Facilities Maintenance Engineer

Date: 1 Jul 2024

Location: Vista, CA, US, 92081

Company: Bachem AG

A Brief Overview

The Facilities Maintenance Engineer will be responsible for equipment maintenance, installation and troubleshooting of manufacturing equipment, facility equipment and electrical systems in current operation at the company sites. This individual will also be responsible for all related projects and services related to the equipment and their timely completion while adhering to standard practices. In addition, he/she will be responsible for routine facility, visual and physical inspections.

What you will do


  • Responsible for maintenance and operational procedures for critical systems

  • Provide support in planning and execution of shutdowns of equipment

  • Responsible for troubleshooting and providing corrective action directives

  • Participate in calibration process and cycle designs; implement the necessary process change through engineering change control procedures

  • Collaborate with the validation department regarding change control requalification and validation of change

  • Use understanding and knowledge of PLC control directly or through PLC engineering to participate in making necessary changes in process and mechanical control

  • Collaborate with Quality Assurance in PR and SOP writing, and participate in review and corrective action related to mechanical or process deviation of equipment

  • Routinely makes technical decisions affecting equipment/facilities and processes

  • Identifies critical issues, investigates alternatives, makes recommendations, and develops and implements plan(s) for resolution

  • Provides assistance and guidance within the work team to resolve technical and non-technical issues

  • Follow applicable safety standards and procedures while working under company guidelines and cGMP processes

  • Complete paperwork required for equipment and maintenance data into the department’s calibration processes.



  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering with at least 5 years relevant experience or
  • Associate degree with at least 10 years relevant experience or
  • High School Diploma with at least 15 years relevant experience
  • 1-3 years’ experience with instrumentation, electrical systems, mechanical processes preferably in a bio/pharmaceutical or other related industry
  • Direct related experience with refrigeration, electrical systems, & mechanical processes, preferably in a bio/pharmaceutical or other related industry
  • Specific knowledge of vacuum systems, hydraulic systems and electrical circuit and control
  • Electronic controls and refrigeration systems knowledge, including low temperature cascading systems and multi-stage compressors
  • Understanding / knowledge of PLC control
  • Strong analytical math and problem solving skills
  • Proficient in reading schematics and diagrams as well as other written materials
  • High level of safety awareness
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Basic computer knowledge, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to effectively organize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment
  • Ability to communicate in a proactive and solution-focused manner, including keeping management aware of potential issues
  • Detail oriented with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve equipment problems
  • Ability to work independently and manage one’s time
  • Communicate effectively and ability to function well in a team environment
  • Previous experience utilizing a Computerized Maintenance Management System
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Flexibility of working hours based on business needs, may include some nights and occasional weekends
  • Lyophilization equipment experience (preferred)

Our people are passionate about what they do, the product they sell, and the customers they serve. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a work family that values collaboration, innovation and dedication, we're the right company for you.


Base Hourly Range:


Facilities Engineer I: $33.08 - $45.48

Facilities Engineer II: $44.19 - $60.76


Placement of new hires in these wage ranges is based on several factors including education, skill sets, experience, and training.


Total Rewards 


We offer all Team Members a total rewards package including competitive pay, annual performance bonus, a generous benefit package with comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision coverage, 401(k) plan with employer contribution, and paid vacation, personal and sick days. 


Corporate Social Responsibility 


Bachem takes responsibility for future generations by a careful handling of resources and avoiding environmental risks. We continually improve our ecological performance and develop and implement new approaches for enhancing employees’ environmental awareness.  EcoVadis has awarded Bachem Platinum Medal status in their assessment of Bachem. 


Bachem Americas is an Equal Opportunity Employer 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

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