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Title:  Automation Engineer

Requisition ID:  37497
Date:  Oct 15, 2021

Tempe, Arizona, US

Department:  Engineering



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:

In this role, you will be responsible for maintaining operation efficiency of automated assembly lines. Provide support to shift operations as needed. Develop long-term predictive/preventative maintenance plans for all assembly equipment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and maintain proper machine safeties to ensure employees are protected when operating any piece of automation.
  • Evaluate and participate in equipment design and manufacturability.
  • Ensure automation lines are meeting their targeted output and OEE.
  • Maintain quality finished product through proper maintenance and operation of all automation. 
  • Program, Troubleshoot and repair of all automation.
  • Assists Maintenance in troubleshooting and repairing other equipment. 
  • Coordinate and Perform end of arm repairs and fabrication.
  • Evaluates and maintains accurate documentation of automation repairs and adjustments.
  • Maintain an inventory of automation spare parts with proper cataloging to minimize down time.
  • Establish and maintain an escalation plan to minimize downtime.
  • Improve line efficiencies using line history and production data.  
  • Provide timely notification to shift leaders and program managers of maintenance and down time issues.
  • Interfaces daily with engineering manager and shift support staff.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.
  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned


Automation includes – assembly machines/fixtures, label applicators, robots, end of arms, separators and test equipment.  Any other equipment assigned by management.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education or Equivalent Experience: 4-year technical degree


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 3-5 years of experience in related industry.
  • Experience in medical device industry or other regulated industry.
  • Background with medical/pharmaceutical clinical trials would be a plus.
  • Knowledge of quality systems requirements, FDA Quality System Regulation, cGMP and ISO 9002


Travel Requirements:

  • Minimal


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • List Must be able to work a 40-hour work week, plus overtime and/or irregular hours as required to complete assignments. May stand or sit for extended periods of time. Must transport oneself to and from other areas of the facility and travel to other divisions when necessary. Must have good visual acuity. If specifically necessitated by
  • customer requirements, must be able to see with or without corrective lenses and distinguish color differences for product and safety issues.
  • Medical Device manufacturing requires strict adherence to standards. Working environment is a manufacturing facility, which houses plastic injection molding machines. Must tolerate fumes and particulate generated from various plastics. Work areas are equipped with adequate lighting, cooling/heating and equipment that are in a good working condition. Must work constructively in an environment that may always be stressful due to competing resources while maintaining company confidentiality.


  • Non-US only where required for certain levels







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to kimberley.eby@westpharma.com.  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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