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

Durham, NC, US
Oct 08, 2019
Bio NC
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical and commercial settings for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science to treat rare and life-threatening genetic diseases starting with our clinical-stage, proprietary gene therapy candidate, AVXS-101. We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, Inc., a Novartis Company , is a clinical-stage gene therapy company, dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product candidate, AVXS-101, is our proprietary gene therapy product candidate currently in development for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, Type 1, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, and for the treatment of SMA Type 2. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has granted AVXS-101 Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of all types of SMA and Breakthrough Therapy Designation, as well as Fast Track Designation for the treatment of SMA Type 1. In addition to developing AVXS-101 to treat SMA Type 1 and Type 2, we also plan to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome (RTT) and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

AveXis is seeking a Maintenance and Reliability Mechanic who will work Night Shift within a 12 hour, 24x7 manufactruing shift schedule. The Mechanic will be responsible for corrective and preventative maintenance and support services for the building(s) and all equipment at the site. Facilities Maintenance & Engineering are directly responsible for reliable, efficient and sustained operation of the facility and all equipment. Additionally, this role supports current project operations and site goal objectives and ensures compliance with regulatory, corporate, and site requirements related to their functional area.


  • Operate, troubleshoot and repair utility systems which may include WFI, RODI, Clean Steam, Autoclaves, Glassware Washers, production vessels, HVAC, Cold/Warm Rooms, control systems, compressed gases, plant steam/condensate, and waste water treatment under little to no supervision.
  • Interpret P&IDs, equipment/system layouts, wiring diagrams, and specifications in
    planning and performing maintenance and repairs.
  • Support 24x7 site-based operations after startup.
  • Write/revise accurate operational procedures, training documents and maintenance procedures for various utility systems.
  • Supply information and technical data for securing spare parts.
  • Provide responsive customer support with emphasis on customer satisfaction.
  • Perform startup and commissioning activities as required.
  • Work in a collaborative team environment and interact with other support groups such
    as Engineering, Manufacturing, Metrology, Quality Assurance and Validation.
  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance on manufacturing process related
    equipment within a cleanroom environment.
  • Complete and provide accurate documentation, as required in cGMP operations.
  • Oversee work and provide training of less experienced maintenance technicians and/or
    new technicians.


  • High School diploma or equivalent and 7-10 years of experience performing operations and maintenance on utility systems, HVAC systems and/or manufacturing equipment.
  • Licensure in any of the following areas: Electrician, Refrigeration/Air
    Conditioning, Plumbing, or Waste Water Treatment.
  • Experience in operating and maintaining mechanical systems in a cGMP or other regulated environment.
  • Experience working in a team environment, with excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Proficient computer skill utilizing MS Office suite applications, Building Management
    Systems, and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
  • Ability to climb ladders and lift up to 50 lbs.

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.