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Lauridsen Group Inc. Maintenance Technician in Boone, Iowa

Job Description:

To assist in the maintenance of equipment and systems used in the fractionation of bovine plasma into high purity scientific products for the diagnostic, pharmaceutical and research markets in compliance with Proliant CGMPs, FDA, USDA, and OSHA regulations.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Strictly adhere to Proliant Biologicals Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and all safety guidelines for production of products and maintenance of a controlled manufacturing environment.

  • Understanding of basic FDA and USDA regulatory requirements as they relate to maintenance of bio-processing and utility equipment.

  • Assist in the maintenance of the necessary documentation to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements in bioprocessing operations.

  • Assist with mechanical and electrical troubleshooting and repair of all the plant equipment including pumps, motors, centrifuges, valves, air compressors, boilers and refrigeration systems.

  • Performance and documentation of daily equipment preventive maintenance including calibrations on temperature transmitters, pH probes, conductivity probes and chart recorders.

  • Support Bio-Process Technicians and Assistants-- if needed-- in performance of their duties and improvement of bioprocessing operations.

  • Assist in the maintenance of documentation records and evaluation of data that permits the analysis of production efficiencies and trends.

  • Maintain a clean manufacturing environment by performing routine cleaning of the manufacturing facility and preventative cleaning/maintenance on equipment as needed.

  • Assist to develop, schedule, perform and maintain preventative maintenance work on

  • building and equipment.

  • Contribute to continuous improvement of maintenance methods and processes.

  • Operate company vehicle and forklift as required.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to handle materials in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Ability to learn and work under Bulk Pharmaceutical Chemical Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) with established procedures and detailed documentation requirements.

  • Ability to learn and safely operate various types of scientific and computerized equipment/machinery required in job duties.

  • Ability to interpret and work from oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to occasionally operate forklift and/or pallet jacks and to drive a vehicle and maintain valid driver’s license.

  • Ability to move freely throughout the bioprocessing area.

  • Ability to legibly document data for record-keeping purposes.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with Proliant Biologicals personnel.

  • Ability to remain calm and professional.

  • Work in a congenial, cooperative manner with all other employees at all times.

  • Ability to read, write and comprehend instructions related to liquid fractionation, separation, concentration, filtration, centrifugation and other related duties.

  • Knowledge of organizational methods and the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to operate all necessary plant and office equipment required to accomplish job duties, such as computers, office telephones including voice mail features, fax machines, etc.

  • Ability to work daily, weekends and extended hours as necessary. Ability to be on call as needed.

  • Ability to assist other work-related areas, as required.

  • Ability to learn and operate windows environment software, such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proliant preventive scheduling software through Infor/MAPICS systems.

BASIC PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Approximate: 8 to12-Hour Day (may be longer or require flexibility to accommodate production schedule)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Continuous

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Frequent

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Frequent

Reaching Above Shoulder - Frequent

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Frequent

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Frequent

Protected Heights - Occasional

Lifting Weights from 0 to 60 pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 2,000 pounds - Occasional

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Frequent

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Occasional

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition - Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform

Job Duties - Yes

Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas - Frequent

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - Occasional

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Frequent

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A

Office/Desk - Occasional

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

High school diploma or GED required. Associate’s degree in Industrial Maintenance or related field preferred.

Experience:

1-2 years’ experience in an industrial manufacturing environment preferred; strong mechanical aptitude; basic knowledge of pneumatics, electrical (24 v controls to 480 v 3 phase), air compressors, sanitary pumps, boilers, valves and associated liquid handling equipment preferred. Basic knowledge of PLC’s, refrigeration systems, and water systems are a plus.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.

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