Production, manufacturing and industrial engineers bring a lot of strengths to this sector especially those with a strong background in the application of Lean Manufacturing principles.
The majority of roles tend to be in:
- medical device manufacturing as there is a much broader use of discrete manufacturing
- engineering consultancies also hire manufacturing production engineers into process optimisation consultancy roles
Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing will also have roles but the majority (but not all) tend to be concentrated around packaging operations (Think running a highly automated packaging line).
Another option would be to retrain for validation roles as your background in engineering design and interpreting technical drawings are relevant to this field.
For most roles though, you are going to benefit from some retraining, especially in GMPs and risk management techniques.
Apart from “Production Engineer”, “Manufacturing Engineer” and occasionally “Industrial Engineer”, we often see these job titles advertised.
- Production Process Engineer
- Operations Manager (Manufacturing)
- Operations Manager
- Production Manager
Now depending on the job description, (and this does vary widely), the following skills or experience could be a useful addition to your application.
- Knowledge of PLC and machine automation logic and automated process debugging.
- Competent in working in a validated environment with strong discipline with regard to change control and process validation.
- Know how to operate and manage production operations within a cleanroom environment.
So you would have roughly 2 broad options to bolster your application.
Apply for Production/Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering roles as you are.
Polish up your CV/Resume and apply as you are. However, our GMP Training Course for Beginners in the Pharmaceutical Industry will certainly help bolster your qualification. You could apply for advertised positions or you could send out speculative job applications.
Please note though that it is almost impossible to anticipate how HR or hiring managers will react to your application as there are so many variables. For example, how badly does the company need to hired someone, how tight is the job market, how good are your networking, interviewing and job-hunting skills, etc. This is going to be very much a numbers and persistence game. The more positions you apply for, the better your chances.
Retrain for production/manufacturing/operations roles within a GMP regulated manufacturing environment such as medical device or pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Take our 18-week online Conversion Course into Engineering Roles in Pharma to learn GMPs and how safe medicines and medical devices are made in a regulated environment. You will also learn the air, water and steam systems that underpin medical device manufacturing.
Retrain for validation roles for both pharmaceutical companies and engineering consultancies.
Take our Validation Training Course – For Starter Validation Roles and retrain for the following roles:
- Validation Technician – Some pharma companies call this role:
- CQV Specialist
- C&Q Specialist
- Associate QA Validation Specialist
- C&Q Junior Project Manager
- Equipment & Process Validation Specialist
- QA Validation Associate
- QA Validation Specialist
- Validation Team Member
With validation roles, you could work directly for a pharmaceutical company on in-house projects or work for an engineering consultancy or engineering contractor as part of a project team on large capital projects.
(Note that actual job titles may vary – the distinction is more between who’d employ you and what type of projects you’d work on).