10 Nov, 2023

Automation Engineer

  • AstraZeneca
  • Frederick, MD, USA
Automation Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe.

Our Frederick Manufacturing Center (FMC) is one of 30 production facilities in 18 countries that creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This biologic manufacturing facility makes a direct contribution to treating people with cancer, respiratory and autoimmune conditions across the globe. It’s challenging but highly rewarding work, involves more than 675 talented people throughout the manufacturing lifecycle and supporting office functions. We work hard to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, and we take time to have fun and celebrate our accomplishments. From catered site festivities to competitive events, community outreach activities, environmental and wellness showcases and team-building events, we take time to recognize our achievements.

We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration. We are committed to continuous learning and offer ongoing skill building and training for our staff and encourage additional secondary schooling with tuition reimbursement of 100% up to $10,000 each year. The FMC is also an award-winning employer and has been recognized as a ‘Top 50’ Business in Frederick and awarded Frederick County’s ‘Best Place to Work’ distinction in 2015 and 2019. Come join our award-wining team and support the manufacture of life-changing medicines for patients across the world.

Everything we do is to make people’s lives better. To us it’s personal, as we invent, make, deliver and support. Taking our cutting-edge innovations from our science labs to patients. Fueled by our aspiration to deliver accelerated growth for our company and to make people’s lives better, there’s never been a more exciting time to shape the next phase of Operations’ evolution and growth. We explore, willing to support new ideas, go above and beyond to find better solutions, every day. This is a place for the resilient – hungry for new challenges and diverse opportunities. The driven – willing to learn, take personal accountability and step out of their comfort zone. To build a collective legacy of doing good for people, the environment and society.

Why Join Operations?

Here we turn molecules to medicines, bringing our Research & Development pipeline to life through a rigorous process of development, manufacturing, testing and delivery. In our fast-paced, growing environment, embrace an exciting opportunity to build a long-term, varied career. With a huge variety of global opportunities and learning from other teams this is the place to embrace lifelong learning and build capabilities, setting your own direction and pace.

If you have the passion and the drive to accelerate growth and make people’s lives better – then this is the place for you.

Join us as an Automation Engineer at the Frederick Manufacturing Center (FMC), where you'll provide technical support to the manufacturing and logistics buildings. Your role will involve troubleshooting, modifications, and improvements to automation, data management/storage systems, and networks related to process, utility, and support equipment and systems. Your responsibility will ensure our pipeline becomes a reality, taking the lead in ensuring the hard work from the rest of the business is realized. We never give up in diligently ensuring our patients receive quality and safe medicines, responding to a large variety of, often complex, demands.


As an Automation Engineer, you'll apply your working knowledge of electronic theory and its application. You'll demonstrate a basic understanding of instrumentation and control loops. You'll be expected to troubleshoot PLC systems, particularly Rockwell Automation, Distributed control systems, particularly Emerson DeltaV Control network, Building management systems, particularly Siemens, VFD and motor control systems, IT infrastructure. You'll also need a basic understanding of programming concepts and risk assessment and mitigation.

Essential Skills/Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering/Life sciences
- 1+ years of relevant experience

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

At AstraZeneca, our work in Quality is important and valued. We have an unrivalled forward-looking mindset, making it the perfect place to work at the forefront and learn how to add real value to a business throughout the lifecycle of our products. As the voice of the patient, every batch we certify is a personal stamp of approval. We are always innovating, trialling the latest models and technologies to improve reliability and excellence in our processes.

We are a team of ambitious people who want to go far. Our proactive and solutions-focused approach is what drives us forward. We step up and take accountability to deliver, each of us feeling responsible for the outcomes. We are strong communicators and networkers. With constant exposure to different tasks we're at our best when we're working together as a team.

Are you ready to join a team that takes Quality seriously? Are you ready to step up, follow the science and evidence to make decisions that put patients first? If so, apply today!

Find out more on Social Media:

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About Operations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gak5Ham8oUw

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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