As a project engineer, coming from outside this sector, your main opportunities would be managing capital projects within the pharmaceutical industry, medical device industry or the many engineering consultancies that focus on these sectors.
Depending on your background, you probably won’t need training in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) while working on capital projects but it would certainly help bolster your qualifications. In addition, you should certainly consider learning the basics of IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocols as you are definitely going to encounter them on a regular basis.
Another career option would be to retrain for validation roles.
And finally, you retrain and move into plant engineering roles.
Apart from “Project Engineer” or “Senior Project Engineer”, here are some of the more common job titles we see advertised.
- Project Automation (OEM) Engineer
- Project Engineer, (Ops Readiness)
- Project Engineer- Service & Maintenance
- Engineering Projects Manager
- Project Manager (Pharma)
So you would have roughly the following broad 3 options.
Apply for project engineering roles with engineering consultancies or pharma companies.
Polish up your CV/Resume and apply as you are. You could apply for advertised positions or you could send out speculative job applications.
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.
You might consider bolstering your qualifications by taking our 6-week GMPs Training Course for Beginners in the Pharmaceutical Industry to learn about the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and the risk management techniques used in the FDA regulated manufacturing environment.
Bolster your qualification and take our 15-Week Online Validation Training Program and learn to populate an IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocol.
IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocols form a crucial part of pharmaceutical plant projects and having a fundamental understanding of how these protocols are put together and interpreted is a fundamental skillset of any project engineer working in this area.
Take the following programs to get a better understanding of the plant engineering and validation process used in pharmaceutical companies.
Pharma needs purified water, steam and clean air to work and these systems have to be monitored, managed, updated and validated.
Here, you’d need to take the following programs
Take our 18-week online Conversion Course into Engineering Roles in Pharma to learn GMPs and how safe medicines are made in a regulated environment and how the purified water, steam and clean air systems that underpin aseptic processing work.
You will receive a strong grounding in the modern pharmaceutical science and engineering concepts of the environmental controls (air) and clean utility systems design that underpin an aseptic manufacturing facility and the quality systems.
Then take our 10-Week Online Starter Validation Program to learn how those systems are validated.