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Title:  Automation Engineer I

Requisition ID:  53711
Date:  Sep 23, 2022

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.
  • Work closely with other Engineers on process and programming issues. 
  • Troubleshoot and repair of all automation.
  • Assists Maintenance in troubleshooting and repairing other equipment. 
  • Evaluate and maintain accurate documentation of automation repairs and adjustments.
  • Develop and maintain required validation and project management documents
  • Maintain an inventory of automation spare parts with proper cataloging to minimize down time.
  • Establish and maintain an escalation plan to minimize downtime.
  • Provide timely notification to shift leaders and program managers of maintenance and down time issues.
  • Interface daily with engineering manager and shift support staff.
  • Conform with and abide by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.
  • Conduct or participate in routine project reviews with Project Teams and Management
  • Perform design work, layouts, sketches, concepts, etc. as needed for projects and/or plant layouts
  • Develop and/or review engineering change requests for modifications to processes, equipment and facilities
  • Ensure automation lines are meeting their targeted output and OEE by analyzing production data.
  • Maintain quality finished product through proper maintenance and operation of all automation. 
  • Exhibit 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:

  • 0-2 years of experience in related industry.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and environments
  • Experience in medical device industry or other regulated industry.
  • Proficient in technical writing
  • Proficient in reading electrical and pneumatic schematics
  • 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:

  • 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 be stressful due to competing resources.
  • Must maintain company and customer confidentiality at all times.
  • Must be able to work scheduled 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 be able to maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations.
  • Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve and prioritize.
  • Must be able to Learn and apply new information or new skills
  • Must be able to understand direction and adhere to established procedures.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in/understand the English language in verbal and written form.
  • Must have the ability to perform basic mathematical tasks like counting, adding, subtracting, and rounding and to record, balance and check for accuracy. 
  • May be required to lift heavy objects up to 25lbs without assistance.







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  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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