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Lyophilizer Maintenance Engineer

Bachem is a listed technology-based company focused on peptide chemistry. The company provides a full range of services to the pharma and biotech industries. It specializes in the development of innovative, efficient manufacturing processes and the reliable production of peptide-based active pharmaceutical ingredients. A comprehensive catalog of biochemicals and exclusive custom syntheses for research labs complete the service portfolio. Headquartered in Switzerland with subsidiaries in Europe, the US and Asia, the group has a global reach with more experience and know-how than any other company in the industry. Towards its customers, Bachem shows total commitment to quality, innovation and partnership.

In order to continue our organic growth, we are constantly looking for talent.

Your Responsibilities

The Lyophilizer Maintenance Engineer will be responsible for maintenance, troubleshooting, and

corrective actions for all lyophilizer equipment in current operation at the 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.


Your Tasks

  • Responsible for maintenance and operational procedure for over six freeze dryers
  • Responsible for maintenance and operational procedure for lyophilizer 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 into the department’s and calibration processes


Your Profile


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering with at least 6 years related experience or
  • AA Degree with 10 years related experience or
  • High school degree with 15 years experience
  • Direct related experience with electronica controls and refrigeration system knowledge, including low temperature cascading systems and two stages compressor.
  • Specific knowledge of vacuum systems, hydraulic system and electrical circuit and control
  • Electronic controls and refrigeration systems knowledge, including low temperature cascading systems and two stages compressor
  • Understanding / knowledge of PLC control, preferably Allen Bradley and OM RON.
  • 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
  • Flexibility of working hours based on business needs, may include some nights and occasional weekends



  • Experience with -50◦ Celsius refrigeration


We Offer

You will be part of a motivated team overseeing the entire development cycle of respective APIs. If you are

looking for a new challenge and want to join a motivated team in an internationally renowned company,

you should seize this opportunity.

Nearest Major Market: San Diego