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Controls and Automation Technician


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Job Title: Controls and Automation Technician  - AUT000150


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe. 


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Instrumentation Support: Provide support for installation, troubleshooting, and repair of instrumentation (e.g. sensors, transmitters, transducers, etc.) and control loops.
  • PLC Support: Troubleshoot, design, program and implement PLC logic and HMI screens.
  • System Management: Maintain HMI and Historian Administrator to ensure proper alarming, historical data collection and display per regulatory compliance.
  • Network Management: Basic monitoring and maintenance of an industrial controls network infrastructure.
  • Automation Systems Consulting: Makes recommendations on upgrades of existing electrical, controls, and mechanical components/equipment as new technology dictates and identify strengths and weaknesses of current equipment.
  • Project Management: Drive and support various automation design projects. Ensure compliance to technical guidelines and standards on all projects and work.
  • Administration: Update documentation to reflect project updates and changes. Order parts, supplies, and materials to maintain and repair all equipment.



  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).


  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience and/or training in computerized process control systems.
  • Working knowledge of electrical theory including the ability to read and comprehend electrical schematics and diagram.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of electrical distribution systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Instrumentation and Process Control Systems.
  • Ability to use electrical test instrumentation (e.g. multimeter, ammeter, megger, etc.) and hand tools to troubleshoot electrical, electronic, and basic mechanical issues.
  • Working knowledge of industrial control systems including PLC programming, HMI design and programming, instrumentation, and network infrastructure.
  • Proficiency with Allen-Bradley automation systems including Factory Talk, Contollogix, RSLogix .
  • Proficiency with computers, mobile devices, and Microsoft Office software.


  • Previous experience working within a VM environment.
  • Possesses good communication skills, verbal and written, to work with plant personnel and vendors.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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Job Automation and Maintenance

Primary Location NA-US-NE-Elkhorn

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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