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Upsher-Smith offers challenging careers and opportunities for personal and professional growth in an array of areas. Upsher-Smith is committed to the dynamic and ongoing training and development of their most important assets—their employees. Opportunities at Upsher-Smith come with a full range of employee benefits and a workplace where those in the organization continue to pursue creative solutions that enhance the employee experience that help Upsher-Smith improve the health and lives of patients through an unwavering commitment to high-quality.

Job Description

As the Lead Automation Engineering Technician – 2nd shift (3:00pm - 11:15pm), you will provide technical expertise and work direction to the Mechanics on their associated shift; interact with other Lead Technicians to ensure the effective transfer of work across the shifts; provide leadership, clarify requirements, and define expectations to the Mechanics; maintain, repair, and improve manufacturing machinery with minimal interruption to the production schedule. As a Lead Technician, you will also be required to troubleshoot and develop a root cause and solution to equipment issues; be expected to exercise independent judgment with minimal supervision; and possess a thorough understanding of standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the maintenance field, with a focus on equipment automation.

Day to Day Responsibilities

  • Perform maintenance activities on the Manufacturing/Packaging floor (automated machinery & systems).
  • Provide guidance to the shift Maintenance activities and technical direction to Maintenance Technicians
  • Troubleshoot and develop a root cause and solution to equipment issues
  • Complete repairs and/or performance required preventative maintenance/certifications as required
  • Ensure the maintenance department is adhering to the appropriate SOP's, cGMP’s, safety, and quality standards
  • Update/create procedures and policies to improve departmental effectiveness and overall efficiency of the personnel utilization
  • Recommend changes to optimize processes, equipment, systems, procedures, and protocols.
  • Interact with outside vendors to rectify issues and identify new suppliers to reduce costs and/or increase quality
  • Complete documentation requirements for the shift including but not limited to: work orders, deviations, weekly reports, time cards, etc.
  • Responsible for input on equipment documentation, including calibrations, certifications, preventive maintenance, etc.
  • Assist in hiring personnel for the maintenance department
  • Assist Engineering, Technical Services, and projects as necessary

Minimum Years of Experience

Vocational training in electromechanical systems, automated machinery, packaging machinery, or equivalent required. Minimum of 10 years of experience in a manufacturing, packaging, and/or automation/maintenance environment. Supervisory or lead experience is desired. Knowledge of pneumatics, single and three-phase electricity, electronics, controllers, servomotors, stepper motors, AC & DC motors, PLC's, hydraulics, general mechanical systems, welding, machine shop skills, instrumentation, and controls. Ability to read and analyze blueprints, schematics, ladder logic diagrams, and P&ID diagrams. Some experience and knowledge in HVAC preferred. Special Engineer boiler license (or willingness to obtain one in the first 6 months in the position) required. 1-B Boiler's license (high and low pressure) strongly preferred. Possess the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and stand on your feet for 8-10 hours.

Technical Degree Required?


Salary or Hourly Rate



  • 401K and profit sharing
  • Shift differential pay (in addition to base pay)
  • Clean, climate-controlled work environment
  • Fitness Club reimbursement
  • Birthday included as a paid holiday
  • Free soda and coffee in our facilities
  • Free wellness programs, including biometric screenings and flu shots
  • Pet insurance (they are important, too!)

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About Company
Upsher-Smith Laboratories are committed to helping improve the health and lives of patients, while striving for uninterrupted supply, quick delivery, and in-depth account and patient knowledge.

14905 23rd Avenue North, Plymouth, Minnesota

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