Automation Engineering Technician

Facility:  Engineering

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department   

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. Being part of Novo Nordisk allows our employees to embark on life-changing careers, and the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. 
In Clayton, NC, we now operate two adjacent pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that are responsible for fulfilling different steps in our injectable and oral treatment supply chains.  
Our Clayton, NC Diabetes Finished Products (DFP) facility is a 457,000 square foot aseptic "fill and finish" site that is responsible for producing innovative, injectable diabetes and obesity treatments. When you work at DFP, you’ll join a global network of manufacturing professionals focused on several key, final production processes, including sterile formulation, filling, inspection, device assembly and packaging. 
At DFP, our employees are passionate about what they do, knowing their work makes a difference to millions of people who rely on our products every day. After all, producing medicines is a special responsibility. 
Join Team Novo Nordisk and help us make what matters.


Position Purpose

Assist in the operation, maintenance & administration of automated control systems. Responsible for the working condition of the equipment control systems throughout the facility.



  • Inspect, troubleshoot & repair mechanical, electrical & / or electronic equipment including PLCs
  • Performs routine, preventative & predictive maintenance
  • Participates in equipment rebuild & upgrades
  • Assist in the development of maintenance procedures, preventative, routine & predictive work instructions, training & troubleshooting manuals, validation documents, protocols & corrective / preventative actions
  • Participate in equipment installations & relocations
  • Provides timely notification to management of any discrepancy that has a direct or indirect impact on product quality
  • Provides superior customer service
  • Interacts with equipment & service vendors for troubleshooting, installation, improving reliability & / or efficiency purposes
  • Initiates purchase order for parts, test tools, equipment, etc. to maintain an adequate inventory
  • Follows safe working practices while performing assigned duties. Identifies reports & may recommend corrective action for any unsafe conditions to a supervisor, or department manager. Adheres to safety procedures including, but not limited to wearing product specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements, safety glasses, lock out, confine space & other company policies & procedures
  • Follows all cGMPs & ensures that product is manufactured according to procedure & current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Maintains training readiness
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • AA/AS/AAS in mechanical/electronics or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5 years IT/Automation or mechanical experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.  Knowledge of Computerized Calibration Management System a plus


Desired Qualifications

  • 2+ years’ experience with PLC, HMI, SCADA platforms such as Allen Bradley, Siemens, RSView, & Intellution
  • 2+ years of maintenance experience in support of production operations is required
  • Experience in Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Food, Cosmetic, Beverage or relevant work is preferred
  • Must have a basic understanding of various types of equipment found in the manufacturing area, which includes, but not limited to formulation, filling, inspection, packaging, component prep, etc.
  • PLC, process control &/or distributed control system experience is required
  • Employee must be flexible to work overtime &/or different shifts as business needs dictate
  • Familiar with project management methodology
  • Excellent organizational & planning skills


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Must be able to frequently lift & / or move up to 50 pounds
  • Commitment to work hours necessary to support continuous operations
  • Novo Nordisk requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine by December 8, 2021.  As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. You will be required to upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccine card at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment.


This position is not eligible for sponsorship at this time.  

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.