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Sr. Instrumentation Technician

Location Novato, California
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


This position is responsible for performing instrumentation activities including troubleshooting, calibration, installation, and repair in a cGMP regulated environment. 

This position will provide calibration/troubleshooting support necessary to ensure that the equipment and instruments used by the Facilities, Quality Control, and Manufacturing Departments are in a current state of calibration and working condition with an emphasis on minimizing down time for the customer.

A differential is paid for swing and graveyard shifts and for weekends and on-call.

  • Work on assignments that are complicated in nature.
  • Perform complex troubleshooting on instrumentation loops (i.e., various transmitters, PLC cards, sensing elements, and HMIs).
  • Perform calibrations and installations of various types of industrial processing control instrumentation including but not limited to: UV, DO2, pH, conductivity, pressure, flow, and temperature.
  • Write, edit, and review Calibration SOP’s for individual instrument calibrations to ensure accuracy and compliance.
  • Provide on the job training to other technicians.
  • Initiate Out of Tolerance Reports.
  • Assist in Reverse Trace or calibration related deviation investigations.
  • Operate various types of manufacturing equipment.
  • Review and approve instrument calibration records generated by contractors and by peers within the department.
  • Evaluate, complete, review, and approve ERF records within CMMS.
  • Provide on the job training to other technicians.
  • Support Validation in executing OQ tests during the startup of new equipment.
  • Perform shipping and return of Instrumentation standards and other instruments to off-site calibration vendors
  • Active member of BioMarin’s Emergency Response Team (BERT).
  • Ability to drive occasionally for work.
  • Other duties as requested by Instrumentation Management.
  • Completion of a 2-year technical program (instrumentation or industrial electronics) or an associate’s degree in a related science or engineering major. Extensive experience in calibration/instrumentation position may be considered.
  • Experience with PC programs such as Word, Excel, CMMS, or other database preferred.
  • Familiarity with HART protocol, DMMs (FLUKE 744/754) a plus.
  • Familiarity with ladder logic a plus.
  • Biotech or pharmaceutical: minimum 2 years.
  • Instrumentation or Calibration: minimum 5 years.
  • Electro-mechanical background a plus
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings (P&ID’s) and specifications.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills are required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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