Shire Sr. Utilities Technician in Thousand Oaks, California

  • Under minimal to not supervision, performs breakdown and preventive maintenance of critical utility plant equipment on a regular basis to include, but not limited to WFI generators, RO systems, pure gas systems (O2, N2, CO2, AIR), HVAC, chillers, cooling towers boilers, waste systems. Provides secondary support to the operation and maintenance of manufacturing and production equipment, pumps, industrial control systems as responsibility assigned to Facilities Manufacturing Maintenance in both cGMP and non-cGMP areas.

  • May generate and complete critical systems change control.

  • Must be familiar with plant and divisional SOPs as related to positional and department responsibilities.

  • Will provide troubleshooting, diagnostic, and repair of equipment and equipment components related to positional responsibilities which includes but not limited to: pumps, piping, and plumbing components, vacuum pumps, sanitary piping, blowers, and facility equipment.

  • Requires familiarity with generally accepted building, plumbing, piping, electrical, and fire protection practices and codes to include NFPA, NEC, UBC, UMC and UPC in compliance with Company EH&S and Factory Mutual requirements.

  • Must follow safety rules and ensure compliance with CA state and federal EPA regulation and laws. Specific responsible system repairs, upkeep, maintenance and operations managed within regulating agencies such as CAL OSHA and OSHA.

  • Ensures personal Training Plan execution and compliance. Attends required training, meetings, and QWTs. Interact with and oversee contractor/vendor work

  • Reviews and technically approves maintenance reports, forms, and records.

  • Develops, revises, and reviews equipment, maintenance or other related procedures.

  • Provide training for staff, clients and projects.

  • Provide regulatory and partner audit support.

  • Interpret and revises electrical schematics, I/O wiring and panel drawings, Utility, process system/equipment, plumbing, ductwork, and HVAC P&ID's.

  • Must constructively interact with peers and clients in manufacturing, maintenance, utility plants, analytical labs and contracted services.

  • May perform general labor duties as needed and may be required to work in awkward locations.

  • Will participate in On-Call rotations for after-hours facility and manufacturing support and may work outside of established shift hours upon short notice.

  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Basic level of knowledge of cGMP manufacturing.

  • Knowledge of basic industry safety procedures related to job description.

  • Good interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment. Good customer service skills.

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory and pharmaceutical production equipment including but not limited to: Filling machines, process tanks, support equipment, analytical equipment, and CIP/SIP systems.

  • Knowledge of chemical and biological safety procedures.

  • Must be proficient in a variety of mathematical disciplines and be able to work with both the metric and USA standards of measurement.

  • Must be able to read, write, and converse in English.

  • Good computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.

  • Must be able to navigate, conduct searches, and fill on line forms on Personal Computer for the purposes of training, performance management, and self-service applications.

  • Must be able to read and follow detailed written instructions and have good verbal/written communication skills.

  • Possesses very strong verbal and written communication skills, documentation practices (cGDPs),

  • Must have the following personal attributes: Self-motivated, integrity and trust, work ethic, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, pragmatism, courage and conviction.

  • Be aware of hazardous chemicals and their disposal, OSHA and FDA requirements.

  • Must have passion to innovate and drive for solutions.

  • Must display personal accountability for results and integrity.

  • Must display eagerness to learn and continuously improve.

  • Must have uncompromising dedication to quality.

  • Must have relentless focus on rapid and disciplined action.

  • Must have respect for individuals and the diverse contributions of all.

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in Biotech maintenance or Manufacturing or similar industry. Should have a broad mechanical trade knowledge and skill set. 2 year trade or AA degree/certificate preferred.

Working Environment

  • This position requires 10-12 hour shifts, overtime, weekend and holiday work. May work more than 40 hours a week, as required.

  • Must be able to work in controlled or clean room environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in these work environments.

  • May be exposed to dust, gases, and fumes.

  • Will work in a cold, wet environment and hot humid environments both inside and outside (sun) of facility.

  • May be around moving equipment and machinery.

  • May climb up and into large processing tanks for cleaning or inspection.

  • May be working in a loud area that requires hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.

  • May work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers that may require respiratory protection.

  • May be required to work in a confined area as defined by the Environmental, Health, & Safety office.

  • Will work around chemicals such as paint, flooring materials, refrigerants, alcohol, acids, buffers that may require respiratory protection.

  • May be required to work or be assigned to a different shift as needed.

  • Will have interaction with other people.

  • Pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high.

  • May be required to drive cars, trucks, forklifts and other equipment. Will be required to drive to other facilities to support manufacturing and calibrations.

  • May require work at heights above floor level.

  • May require the use of special auditory or visual protective equipment.

  • May require working with biohazards such as: blood borne pathogens, sewage or medical waste. Will be exposed to equipment that handles plasma based products.

Physical Demand

The overall physical exertion of this position requires medium to heavy work. Times are continuous and my occur multiple times per day.

  • May be required to sit between 1-2 hours.

  • May be required to walk between 3-4 hours.

  • May be required to stand over 4 hours.

  • May be required to bend at the neck up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to bend at the waist up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to squat up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to climb up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to reach above/below the shoulder up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to kneel up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to twist at the neck/waist up to 1 hour.

  • May be required to lift up to 75lbs. Lifts per shift are up to 2 to 20 times.

  • May be required to carry up to 50lbs. Carry distance of between 10 to 200ft.

  • Requires repetitive use of both right and left hands and arms up to 1 hour.

  • May require simple grasping with hands/arms between 3-4 hours.

  • May require power grasping with hands/arms between 1-2 hours.

  • May require fine manipulation with hands/arms up to 1 hour.

  • May require pushing/pulling with hands/arms between 1-2 hours.

  • May require office work activities with hands/arms between 1-2 hours.

  • May be required to gown frequently and balance when gowning into clean areas.

  • May be exposed to noise above 85 dBA. This may require hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.

  • May be required to walk on uneven ground.

  • May require operation of foot controls or repetitive foot movement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Shire is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.