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Senior Instrument Technician


Thousand Oaks, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Associates Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

Amgen Thousand Oaks is seeking a Senior Instrument Technician to report to the Maintenance Manager.  The Senior Instrumentation Technician is responsible for performing calibration, repair, installation, troubleshooting and documentation of instruments used on process control systems and building systems in production plants, utility plants and facilities suited and designed for material manufacturing. All work must be completed in a safe (in accordance to Hazard Risk Assessments (HRA) and Job Hazard Assessments (JHA) and timely manner according to planning and predefined schedules with minimal impact to production while complying with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), standard operating procedures (SOP) and Amgen policies and regulations.

Position Responsibilities:

Perform calibrations of metrology related equipment

Perform instrument calibrations for process, utility and analytical equipment and systems

Troubleshoot and repair site instrumentation and control system issues

Ensure work is completed in a safe and compliant manner in accordance with applicable procedures

Ensure that calibration and repair activities are documented in an accurate and compliant manner

Execute according to planning and predefined schedules with minimal impact to production while complying with GMP, SOP, CFR and Amgen regulations

Knowledge of pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation fundamentals, including process control loops, loop checks, loop tuning and troubleshooting computer based control systems (PLC, BMS, DCS, and various HMI)

Review and provide feedback on calibration and maintenance reports, forms, and records

Revise, and review calibration, maintenance or other related procedures

Provide regulatory and partner audit support

Interpret electrical schematics, I/O wiring and panel drawings, utility, process system/equipment, plumbing, ductwork, and HVAC P&ID's

Interact with peers and clients in manufacturing, maintenance, utility plants, analytical labs and contracted services

Perform general labor duties and may work in a variety of locations

Participate in On-Call rotations for after-hours facility and manufacturing support and work outside of established shift hours upon short notice


Basic Qualifications

Associate's degree and 4 years of instrumentation/calibration experience


High school diploma / GED and 6 years of instrumentation/calibration experience

Preferred Qualifications

Associate's degree in metrology, instrumentation, electronics, or related technical discipline

Experience performing maintenance and troubleshooting on electrical systems up to 480V

2+ years in an FDA (GMP) or similar regulated environment

Experience executing and documenting instrumentation work orders in Maximo or similar computerized maintenance management system

Strong leadership, technical writing and communication/presentation skills

Advanced understanding of process control loops, loop checks, and loop tuning of process control systems

Experience with Rosemount instrumentation, Foundation Fieldbus communications and Delta V process control system

A high mathematical understanding, excellent reading skills along with intermediate computer and typing skills

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.