Pfizer Manager, Maintenance Engineer in Kalamazoo, Michigan


The Maintenance Engineer (ME) functions as part of an integrated team to provide Maintenance and Engineering support to on-going Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) operation areas of the Kalamazoo, MI plant. This position works directly with the area Maintenance Team Leader and is integrated with the team of craftsmen and enablers who support that same operating area of responsibility. General responsibilities are to provide the technical program leadership and implementation activities to maximize the maintenance-related uptime and operating efficiencies of equipment and facility assets. The ME is also responsible for optimizing Preventative Maintenance (PM) strategies and for updating the associated planning and tracking systems. This position interacts extensively with the Operations Area in a business partner arrangement to achieve mutual production and uptime goals. The Maintenance Engineer also functions as an integral team member and Subject Matter Expert to support Capital Project upgrades in the area of responsibility.


  • Works closely with maintenance team, operations and Reliability Engineering to target maintainability issues, lower maintenance costs, and implement improvements.

  • Establishes the initial Preventive Maintenance / Calibration activities for equipment / instruments that are in accordance with the guidelines and specifications for that particular equipment / instrument class.

  • Extends, deactivates, and/or updates PM and Calibration activities through utilization of the PM / Calibration Optimization and Rationalization Program processes.

  • Selects the initial Maintenance Strategy for new equipment and provides updates to keep the strategy current.

  • Implements equipment reliability plans by ensuring job plans and tasks are established (Preventative Maintenance (PM), Predictive Maintenance (PdM), Calibrations, etc.).

  • Updates equipment reliability plans based upon Root Cause Failure Analysis results to further reduce the number of failures and minimize the effects of failures that do occur.

  • Performs root cause failure analysis of equipment deficiencies, develops, changes, and/or initiates maintenance activities such as PM, Condition Based Monitoring (CBM), lubrication programs, calibration, training, and spare parts strategies to improve performance and equipment availability.

  • Based on investigation results, develops design modification projects to improve performance and initiates work orders or capital projects to complete.

  • Provides input and oversight to equipment engineering standards.

  • Provide maintenance engineering input to Capital Project Engineering through equipment selection review, PM / Calibration activity development, spare parts needs, and training requirements.

  • Develops and implements plant safety improvements in their area of responsibility


  • Education: Engineering Degree (Mechanical or Chemical preferred), from an Accredited Institution

  • Experience: Minimum 9 years related Maintenance Engineering, Project Engineering, Plant Engineering and/or training associated with pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment and systems.

  • Language Skills: Excellent English reading, writing, speaking and communication skills required


  • Certificates, Licenses or Registrations: Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) (or equivalent) desired, but not required


The work environment ranges from office, to plant, to Maintenance shop. Colleague is frequently exposed to airborne particles and must work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Use of hearing, eye, hand and foot protection is required. Personal Protective Equipment applicable to the task must be worn at all times and is a condition of employment.


Occasional travel may be required (


While carrying out normal job duties, the ME has daily interactions with Operations (Sr. Mgr, Plant Engineers, Operations Specialists, and Operators), Maintenance Team Leaders, Maintenance Craftsmen, Maintenance Planners/Schedulers, and Reliability Engineering. The ME also interacts regularly with the team's Contractor Management Specialist to implement improvements or corrective actions in the plant via use of outside contractors.

Interacts regularly with capital project engineering teams as the Maintenance representative to capital projects and to implement capital improvements that are Maintenance Team driven.

Interacts regularly with contractors and suppliers while working on improvement or repair initiatives.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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Last Date to Apply for Job: 8/28/18

Eligible for Relocation Package

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