Another often overlooked path into this sector is to apply for a job with many of the service companies that work together with this sector – especially with the engineering consultancies that design, build, and service this sector’s manufacturing facilities.
This is an excellent path especially for anyone with a chemical, process, petrochemical, project, validation, automation, electrical, mechanical, maintenance, plant, environmental quality, CAD design, or even civil engineering background.
Other highly relevant backgrounds and job roles would be in environmental science, instrumentation and calibration technicians, HVAC technicians, architects, quantity surveyors, cost estimators, pipefitters and coded welders, documentation control, and project planners.
In contrast to working directly for a pharma or medical device manufacturing company on ongoing internal projects, you would be more likely to work on large-scale capital projects. This type of work pays well, often with significant opportunities for overtime. The work is often more varied but you do have to move from project to project and your long-term work schedule will be far less predictable.
In the interest of full disclosure, we should mention that our former parent company was an engineering consultancy that builds pharmaceutical manufacturing plants.