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Calibration Technician - Operations

Location Newark, Delaware, United States Job ID R-185961 Date posted 14.07.2024

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe.

Description:Location: Newark, DE

The Calibration Technician Performs calibrations following approved requirements. Ensures that measurement systems meet accuracy and precision requirements and maintains calibration methodologies, systems, and practices. Identifies magnitude of error sources contributing to uncertainty of results to determine reliability of measurement process in quantitative terms. Redesigns or adjusts measurement capability to minimize errors.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the calibration of instrumentation: loops, controllers, recorders, transmitters, balances and other devices used in pharmaceutical production. Parameters include, but are not limited to: temperature, pressure, weight, force and humidity.
  • Manage the site test instrument standards program.
  • Write and follow SOPs for the use, maintenance and calibration of instrumentation.
  • Must be able to work or be on-call as needed during other/off shifts and weekends when facility, production and/or equipment coverage is needed.
  • Troubleshooting and repair operational problems with facility or production related equipment or systems.
  • Identification, installation and testing of instrumentation.
  • Manage monthly calibration schedule and plan with the area owners accordingly.
  • Partner and supervise outside contractor personnel who are performing calibration activities on Site.
  • Manage capital projects for calibration test instrument upgrades or replacements. 
  • Support the compliance needs of the site by completing, and assisting others with, any required Change Control Documentation associated with Safety, Health, and Environmental or cGMP issues.
  • Support the compliance needs on calibration deviations and Manage the CAPAs
  • Initial deviations related to calibration 
  • Lead root cause investigation, and asset performance of all calibration or test instruments
  • Lead life cycle management of all test instruments
  • Analysis calibration trends on all instruments to proactively drive continuous improvements to all instruments.

Essential Requirements:

  • A High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Thorough familiarity with the analysis and repair of electrical/electronic control systems.
  • Working knowledge of pneumatic systems.
  • Understanding of concepts used in control system design and elementary programming is required.
  • Ten (10) years of maintenance experience in troubleshooting, installation, and repair of electrical/electronic system or an Associate’s Degree in a technical discipline and five (5) years of maintenance experience in troubleshooting, installation, and repair of electrical/electronic system.
  • Strong organization, decision-making, judgment, and team-oriented skills are essential to manage multiple projects of variable complexity.  
  • Solid interpersonal skills are required in order to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization in various functional areas.
  • Must possess strong written communication and documentation skills.
  • One or more of the below qualifications as related to Instrument Calibrations:
  • Successful completion of a post secondary education program in metrology.
  • Demonstrated calibration experience in a government regulated industry such as pharmaceutical, nuclear or aviation.
  • Armed services experience and training in a calibration function
  • Professional certification from a nationally recognized body such as the Instrument Society of America (ISA)
  • Company sponsored instrument apprenticeship/qualification program

Key Relationships to reach solutions

Internal (to AZ or team)

  • F/E Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality Control
  • Research & Development
  • Training
  • Regulatory Affairs


  • Contract Service Providers

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. 

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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