Manufacturing Automation Engineer

Sanford, North Carolina
Jul 30, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Why Patients Need You

Our breakthroughs would not make it to the hands of patients without our pharmaceutical manufacturing team. We rely on a team of dedicated and agile members, who understand the importance and impact of their role in Pfizer’s mission. Patients need colleagues like you who take pride in their work and always look to improve outcomes. You will help to ensure that patients and physicians have the medicines they need, when they need them.


This position is responsible for the following at the Sanford site:

  • Providing day-to day controls/automation technical support Train 3 Automation systems

  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving manufacturing operations control system issues. Contributes to the interpretation of results and the design of subsequent activities.

  • Providing controls/automation technical support and execution of projects/assignments

  • Assisting with system changes for supported systems and assisting in developing the approach to solutions.

  • At a minimum, the position should be able to execute work independently, work with various groups across the organization and be able to ensure that automated cGMP/GLP equipment, facilities and utilities perform as intended


  • Responsible for Train 3 DeltaV system compliance, including alarm reporting/trending and user account administration

  • Perform system support responsibilities for 2-3 systems and/or provides technical assistance for one or more of the following systems: BMS, FTAC (PLC), DeltaV, and/or PI

  • Support responsibilities may consist of master data maintenance, validation support, user change management, performance monitoring, periodic reviews, training, and release upgrades.

  • Modify moderately complex to highly complex control logic that requires a degree of scientific and/or manufacturing process expertise

  • Perform day-to-day routine troubleshooting activities for automated systems. Troubleshooting, operator assistance, data reporting, investigations, etc.

  • The position requires monitoring and management of multiple systems at the same time and good communication skills to keep customers, peers, and area management up to date with automation activities.

  • Clearly communicate progress and issues to peers.



  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in manufacturing, automation in Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry and BS degree in any of the following disciplines Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering / Science (or related fields)

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in manufacturing, automation in Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry and Master's degree in any of the following disciplines Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering / Science (or related fields)


  • Knowledge of one to two control systems platforms/programming with depth of understanding.

  • Broad understanding of systems architecture and operations and related components (e.g. hardware, software, network, database, S88/S95 etc.)

  • Experience with process controls equipment including BMS, PLCs, DCSs, HMIs, SCADA systems, SQL relational database systems, and Network Hubs including debugging skills as well as Modbus, OPC, Profibus, and Ethernet IP

  • Experience with writing software test plans, user requirements, and system design documents


Position requirements are typical for a manufacturing plant-based work environment with shop floor exposure in manufacturing and utilities.  There are no unusual physical or mental requirements for this position.


  • Schedule is primarily 1st shift, 8-hour shifts, but may require off-shift work on occasion.

  • The position may require working on the floor in manufacturing as at times which will require a focus on safety.

  • Aseptic gowning could be required. Will require off-shift on-call coverage as needed.


  • Last day to apply: 8/3/2021

  • Employee Referral Bonus eligible

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.