A Maintenance Technician within a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing facility performs routine maintenance of equipment and machinery and helps troubleshoot and repair any mechanical or electrical problems when they arise.
According to the BLS, the median annual wage for Maintenance Technicians was $52,860 in May 2019 with projected job growth of 10% from 2016 to 2026. In addition, maintenance technicians often have to work shifts or provide on-call support to deal with any emergency breakdowns and as a result, can earn significant amounts of overtime pay throughout the year.
Let’s take a closer look at the details of maintenance and the role of a maintenance technician.
A Maintenance Technician performs routine maintenance procedures and helps troubleshoot and quickly repair any mechanical or electrical problems should they arise with the manufacturing processes and supporting equipment and systems in the facility. His or her day-to-day tasks can vary greatly based on what needs attention at the time.
The ultimate aim of the maintenance team in a company is to keep the manufacturing process 100% operational and minimize the amount of downtime. Failure in this can result in a reduction in output of a finished product, compromised quality standards which can lead to the destruction of a faulty product, catastrophic reputational damage, and a loss of revenue for the company.
For that reason, the role of maintenance is crucial within a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing plant.
Another key responsibility is to keep up-to-date documentation especially in the highly controlled and regulated environment of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing.
This can be used to show that regular checks and preventative procedures were carried out in line with both company and external protocols. It also ensures a paper trail of interventions and repairs carried out on the manufacturing equipment – this is also essential to maintain adherence to regulation.