Manufacturing technicians in the pharmaceutical field work with various machinery, including machines for coating, dispensing, printing, and tableting, in order to create medicine. As such, they must have exceptional knowledge of this machinery and how to operate it according to exact specifications.
These technicians are responsible for dispensing ingredients for particular drugs into machines, and it is also important that they keep their machines and work stations clean and sanitized at all times. They may also have testing/maintenance duties to ensure that machines are running efficiently at all times and their dosing and timing is accurate. When problems are detected, manufacturing technicians either solve them independently or refer them to management or a third party; quality control may also be a responsibility.
This job often requires working in a noisy factory environment, and some positions require operation of heavy machinery such as forklifts. Some record-keeping skills are necessary in order to document manufacturing activity. Generally, a high school diploma is required, and some positions require knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing while others provide training after hiring.
Manufacturing Technician, Pharmaceuticals Tasks
Confirm correct materials and appropriate quantities are used, report any discrepancies.
Maintain records in a facility environment.
Perform equipment duties in production according to standard operating procedures.
Assist with daily manufacturing operations in manufacturing facility.