Facilities Technician

Facilities Technicians are responsible for the operation and maintenance of biomanufacturing buildings and equipment. They monitor operations daily.

Fast Facts & Skills

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Education & Training: 

A high school degree plus some vocational training is often sufficient.  

Certifications: A license in boiler operations may be helpful. 

Common requirements and abilities:

  • Able to lift 75 lbs occassionally
  • Able to follow directions and work independently
  • Outdoor and roof work may be required.
  • Ability to read and follow technical instructions and drawings.
  • Mechanical aptitude: possess the skills to assemble using hand and power tools.
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and its application to the job.
  • Ability to complete required production documentation.
  • Basic computer skills with Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Facilities Technicians are responsible for the operation and maintenance of biomanufacturing buildings and equipment. They monitor operations daily. They oversee systems that include heating, lighting, refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing, water purification, air filtering, and electrical systems.

Facilities Technicians perform preventative maintenance on equipment and troubleshoot problems. They repair equipment and systems when they break. They must document everything they do. A Facilities Technician must be able to understand, recommend and install new systems. They may provide and add corrections to Standard Operating Procedures and assist engineers in evaluating new equipment or technology. They replace equipment and components as necessary and keep an inventory of spare parts. Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMPs) and major trades, such as carpentry, electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration, is required.

Facilities Technicians conduct regular inspections to ensure compliance with all requirements, policies and procedures relevant to the position. They maintain accurate records for reporting. They may do both interior or exterior maintenance duties (such as floor and facility cleaning, snow removal, landscaping). They ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies including FDA, OSHA, EPA, Fire Department, City Codes, Health Department, etc.

Facilities Technicians are also called Maintenance Technicians or Facility Maintenance Technicians.

Where to Work and Learn

Example Employers: 

InnovATEBIO programs offer degrees, certificates, or teach skills in these related areas.

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