Maintenance Engineer I

Facility:  Engineering

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we are helping to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. As a result, our employees embark on life-changing careers with opportunities for mobility and growth within a global organization. At Novo Nordisk, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry.


Our new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) facility houses the Fermentation, Recovery and Purification in the production of ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products. Are you ready to help make what matters? Then, we are ready for you!


Position Purpose

Support proper implementation & execution of maintenance activities for API production equipment & systems within DAPI-US facility. Improve the reliability & performance of API operations tracks with respect to equipment/systems maintenance. Utilize a reliability centered mindset to maximize plant productivity, while maintaining equipment performance & longevity.


Primary tasks include:

  • Lead & coordinate maintenance performance improvement projects & initiatives
  • Support manufacturing & production support teams to ensure maintenance compliance
  • Provide technical support to the site & stakeholders to meet business goals
  • Coach & mentor members of the maintenance team



  • Write/review maintenance plans, specifications & SOPs
  • Participate in equipment/system design reviews & support equipment installation, commissioning & qualifications
  • Assist in maintaining quality & schedule within area of responsibility
  • Establish & maintain positive working relationship with internal & external engineering & operations stakeholders
  • Lead & provide technical support for investigation, troubleshooting & problem resolution of equipment & system operational issues
  • Support development, implementation & improvement of equipment & systems maintenance plans during operation
  • Continuous improvement: verify process equipment & satisfy design requirements/expectations
  • Knowledge sharing with local & DK facilities
  • Develop knowledge of risk assessment documents, such as requirements risk assessments (RRA's)
  • Support the review & updating of engineering & specification documentation (process flow diagrams, P&IDs, user req specifications, etc.)
  • Drive maintenance team adherence to PSM requirements & best practices
  • Participate in the review & updating of process & system risk assessments
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in engineering (preferred degree in maintenance, mechanical, chemical, electrical, bio-process engineering), or equivalent industrial, military, or vocational training combined with experience
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience working directly in utilities or process equipment maintenance, or other directly related field
  • Ability to read & understand equipment schematics, P&IDs, PFDs, wiring diagrams, CAD drawings & other specialized documentation


Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in plant operations & maintenance with proven knowledge in RCA, troubleshooting, problem resolution & continuous improvement
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment with cGMPs requirements or other regulated industry or manufacturing environment
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification or cLEAN® 2-star desired
  • Demonstrated experience in maintenance processes & mechanical systems
  • Practical knowledge in the following areas:  mechanical systems operations, root cause analysis (RCA), reliability centered maintenance (RCM), process hazard assessment (PHA), process safety management (PSM) & process improvement methodologies (Six Sigma, Lean Sigma)
  • Technical/process/functional knowledge of utility systems components maintenance & operation including cooling & chilled water, plant steam (HP & LP), compressed air, clean steam & purified water
  • Technical/process/functional knowledge of specific equipment maintenance & operation including but not limited to pumps (centrifugal, PD, diaphragm, mag drive, other), heat exchangers, control valves, mixers, agitators & filtration
  • Technical/process/functional knowledge of API systems components maintenance & operation to include centrifugation, spray drying & chromatography
  • Experience with using records control systems (SAP, CMMS or similar system)
  • Knowledge & understanding of technical documents such as URS, SAT, FAT, qualification & validation protocols
  • Experience using controls & control interfaces for PLC, PCS, BMS & DCS systems
  • Ability to independently apply engineering techniques & analysis within the discipline
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills
  • Proven expertise in developing/planning/coordinating maintenance activities & following up on results
  • Experienced in creating &/or revising work plans for complex problems being resolved by cross functional teams


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands
  • Able to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Frequently moves about building(s) to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Corrected vision to 20/30 &/or ability to pass vision screening assessment necessary to procure motorized vehicle license
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to access service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Occasionally required to secure a motorized vehicle license & operate a motorized vehicle
  • Occasionally works around odorous &/or hazardous materials
  • Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally positions oneself within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Ability to travel internationally, as requested (up to 10%)
  • Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Ability to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation


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.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


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.