Facilities Maintenance Engineer

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides. With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services. Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. For further information, see www.bachem.com.

A brief overview


The Facilities Maintenance Engineer will be responsible for maintenance, troubleshooting, and corrective actions for all lyophilizer equipment in current operation at the company’s Vista California site.  This individual will be responsible for all projects and services related to the lyophilizers including the timely completion of repairs while adhering to standard operating practices.  In addition, he/she will be responsible for routine visual and physical inspections.



What you will do


  • Responsible for preventative maintenance and repairs for lyophilizer equipment
  • Responsible for preventative maintenance and repairs for support equipment including chillers, vacuum pumps, boilers, air handling equipment, industrial refrigerators and freezers, heat exchangers and nitrogen injection equipment.
  • Participate in engineering designs, specifications selections, change of parts and implement necessary changes through engineering change control procedures
  • Participate in lyophilization 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
  • Participate in customer and end-user meetings related to lyophilization as the subject matter expert
  • Participate in writing, review and implementation of corrective actions related to lyophilizer mechanical or process deviation
  • Use understanding and knowledge of PLC control 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
  • Complete paperwork required for equipment and maintenance data per GDP




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering with at least 5 years related experience or
  • AA Degree with at least 10 years related experience or
  • High School Diploma with at least 15 years related experience
  • Direct related experience with refrigeration, electrical systems, mechanical processes preferably in a bio/pharmaceutical or other related industry
  • Specific knowledge of vacuum systems, hydraulic system 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



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: $31.42 - $43.21

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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