Get a Well Paid Job in Pharma Manufacturing
in 8 Months

Take our “Certificate in eBioPharmaChem” Conversion Course & Start a New Career.

  • Pharma Manufacturing Jobs are Stable, Safe and Secure
  • 81% of our 2016 graduates found employment
  • High Paying Jobs (30% Above Average)
  • Application Deadline: January 20th
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Pharmaceutical Degree
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Use your science, engineering, IT, quality or manufacturing background together with this academically accredited course to find a well paid job in the pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing industry.

Learn How Safe Medicines are Made

You will develop an understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour necessary to manufacture safe medicines for the public. You will also learn about GMP enforcement in this highly regulated industry sector, why it is so strict and why it is so important.

Perfect For People with Engineering, Science, Manufacturing, IT, Quality or Backgrounds

This course is perfect for anyone with a manufacturing, science, engineering, quality, maintenance, aviation/semiconductor, food production, construction, military, design or logistics background who wants a career in the pharmaceutical or med device manufacturing sector.

Excellent Job Opportunities

These industries directly provide stable, secure and well paying jobs and are free of the layoffs and cyclical ups and downs of many other sectors.

New Role Depends on Previous Experience

Your new job role and starting salary will depend on your previous skills and experience.

All Pharmaceutical Degree & Certificate Programs are Academically
Accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

e(Bio) PharmaChem

Work Background and Age Profile of Students on this Course

e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)
e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

3,300 New Well Paid Pharma Jobs in Ireland

Here is a list of companies with current expansion plans.

  • In two separate announcements, AbbVie is creating 225 jobs in Sligo
  • Aerogen created 20 jobs in Galway as it launches two new products
  • Alexion announced 200 jobs in Dublin and Athlone
  • Bausch & Lomb created 125 jobs as they expand their Waterford site
  • BMS announced 400 jobs as they open a new biologic manufacturing plant in Dublin
  • ClearStream Technologies Limited announced 200 jobs in Enniscorthy
  • Connexicon created 15 jobs across various departments including chemistry
  • CRI created 25 new positions.
  • GE Healthcare announced doubling of their production in Co. Cork leading to 140 new jobs
  • Grifols are recruiting for 140 positions in West Dublin
  • Horizon announced 60 jobs in their new Dublin headquarters
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals announced 50 jobs at a new facility in Athlone
  • Pfizer created 130 jobs – 90 at Grange Castle and 40 across Ringaskiddy and Little Island
  • PMD Solutions announced 11 new jobs for Cork
  • Randox announced 470 jobs at a new manufacturing and research facility
  • Reagecon announced they were hiring 25 people for chemist position in their Shannon facility
  • Regeneron added a further 200 positions in Limerick
  • Team Horizon created 11 jobs in Dublin, hiring in 2016
  • Teleflex announced 100 jobs in Athlone
  • West Pharmaceutical announced 150 jobs in Waterford
  • Zimmer announced 250 jobs at their new medical device hub
  • Pharma giant MSD to create 200 jobs across three counties
  • Irish pharma firm APC to create 100 jobs at new Dublin HQ
  • Technopath Hiring 60 In Tipperary
  • Medical technology company Alere to create 40 jobs in Galway
  • Chanelle to create 175 pharma jobs in Galway in €70m investment

Career Opportunities

What kind of roles could I apply for after finishing this course?

RolesAverage US Salaries: Source United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Manufacturing Background?
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Manufacturing Technical Specialist
Manufacturing Operations Associate
Technician (Manufacture/Production)
Chemical Processing Technician
Packing Machine Operator
$ 70,500
$ 52,500
$ 63,000
$ 32,500
$ 55,500
$ 32,000
Science Background?
Apply for these roles >>
Laboratory Analyst
Laboratory Technician
$ 79,000
$ 43,000
$ 39,000
Quality Background?
Apply for these roles >>
Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist
Quality Control (QC) Specialist
Project Quality Engineer
Quality Engineer
Associate Quality Engineer
$ 54,000
$ 49,000
$ 86,000
$ 86,000
$ 60,000
Engineering and Maintenance Background
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Engineer (Projects)
Engineer (Production/Chemical)
Associate Engineer
Electronic Technician
HVAC Supervisor
HVAC Technician
Industrial Engineer
Instrumentation Engineer
Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Technician
$ 93,500
$ 103,500
$ 86,000
$ 50,000
$ 60,000
$ 67,000
$ 55,500
$ 85,000
$ 85,000
$ 57,000
$ 55,500
Logistics Background?
Apply for these roles >>
Procurement Specialist
Logistics Specialist
$ 54,000
$ 77,000
No Experience in these areas?
Apply for these roles >>
Manufacturing Technical Specialist
Manufacturing Operations Asscociate
Technician (Manufacture/Production)
Packing Machine Operator
$ 70,500
$ 52,500
$ 63,000
$ 32,500
$ 32,000

Online Learning Done Differently

or: Why this is an Online Course You’ll Actually Finish!

