordination and alignment with other global automation processes and activities is very important.  This will help ensure to implement a global open platform for seamless integration of automation and data systems and common standards & practices.  This can be developed as the corporate processes are more defined and implemented.

  • This position will be responsible for hands-on troubleshooting and maintenance of the automation systems in manufacturing and facility systems, provide technical consultation to engineering, validation and system owners, develop and implement automation related site change controls and aid in the investigation of process related deviations.

  • Travel will be limited to technical offsite training and occasional automation system user conferences.


  • B.S. in electrical, mechanical, chemical and/or other applicable engineering field required.

  • A minimum of 10 years in automation and electro-mechanical engineering background and experience.

  • OR 15 yrs minimumin automation and electro-mechanical engineering background and experience in lieu of a degree.

  • Must have proven experience with the following automation service activities including:

    • Understand Piping/Process & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID)

    • Read, troubleshoot and repair hard-wired control systems using schematic and wiring diagrams

    • Capable of troubleshooting, online and offline programming and configuring PLC ladder logic and HMI/ SCADA database and screens

    • Capable of troubleshooting and configuring automation network systems

    • Knowledgeable of field instrumentation including transmitters, actuators and vision systems

    • Knowledgeable of IT/IS systems and equipment, NEC classifications and NEMA ratings

  • Must have proven experience in hands-on programming and configuration of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), and Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) such as the following manufacturers hardware and software products:


  • Rockwell: PLCs, Panelview OITs

  • Emerson: DeltaV

  • Network protocols including Ethernet TCP/IP, OPC

  • Sartocheck and Milipore Filter Integrity Testers


  • Emerson Intellution: iFix

  • Invensys: Intouch Wonderware SCADA, inBatch

  • Emerson: DeltaV

  • Rockwell: RSLogix, RSLinx, RSView

  • Familiar with local and federal code requirements such as FDA CFR, NFPA/ NEC, OSHA, DEP, EPA and industry standards & guidelines including ISA, ISPE, GAMP5

  • Familiar with process and utility equipment such as fermentation, purification, clean steam generators, Water For Injection (WFI), Clean/ Sterilize In Place systems (CIP/ SIP) systems, Building HVAC controls, and water/wastewater treatment systems

  • Must be able to provide occasional and weekend coverage (less than 10%)

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