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Utilities Engineer, HVAC

CSL Behring
Kankakee, IL
Start date
Jan 31, 2024

Job Details

The Utilities Engineer is responsible for oversight of design, operational and troubleshooting support in the following utility equipment systems:

Clean Utilities (Clean Steam, Purified Water, WFI and RO Systems), HVAC Systems, Plant Steam Systems, Co-Generation Units, Process Chillers, Compressed/Process Air, Ammonia Chillers and Refrigeration Process, Alcohol Distillation and Recovery Process, Process Gases, Natural Gas, Bulk Chemical Distribution, Solvent Gas Detection systems, Water, Cooling towers and Waste Treatment systems for the Kankakee facility.

Specific area of focus is HVAC and Refrigeration systems.

This individual will work closely with a cross-functional team to meet the needs of the groups they support.


1. Technical lead accountable for the operational improvement of the utility systems based upon industry trends and emerging technologies:

  • Responsible for compliance and operational improvement of equipment systems
  • Provide engineering support to address operational / compliance issues and to ensure equipment is maintained at a level required to provide high reliability maximizing useful life
  • Implement measures to improve equipment that support utility operations
  • Provide support in all matters pertaining to engineering, operations and maintenance of the equipment systems
  • Provide technical expertise and industry best practices
  • Lead troubleshooting efforts to resolve equipment and operational problems and ensure problem solving techniques are appropriately utilized
  • Prepares User Requirements Specifications (URS), Risk Assessments, Safety Assessments and participates in validation activities including review of IQ/OQ protocols, executions and summary reports.
  • Provide technical support to operations, maintenance, manufacturing, automation, quality assurance, validation, reliability engineering and project engineering.
  • Support the planning and execution of activities by working in cross-functional teams assisting in driving projects to completion to meet timeline and budget objectives
  • Manage system documentation including creation, review, updates, and approval of technical specifications, operating procedures, and system drawings.

2. Accountable for the Utility Reliability Program:

  • Execute the maintenance strategy for new and modified equipment
  • Management of CMMS data integrity and execution of Reliability Centered Maintenance Improvements
  • Develop preventative maintenance procedures for utility systems in collaboration with the Reliability Engineering department ensuring maintenance programs are implemented
  • Continuous Improvement of maintenance PM’s, BOM’s and Spare Parts
  • Review and lead utility equipment replacement as part of the life cycle improvement process and continuous improvement initiative planning.
  • Oversees reconditioning of the equipment to restore to like-new condition
  • Performs upgrades to improve safety, operational performance, and extend operational life
  • Collaborates with local and global partners to develop asset management plan that includes capital requests

3. Manage and monitor KPI’s:

  • Ensure compliance with site and global indicators
  • Measure and ensure compliant performance in Safety, Quality and Reliability
  • Demonstrate success of preventative maintenance improvements through performance reports, dashboards and metrics
  • Utilize control systems to monitor, trend and verify equipment performance and downtime

4. Ensure cGMP compliance of all utility systems to meet regulatory compliance:

  • Equipment is maintained at a level required to provide high reliability maximizing useful life
  • Review environmental monitoring and laboratory sample release test results
  • Manage deviations, investigations (CAPA’s and OOT’s) with on-time closure
  • Safely resolve process problems, improve efficiency, reduce waste, and maximize uptime production
  • Execute root cause analysis around equipment and operational events, owning change controls, investigations
  • Lead investigations as the subject matter expert providing technical expertise for all phases associated with the operation and troubleshooting of the utility systems
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of the utility drawings, flow diagrams and Standard Operational documents.
  • Perform utility inspections for qualityassurance on a periodic basis and initiate any procedures necessary to resolve problems
  • Responsible for utility inspections (GEMBA’s/audits) for qualityassurance on a periodic basis.
  • Responsible to ensure training, deviations and investigations related to utility systems have on-time closure and KPI performance metrics are met
  • Responsible for change control activities, the implementation of CAPA items, quality investigations and determine/implement long lasting corrective actions and preventative measures.

5. Required to support all scheduled utility system shutdowns, tie-ins and system startup.

6. Demonstrate continuous improvement with respect to increasing job knowledge and proficiency related to biopharmaceutical industry engineering best practices and technologies, as well as technical understanding/problem solving capability.

7. Complies with requirements from CSL Behring’s Safety Program, including Health and Safety mandates and OSHA requirements.

8. Completes any other duties/responsibilities assigned by senior management.

Additional Responsibilities and Accountabilities (HVAC):

1. Responsible for HVAC cGMP facility design and improvement projects in Cleanrooms, Labs, Refrigeration, Freezers, Environmental rooms, etc.

2. Responsible for review and approval of Building HEPA Certification Filter and Testing Air Balance reports ensuring compliance to regulatory and industry standards (ISO).

3. Technical expertise in all systems (GMP and non-GMP HVAC and ancillary systems associated within their operations), understanding their applications in pharmaceutical manufacturing, understanding pressure cascade, flow charts and process parameters.

4. Assess HVAC equipment and prepare required reports.

Additional Responsibilities and Accountabilities (Plant System):

1. Responsible for providing engineering expertise to support the design, installation, commissioning, validation and operation of the Plant Utility systems.

2. Play an essential leadership role in the operation to troubleshoot and diagnose system problems utilizing utility technicians and external resources on project and operational support activities.

3. Responsible for the Utility generation and distribution systems across the site. These systems include domestic/potable/industrial water, cooling tower water, soft water, plant steam (boilers and cogen), gas and other ancillary equipment.

4. Technical lead in engineering, with a focus on plant utility systems, industry best practices, and emerging technologies related to utility systemsrequirements.

Position Qualification Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred or B.S. degree in an Engineering related field

Position Experience Requirements:

  • 5+ years of relevant experience and a BS

  • 3+ years of relevant experience and a MS

  • Knowledgeable with respect to the chemical and biological processes in water and wastewater treatment

  • Knowledgeable with respect to the operation and maintenance of various waste treatment equipment including blowers, carbon dioxide, aerobic and anaerobic biological basins, centrifuge, polymer blending units and dissolved air floatation.

  • Must possess basic knowledge of core principles in various engineering disciplines (fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics etc.)

  • Strong knowledge of industry standards and guidelines such as ASME BPE, ISPE Baseline Guides.

  • Must have experience with mid-to-large capital projects for the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Knowledge of biopharmaceutical process operation and process control, utility and mechanical systems (pumps, valves, materials).

  • Experience with Quality Management and Change Control Systems.

  • Knowledge of computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work in collaborative and independent work situations and environments with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage contractors, while interfacing with multiple departments, working with internal customers to manage projects.

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes

  • Computer skills: MS Project and AutoCAD preferred

Our Benefits

CSL employees that work at least 30 hours per week are eligible for benefits effective day 1. We are committed to the wellbeing of our employees and their loved ones. CSL offers resources and benefits, from health care to financial protection, so you can focus on doing work that matters. Our benefits are designed to support the needs of our employees at every stage of their life. Whether you are considering starting a family, need help paying for emergency back up care or summer camp, looking for mental health resources, planning for your financial future, or supporting your favorite charity with a matching contribution, CSL has many benefits to help achieve your goals.

Please take the time to review our benefits site to see what’s available to you as a CSL employee.

About CSL Behring

CSL Behring is a global leader in developing and delivering high-quality medicines that treat people with rare and serious diseases. Our treatments offer promise for people in more than 100 countries living with conditions in the immunology, hematology, cardiovascular and metabolic, respiratory, and transplant therapeutic areas. Learn more about CSL Behring.

We want CSL to reflect the world around us

As a global organization with employees in 35+ countries, CSL embraces diversity and inclusion. Learn more about Diversity & Inclusion at CSL.

Do work that matters at CSL Behring!


As the third largest global biotechnology company with employees in more than 35 countries, CSL Behring is focused on serving patients with serious and rare diseases, including coagulation disorders, primary immune deficiencies, hereditary angioedema, respiratory disease and neurological disorders. We collaborate with patient and biomedical communities to improve access to therapies, advance scientific knowledge and support future medical research. 

CSL Behring's dynamic environment fosters innovation and attracts the best and brightest who share a commitment to helping save lives. People here are free to live their Promising FUTURES where they can fulfill their individual career aspirations and realize their potential. 

CSL Behring is committed to diversity and inclusion, both of which underpin our Values of patient focus, innovation, collaboration, integrity and superior performance. We believe that by harnessing and honoring the unique capabilities, experiences and perspectives of our people, we are better able to serve our patients.

CSL Behring operates one of the world's largest plasma collection networks, CSL Plasma. The parent company, CSL Limited, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, employs more than 27,000 people, and provides its life-saving medicines in more than 70 countries. 
For more information visit Help us deliver on our promise to save lives and protect the health of people around the world. Promising FUTURES start at CSL Behring!

Stock Symbol: CSL

Stock Exchange: Australian Securities Exchange

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