Senior Instrumentation Technician

Woburn, MA, US
Sep 16, 2020
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
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.

As part of the Amgen's Manufacturing Operations organization, our Amgen Woburn Manufacturing (AWM) site manufactures oncolytic virus based end-to-end drug substance and drug products for the global market. As such we continuously strive to be a leader in flawless execution to ensure we deliver our medicines to every patient, every time. Operational Excellence is at the core of how we do what we do with a continuous improvement mindset, and an unyielding focus on safety, quality, and compliance.

The Sr Instrument Technician provides repair and calibration services to support Utilities / Facilities assets and systems. Many of the systems are business critical to Site Operations and must be accurately maintained for compliance and assurance of supply.

  • Maintains equipment to ensure uninterrupted service to Amgen
  • Performs regular scheduled maintenance / calibration on instruments which support or monitor utility systems (ex. billing meters, purified water conductivity, CA, N2, Waste Treatment flow, boiler emissions)
  • Provides emergency / unscheduled repairs of equipment and plant systems
  • Assists with projects by collaborating with system engineers to design, specify, and commission new systems or upgrades
  • Responsible for compliance with applicable policies and procedures
  • Applies engineering experience to ensure that instrumentation and controls systems used in assigned facilities are accurately specified, installed, programmed and calibrated to perform design function
  • Performs periodic assessment of field device calibration frequencies, and addressing out of tolerance (OOT), accessing instrument performance for replacement / upgrade
  • Troubleshoots analog / digital hardware related problems on process control systems and instrumentation, including distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC's) and single loop analog controllers
  • Performs calibration procedures including training and qualifying calibration technicians
  • Effectively communicate, document, and schedule all work activities
  • Responsible for maintaining instrumentation and controls equipment in a validated environment including all GxP areas
  • Ensures that instrumentation and controls are of appropriate calibration designation and that red tagged and status coded instrumentation are addressed and repaired within allowable time constraints
  • Must succinctly communicate the status of job activities to management and applicable production support personnel
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned by Group Leader, Supervisor, or Senior Supervisor

Basic Qualifications:

Associate's degree and 4 years of Facilities experience


High school diploma / GED and 6 years of Facilities experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Associates Degree in electronics technology
  • Knowledge of validated systems, applicable engineering standards and an ability to work with facility specific software applications is crucial to the job function
  • Must manage activities to meet restrictive timelines
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills including excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work within and promote a team environment

We understand that to successfully sustain and grow as a global enterprise and deliver for patients - we must ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Our culture is what makes Amgen a special place to work. We have a powerful shared purpose around our mission - to serve patients. We respect one another, recognize contributions, and have embedded collaboration, trust, empowerment and inclusion in all that we do.

Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.