Automation Engineer

Pfizer, Inc.

Kalamazoo, MI

Why Patients Need You

Whether you are involved in the design and development of manufacturing processes for products or supporting maintenance and reliability, engineering is vital to making sure customers and patients have the medicines they need, when they need them. Working with our innovative engineering team, you'll help bring medicines to the world even faster by imagining what’s possible and taking action.

What You Will Achieve

Working with Pfizer’s dynamic engineering team, you will play a critical role in supporting manufacturing information systems to improve manufacturing success rates and ensuring zero down time. You will integrate manufacturing, process operational knowledge, equipment control and data into systems, which enforces the sequence of operations across departments.

As an associate, your focus on the job will contribute in achieving project tasks and goals. Through your domain knowledge and commitment, you will create a collaborative team environment for your colleagues.

You will support the controls on process equipment that runs 24/7/365. You will make program changes to controllers, workstations, and databases and then verify them through computer validation. You will also troubleshoot any issues that arise during manufacturing and provide maintenance to the assigned systems.

It is your hard work and focus that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Contribute to the completion of projects, manage own time on agreed targets, develop plans for own projects and leads small project teams.

  • Monitor, generate and complete the periodic review, validation master plan for the automation engineering program.

  • Demonstrate good planning, organizing, time management and team participation skills.

  • Responsible for routine and preventive maintenance work, ensure all the equipment and facilities work safely, efficiently and reliably.

  • Generate and develop standard operating procedures and system support.

  • Analyze operational process problems and recommend appropriate corrective and preventative actions.

  • Manage change control authoring and execution.

  • Participate in the site and network wide teams to provide cybersecurity alignment and direction.

  • Provide 24x7x365 support of our automation systems and perform automation activities for capital and non-capital projects.

  • Modify moderately complex to highly complex control logic that requires a degree of scientific and/or manufacturing process expertise.

  • Mentor and guide junior staff and serve as a technical trainer, whenever necessary.

  • Clearly communicate progress and issues to peers.

  • Applicant must have a High School Diploma (or Equivalent) and 6 years of relevant experience OR an Associates degree with 4 years of experience OR a Bachelors degree with 0+ years of experience.

  • Experience with programming industrial control systems such as Recipe development, Batch, PLCs, SCADA systems, Historians, SQL Server.

  • Experience with writing software test plans, user requirements, and system design documents

  • Familiar with process controls equipment.

  • Knowledge of Computerized Systems, Compliance regulations and standards.

  • Teamwork spirit, good communication skills and training abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal effectiveness and communication skills {written and oral}.

  • Ability to learn new technologies and adapt to change.

  • Technical troubleshooting experience within tight timelines.

  • Relevant pharmaceutical experience.

  • Understanding of programming, and proficiency in at least one language.

  • Pharmaceutical industry engineering experience.


Office and plant environment. Keyboarding, lifting, standing, bending, walking


  • Weekend and off hours work required, some overtime.

  • Supporting 24/7 operations.

  • Some on call coverage.

  • Hiring all shift positions. Adhere to safe work practices.

  • Some travel.

Relocation support available

Work Location Assignment: On Premise

Other Job Details:

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.