Instrumentation Technician

Durham, NC
Oct 06, 2018
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

Instrumentation Technician

bluebird bio is developing potentially transformative, one-time gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases. At the heart of bluebird bio's product creation efforts is its broadly applicable gene therapy platform for the development of new treatments for diseases with few or no clinical options. bluebird bio has two clinical stage product candidates in development, one for childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD) and one for beta-thalassemia major/sickle cell disease, and an early stage oncology program in partnership with Celgene Corporation.

Join bluebird bio's enthusiastic and collaborative team and contribute to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approaches. bluebird bio seeks an Instrumentation Technician for our new manufacturing facility in North Carolina's Research Triangle.

Under the supervision of the Associate Director Facilities, the Instrumentation Technician will utilize strong knowledge of precision measurement science (Metrology), mathematics, physics, and electronics to test, calibrate, troubleshoot, maintain and repair instrumentation/controls.

All duties must be performed in compliance with established company, department, and safety policies and procedures within GMP-regulated and non-GMP facilities. The incumbent will execute daily work assignments and ensure timely completion of all scheduled and unscheduled events for instrumentation systems controls, and analytical laboratory instruments. The individual in this role will collect, compile, measure, summarize, and record data obtained during scheduled calibration and/or unscheduled work requests.

About the role:

  • Perform routine calibrations of instrumentation.
  • Perform maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, design, installation, and configuration of equipment, instrumentation and control systems:
  • Identify and correct measurement errors
  • Replace instrumentation and controls as needed
  • Maintain configuration management to ensure compliance of the system
    Redline drawings, engineering documentation and other technical specifications
  • As necessary provide input and support for the design, installation, and upgrade of the instrumentation and control systems.
  • Identify "Out of Tolerance" conditions and perform corrective actions to return the device to within specification. Participate with investigating and documenting the potential impact that the "Out of Tolerance" condition may have had on the instrumentation and process.
  • Develop and/or revise calibration procedures and job plans while looking for ways to improve how calibrations and troubleshooting is performed in an attempt to make those practices more efficient.
  • Provide support and training to peers to improve their abilities and increase their technical knowledge
  • Maintain instruments, standards and tools. Perform equipment inspection prior to and upon return from vendor certification and review associated documentation.
  • Attend and actively participates in initiatives to support the business.
  • Prepares and assists technicians, managers and planner/schedulers in preparing labor/material estimates.
  • Assists supervision with the assigning, scheduling and prioritization of work order requests using maintenance management systems.
  • Makes recommendations and prepares orders for spare parts, additional stock room items, tools, etc.
  • Consults with supervision and other mechanics on problem resolution/troubleshooting.
  • Keeps supervision informed of problem issues.
  • Working knowledge of hand and power tools, must be able to identify and properly use the correct tools and NIST traceable test equipment for the task assigned including multi-meters, RTDs, temperature baths, dry blocks, pressure indicators, dew point monitors, tachometers, timers, weights, scales and dimension indicators. Working knowledge of pneumatics is also required.
  • Must have ability to read blueprints, drawings, technical manuals and based on them, performs necessary operations for the installation and/or repair of equipment. Experience with Hazardous Energy Control and line break is desirable.
  • Some heavy lifting, use of solvents, being around and/or in contact with dirt and dust, heat and cold, loud operating equipment, must wear safety shoes, glasses, fall protection, and other types of PPE required to perform work. May be required to carry a pager and /or a radio, and be subjected to immunizations. May be required to utilize material lifting equipment and man lifts.

About You:


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED).
  • Graduate of an Electronics& Instrumentation course (2 years minimum), from a recognized technical institute with subjects covering electronic and instrument control systems, and component maintenance OR Completion of a formal 5-year Instrument Technician apprentice program, including work on electronic and instrument control systems, and component maintenance OR Equivalent military training.
  • A minimum of 8 years experience as an Instrument Technician in a cGMP environment with broad spectrum of calibration and process control experience involving but not limited to Conductivity, DC and Low Frequency Electromagnetic, Flow, Level, Mechanical, Optical, pH, Pressure, Temperature, Time, Speed and Weight.
  • Experience utilizing a validated (Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS- Blue Mountain RAM)
  • Strong communication skills managing contract labor resources.
  • Instrumentation Technical Training Certificate (ISA-CCST) or equivalent preferred
  • Trained in Electrical Safety NFPA-70E (144 hours of formal instruction on electrical safety, electrical system, electronics) preferred


  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself