Maintenance and Reliability Technician II (Utilities Operator, GMP) - Gene Therapy - Multiple Openin

Durham, NC, US
Sep 22, 2019
Bio NC
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science, starting with our proprietary gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, a Novartis company, is dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product is a proprietary gene therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of pediatric patients with SMA. In addition to developing a treatment for SMA, AveXis also plans to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

AveXis is seeking a Maintenance and Reliability Technician to perform all maintenance functions on production and facilities equipment for our Manufacturing facility. Responsibilities include routine inspection and repair or replacement of defective or faulty parts on machines and related equipment. All work to be performed ensuring good workmanship with minimum delay.


  • Support the safe and effective operation of the plant and the facility.
  • Perform preventive and predictive maintenance on production equipment and utility systems.
  • Scope, plan, and execute repairs to and installation of plant machinery.
  • Coordinate with site departments daily appropriate course of action to maximize uptime and quality performance of respective area.
  • Operate machinery for purposes of training, troubleshooting, or as needed to support production activities.
  • Initiate and participate in documented troubleshooting studies on equipment to outline opportunities for improvements.
  • Document clear problem description, symptom, root cause and solution.
  • Proven reasoning, troubleshooting and analytical thinking skills.
  • Use shop equipment to repair or modify parts and equipment.
  • Knowledge of, perform preventive maintenance, troubleshoot, and repair:

AC and DC Motors & Drives Breakers and Fuses

Pressure and Flow Controls Pressure Transducers/Switches

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Cylinders

Filtration Systems Dampers

Valves Pumps

Drive Systems Piping Systems

Pumps Fans

Compressors Fire Protection Systems


  • Proficient in using personal computers and a working knowledge of software such as MS Excel and Word.
  • Ability to analyze, investigate and help solve equipment technical issues.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Must be flexible to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required.
  • Ability to work with very minimum supervision.
  • Must be proactive.
  • Must have a good attitude regarding safety and lock out procedures.
  • Technical school education in the areas of Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology or 6+ years equivalent education/experience.
  • Proven experience in machine maintenance and troubleshooting skills.
  • Good understanding of GMPs with experience in pharmaceutical environment.
  • Read and understand mechanical and assembly drawings, hydraulic/pneumatic, and electrical schematics.
  • Read and understand P&ID (Piping & Instrumentation Diagram).
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.