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Engineering Maintenance Job Descriptions & Salaries

Engineering Maintenance Job Descriptions & Salaries

View our pharmaceutical job descriptions and salary guide and see which position is best for you along with your estimated starting salary.

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Process Engineer

Job description – Process Engineers develop, manage, and improve manufacturing processes that produce Active Pharmaceutical ingredients. The Process engineer starts with a chemical synthesis and utilizing their understanding of Chemical Processing Unit Operations will develop a manufacturing process that ensures that high quality product are produced in a safe and efficient manner. The manufacturing process will then be automated by the process engineer and finally run in the production facility.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 30,000 – 38,000
  • 3-5 years: 38,000 – 45,000
  • 5+ years: 45,000 – 60,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 96,350

Average UK salary (£) – 35,000

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in scientific field or chemical engineering, previous experience within a manufacturing environment is advantageous.

Career path – Senior Engineer > Engineering Manager > Engineering Director

Engineer (Projects)

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 30,000 – 38,000
  • 3-5 years: 38,000 – 48,000
  • 5+ years: 45,000 – 55,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 93,650

Average UK salary (£) – 32,203

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in scientific field or chemical engineering, previous experience within a manufacturing environment is advantageous.

Career path – Senior Engineer > Engineering Manager > Engineering Director

Engineer (Production/Chemical)

Job description – Have input at all stages of the industrial production process (design, developing, installing and operating). They may be involved in researching new products and technologies as well as maximising efficiency and productivity of working plants.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 30,000 – 38,000
  • 3-5 years: 38,000 – 48,000
  • 5+ years: 45,000 – 55,000+

Average U.S. salary ($) – 103,590

Average UK salary (£) – 70,000 (chartered)

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in engineering, relevant work experience advantageous

Career path – Senior Engineer > Manufacturing Lead/Manager > Production Director

Associate Engineer

Job description – Usually involved in supervision of multiple teams. Work in oversight of engineering processes, analysing effectiveness and suggesting improvements.

  • 0-3 years: 25,000 – 30,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 45,000
  • 5+ years: 45,000 +

strong>Average U.S. salary ($) – 86,179

Average UK salary (£) – 45,000

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in Engineering and experience in appropriate engineering role.

Career path – Engineer

Electrician

Job description – Full support of the electrical systems within the manufacturing process including installation, maintenance and repair.

Average Irish salary ($) – 36,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 51,000

Average UK salary (£) – 25,000

Ideal background – Successful completion of apprenticeship and fully licensed. Experience in a manufacturing setting highly desirable.

Career path – Senior Electrician > Facilities Supervisor > Facilities Manager

Electrician Technician

Job description – Calibration, maintenance and repair of electronic instruments used within the manufacture process.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 25,000 – 32,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 38,000
  • 5+ years: 34,000 – 44,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 60,330

Average UK salary (£) – 21,000

Ideal background – Fully licensed. Experience within a manufacture setting highly desirable.

Career path – Senior Technician > Supervisor

HVAC Supervisor

Job description – Planning, organising and directing of employees involved with all aspects of the heating and air conditioning systems. This includes installation, maintenance and repair and may involved supervision of contract staff. Responsible for inspection of work to ensure it meets all internal and external safety and quality requirements.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 25,000 – 30,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 34,000
  • 5+ years: 34,000 – 44,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 66,970

Average UK salary (£) – 36,500

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in Facilities Management or similar. Previous role as HVAC Technician highly desirable and previous supervisory experience advantageous.

Career path – HVAC Manager > Facilities Manager

HVAC Technician

Job description – Involved with all aspects of installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning and heating systems, ensuring all work meets necessary requirements.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 25,000 – 30,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 35,000
  • 5+ years: 35,000+

Average U.S. salary ($) – 55,470

Average UK salary (£) – 37,500

Ideal background – High school level qualification and HVAC experience highly desirable.

Career path – HVAC Mechanic > HVAC Supervisor > HVAC Manager

Industrial Engineer

Job description – Designs, develops and installs components to produce high quality output in line with regulations and in a cost-effective manner. May be involved with supervision of Technicians.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 30,000 – 38,000
  • 3-5 years: 38,000 – 48,000
  • 5+ years: 45,000 – 55,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 85,080

Average UK salary (£) – 33,000

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in mechanical, industrial or electrical engineering. Previous experience as an engineer in an industrial setting is advantageous.

Career path – Senior Industrial Engineer > Production Manager > Operations Manager

Instrumentation Engineer

Job description – Provision of computer programming and instrumentation support as well as designing and developing specialised instrumentation and equipment as required.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 25,000 – 38,000
  • 3-5 years: 38,000 – 48,000
  • 5+ years: 45,000 – 55,000

Average U.S. salary ($) -85,110

Average UK salary (£) – 36,000

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. Experience with instrumentation in a manufacture setting advantageous.

Career path – Senior Instrumentation Engineer

Maintenance Supervisor

Job description – Coordination of safety, maintenance and equipment needs across the entire manufacturing site. Involved in development of staff training procedures in these areas also.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 30,000 – 40,000
  • 3-5 years: 40,000 – 50,000
  • 5+ years: 50,000+

Average U.S. salary ($) – 57,000

Average UK salary (£) – 28,000

Ideal background – Bachelors degree in a related field or a bachelors degree supplemented with relevant maintenance experience. Supervisory experience advantageous.

Career path – Maintenance Manager > Facilities Manager

Maintenance Technician

Job description – Assists in maintenance procedures, testing and adjustment. May be tasked with specific set of machines for which responsibility is given for set up, adjustment and maintenance as required. Must keep accurate records of testing and quality assessments. Assesses delays in the production process as well as any change in standards of output, correcting accordingly.

Salary ranges* based on years of experience (€) –

  • 0-3 years: 28,000 – 32,000
  • 3-5 years: 30,000 – 38,000
  • 5+ years: 34,000 – 40,000

Average U.S. salary ($) – 55,660

Average UK salary (£) – 23,000

Ideal background – Maintenance operations experience advantageous.

Career path – Senior Technician; Supervisor > Production Executive

References

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