Each week, you’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, interactive activities and projects through our online platform, available to access 24/7.
Online courses can start off great, but staying motivated can be a challenge. So, you’ll get regular feedback reports (and emails or phone calls if you fall behind!) to keep you on track.
Because it’s online, there are no long commutes, traffic jams or crowded trains to deal with on the way to class. Study at home after the kids have gone to bed.
Your working schedules are unpredictable so we offer flexible delivery. Slow down, speed up or pause the delivery of the course.
GetReskilled Success Stories
Job Success Stories

Adrian Fitzpatrick

From Optician to Chemical Process Technician!

Adrian now works as a Chemical Process Technician for a pharmaceutical company. He’s been doing this since October 2014 and it’s an interesting job that he enjoys. It’s also a job that he thinks is an option for more people than you might realise – his prior work experience isn’t entirely ‘traditional’.

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Job Success Stories

Jeffery Kophamel

From Engineering Consultancy into Pharma

When Jeffery Kophamel started his reskilling journey into pharma, he already had a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and had over twenty-five years of engineering experience. Despite this background, he couldn’t find a way in to pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing.

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Job Success Stories

John Ryan

Making Car Parts to Med Device Manufacturing

I have been working in the automotive components manufacturing industry since 1992 and I recognised that I had to upskill in order to get into the medical device/ pharmaceutical industry. In 2013 I secured a six month contractual position as a process engineer.

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e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

Edel Harkins

“I would highly recommend anyone in my situation who has been out of the industry for a period of time to do these courses. They have contributed to my new found confidence in my existing and new qualifications, my improved interview skills and my new job!”

e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

Darren Deehan

“I have really enjoyed the course. The course content was very detailed and way surpassed my expectation. While the course was challenging, the online support and access was exceptional. I am really looking forward to progressing to the follow-on/specialization course, “BioValidation” when it becomes available.”

e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

David Masterson

“The courses are detailed, easily accessible, great to add to your CV or to compliment other qualifications.”

e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

Ewa Kalwarczyk

“This course would give you chance to continue to seek an employment and at the same time you can study to improve your chances at the job market.”

e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

James Fogarty

“This was fantastic opportunity for me to gain qualification in my own time. This would otherwise have been impossible due to cost and time due to child minding.”

e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

Michael Culkin

“If you are looking to retrain yourself and are willing to put in the time, I would recommend GetReskilled.”

e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

Morna Dixon

“Although it is very intensive it was very interesting and opened up new work options for consideration.”

e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698)

Trish Kineen

“It has been a great course to re-familiarise myself with the area after such a long time away. I is also brilliant that you can study in your own time & at home (so you don’t have travel & child minding costs). I found the pace of the course good and really enjoyed it.”


Our Team

Dr. Joe Brady

Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

Dr. Joe Brady is an assistant lecturer with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Joe is a certified trainer, and highly experienced in competency based training. He designs and prepares educational modules and full academic courses ranging from MSc, MEngSc. BSc, to Certificate level, for a range of academic institution.

He is also a supervisor for MSc/MEngSc and PhD theses. Joe has over seventeen years project experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries in Ireland, Singapore, China, The Netherlands, France and the USA.

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Dr. Anne Green

Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

Dr Anne Green is the pharmaceutical technology and pharmaceutical projects manager in Ireland and is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Technology, Validation and Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland.

In addition, she is also secretary of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) Secretary, Irish Chapter. Her experience ranges from a technical service chemist, Sterling Wintrop Dungarvan, (now GSK), validation manager at start up Wyeth Newbridge, (now Pfizer) and is a Training Director at NIBIRT in Ireland.

Prices & Start Dates

Prices & Start Dates

Prices & Start Dates

We’re so confident you’ll get a job in Ireland, we’ll give you a money back guarantee.
  • Choose a course with our Job Guarantee option.
  • Follow our specially devised job hunting plan while you study.
  • If you don’t have a job offer within 6 months of graduating, you’ll get all your course fees back (yes, really!).


