Sr. Technician, Instrumentation

Novato, California
May 16, 2018
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time

BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin's Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin's cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients' lives.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION This position is a swing shift position of rotating 4-10's (shown below). This position is responsible for performing instrumentation activities including troubleshooting, calibration, installation, and repair in a cGMP regulated environment. This position will provide calibration/troubleshooting support necessary to ensure that the equipment and instruments used by the Facilities, Quality Control, and Manufacturing Departments are in a current state of calibration and working condition with an emphasis on minimizing down time for the customer. This position will be on a swing shift schedule, including possible weekend, overtime, and on-call work. A differential is paid for swing and graveyard shifts.

Emp / Week









H / Week 1 - A10 A10 A10 A10 - - 40

I / Week 2 - A10 A10 A10 - - A10 40

J / Week 3 A10 A10 - - - A10 A10 40

K / Week 4 A10 - - A10 A10 A10 - 40

L / Week 5 - - A10 A10 A10 A10 - 40


Work on assignments that are complicated in nature.

Perform complex troubleshooting on instrumentation loops (i.e., various transmitters, PLC cards, sensing elements, and HMIs).

Perform calibrations of various types of industrial processing control instrumentation including but not limited to: UV, DO2, pH, conductivity, pressure, flow, and temperature.

Install and repair temperature, pressure, conductivity, flow, and process gas instrumentation.

Write and review Calibration SOP's for individual instrument calibrations to ensure accuracy and compliance.

Initiate Out of Tolerance Reports and Calibration Deviation/QE's.

Assist in Reverse Trace or calibration related deviation investigations.

Operate various types of manufacturing equipment according to procedure.

Review and approve instrument calibration records generated by contractors and by peers within the department.

Support Validation in executing OQ tests during the start up of new equipment.

Perform shipping and return of Metrology standards and other instruments to off-site calibration vendors

Active member of BioMarin's Emergency Response Team (BERT).

Other duties as requested by metrology management.

EDUCATION Completion of a 2 year technical program (instrumentation or industrial electronics) or an associate's degree in a related science or engineering major. Extensive OTJ experience in calibration/instrumentation position may be considered. Experience with PC programs such as Word, Excel, CMMS, or other database preferred. Familiarity with HART protocol, DMMs (FLUKE 744/754) a plus. Familiarity with ladder logic a plus.

EXPERIENCE Biotech or pharmaceutical: minimum 2 years. Instrumentation or Calibration: minimum 5 years. Electro-mechanical background a plus