As an automation or control engineer coming from outside this sector, you are in an excellent position to apply for automation roles in this sector. The majority of roles are with:
- pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing sectors working full-time on in-house projects.
- the numerous engineering consultancies that focus on these sectors.
There is a high demand for people with your skillset across multiple markets. You generally don’t need any additional training but you could certainly benefit from taking a course on GMPs if you have no experience working in a GMP manufacturing environment and also on computer system validation (CSV).
For a list of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and engineering consultancies, click here if you are in Ireland and here if you are in the United Kingdom. Read this article to see the Top 10 Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Industry Hubs in the USA. For other locations, do a search for engineering consultancies for the pharma of med device sector.
Apart from the general “Automation Engineer”, “Senior Automation Engineer” or “Control Engineer” job tiles, here are some other titles we often see advertised.
- Project Automation Engineer (OEM)
- Senior Automation DeltaV Engineer
- Lead Automation Engineer
- Automation Foxboro Engineer
- DeltaV Automation Engineer
- Automation Engineer – MES Lead
- OEM Automation Engineer
- Intermediate Control Systems Engineer
- Instrumentation & Controls Systems Engineer (Pharma)
You’d have the following 2 options to help bolster your qualifications.
Bolster your qualifications by taking our 5-week GMPs Training for Beginners Course to learn about the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and the risk management techniques used in the FDA regulated manufacturing environment.
Take our Computer System Validation Course and extend your role to CSV Projects. Round out your qualifications and give yourself a competitive edge in the marketplace.