Complete 3 Modules over 30 Weeks

Module 1 – Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technologies 

This module will give you a broad understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, the rules that govern manufacturing and the guidelines on how these rules are applied along with the risk management tools to be used when making decisions that could impact the safety of the medicines being manufactured.

Week 1 – Manufacturing Safe Medicines
Week 2 – GMP’s and Quality Management Systems
Week 3 – Good Automated Manufacturing Practices (GAMP)
Week 4 – API Manufacturing Technologies
Week 5 – Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Technologies
Week 6 – Cleaning Validation
Week 7 – Medical Devices and Sterile Manufacturing
Week 8 – PQ OQ IQ
Week 9 & 10 – Complete an End of Module Assignment. Write a paper on “Why cGMPs are required for the manufacture of a life sciences product”.

Module 2 – Commissioning & Qualification of Equipment and Systems (VOMP 3002)

This course explains the engineering documentation used to specify and design equipment or systems in a manufacturing facility – and how to develop the test protocols (IQ, OQ, PQ) to ensure that it operates as intended and meets the regulatory requirements.

Week 11 – Interpreting P&ID’s
Week 12 – System Impact Assessment & Traceability Matrix
Week 13 – Installation Tests & Equipment Verification
Week 14 – Piping Isometrics & Checksheets
Week 15 – Instrument Loops & Checksheets
Week 16 – URS & Functional Testing
Week 17 – Assembling the Validation Protocol
Week 18 – Validation Protocol Final Review
Week 19 & 20 – Complete an End of Module Assignment. Write an IQ OQ PQ protocol for a Clean-in-Place system.

Module 3 – Chemistry for API’s (VOMP 3003)

The aim of this module is to provide a foundation in the general chemistry necessary to appreciate the fundamental concepts involved in the chemistry of API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) required for the manufacture of medicinal products.

Week 21 – Chemistry and Matter; Atomic Theory
Week 22 – The Periodic Table and Bonding
Week 23 – Stoichiometry
Week 24 – Acids and Bases Recrystallisation
Week 25 – Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Practical Laboratory
You will need to complete a full day laboratory during the remaining 5 weeks of the module. We will release preparatory material before the lab for you to study, review and print out.

Note: Labs are always held on Saturdays at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Special arrangements will be made for non-Irish residents.

Week 26 – Release & Review Materials ahead of Attending Laboratories
Introduction to Practical Chemistry
Materials for Laboratory Part 1 – Synthesis of Aspirin
Materials for Laboratory Part 2 – Organic Compound
Materials for Laboratory Part 3 – Calculations
Materials for Laboratory Part 4 – Preparation of Sodium Carbonate for washing soda using Titration

Week’s 27 – 30+ Attending Laboratory and Completion of an Online Exam

25-Week Advanced Career Coaching Programme

You’ll also have access to our Advanced Career Coaching programme where many of our trainees have been able to secure employment while still studying. This programme walks you through the job hunting process step by step. This is a hands-on course – everything you do within it will advance your job-hunting skills in a very practical way and take you a step closer to landing your ideal job within the pharma or med device industries.

The course covers topics including:

  • How to find the roles that are right for you
  • Assessing your own skill set and how to sell that to employers
  • CV and cover letter writing skills, with personalised feedback
  • How to Network  Effectively
  • How to use social media in your job hunt
  • Interview preparation

During the first 4 weeks we’ll introduce new skills and lay the groundwork for your job hunt. From week 5 onwards we’ll look to develop those skills and you’ll start applying for jobs.

In addition, you’ll also have access to a course advisor who is there to offer support and guidance, offer personalised feedback and provide additional resources in any areas you need a little extra help.

Academically Accredited by DIT

This CPD Certificate (Continuous Professional Development) is academically accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland subject to the submission of all assessments and end of module assignments.

  • CPD: Level 7
  • Programme Credits (ECTS): 15
  • Awarding Body: DIT

Admission Criteria

People with a technical, production, science, logistics or quality background who want to make a career change into the pharmaceutical, bio pharmaceutical and medical device industries or those already working in these sectors.

Recognized prior learning (RPL) will be taken into account in assessing applicants for this program.

Available Worldwide

This e(Bio) PharmaChem (DT 698) course is available worldwide and in certain US states.

Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of the people are in their 30’s and 40’s with some in their 20’s and 50’s.
Ideally, you should have at least 5 years relevant work experience or a technical qualification in science or engineering and a minimum of a second level qualification (High School Diploma, Leaving Certificate, A or O Levels, etc).

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What Courses Should I Take?

These are conversion courses to help people leverage off their qualifications and work experience to move into a career in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing. They are not for fresh graduates.

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