Manufacturing Jobs

When you think about manufacturing, what comes to mind? Loud machines, working conditions that match the outside temperatures, poorly lit rooms? Bioscience manufacturing is clean manufacturing in controlled environments. And you can hear yourself think.’

If you see a Manufacturing job title that looks interesting, click it to learn more about the job, required education, the salary and work environment.

Overview

Annual salary range: $20,000 – $140,000+

Education range: HS Diploma – PhD

Factoid: Bioscience jobs in Ohio paid an average wage of $75,523 encompassing all occupations, not just scientists and executives… in comparison, the average wage for all industries in Ohio in 2011 was $42,588.

Entry Level Jobs

Assembler

Description:
Assembles diagnostic and imaging equipment; responsible for molding and assembling plastic components, ensuring parts meet quality standards.

Education:
High school diploma/equivalent and 0-2 years related experience

Salary Range:
$27, 800 – $41,000; Average: $30,000

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic industry.

Formulation Technician Associate / Specialist

Description:
Primarily responsible for the routine preparation of test articles for use in studies (dilutions, suspensions, solutions, dietary blending, filling capsules, counting tablets dermal preparations, and test article dispensations).

Education:
AS degree in Chemistry/Science or Pharmaceutical certification (CPHT); May require a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry or Pharmacy Certification

Salary Range:
$38,000 – $63,000; Average: $45,250

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Inventory Control Technician

Description:
Purchase, control and manage pharmaceutical inventory. Monitor and oversee personnel involved in purchasing and restocking activities

Education:
High school diploma/equivalent and 0-2 years related experience

Salary Range:
$35,000 – $55,000; Average: $45,000

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industry.

Maintenance Technician

Description:
Performs maintenance, testing, troubleshooting, calibration and repair on a variety of circuits, components, analytical equipment and instrumentation for laboratory and manufacturing equipment. Specifies and requests purchase of components. Analyzes results and may develop test specifications and electrical schematics. Maintains all logs and required documentation.

Education:
Normally requires a high school diploma and a minimum of 0-2 years related experience.

Salary Range:
$36,500 – $69,200; Average: $46,500

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industry.

Mid Level Jobs

Associate Product Manager

Description:
Support Senior Product manager to understand current and future customer and channel partner needs relating to the form/fit/function and feature/benefits of current and new products and may include a new and complementary product line that targets new customers and channels.

Education:
Bachelor s degree in Sales & Marketing, Engineering or related field. 5+ years of sales, marketing or product management experience in related industry.

Salary Range:
$46,200 – $113,600; Average: $74,000

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic industry.

Manufacturing Supervisor

Description:
Supervises research and development to manufacturing; supervises and maintains purification production methods, processes, and operations for new or existing products; implements and maintains production schedules; provides guidance to employees to ensure that operations meet Good Manufacturing Practice

Education:
B.S. and 3-5 years experience working knowledge of cell culture aseptic techniques, and scale-up operations in accordance with cur Good Manufacturing Practice

Salary Range:
$42,000 – $92,500; Average: $61,000

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industry.

Tooling Engineer

Description:
Designs new modified tooling, including progressive dies. Ensures pertinent documentation or required standard project deliverables. Trains support staff in resolving tooling equipment problems using systematic methods of troubleshooting root cause analysis and corrective action; works with project engineers in new product development activities.

Education:
AS Engineering Technology Degree and 5 plus years of experience. May require a Bachelors Degree in Engineering

Salary Range:
$54,000 – $110,000; Average: 72,000

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Medical Device industry.

Advanced Level Jobs

Director of Manufacturing

Description:
Responsible for the development, implementation, and support of manufacturing business systems including clinical and commercial production activities; ensures plans and resources are efficiently utilized to ensure uninterrupted supply of company products; oversees hiring, development and retention of manufacturing staff; develops operating plans and budgets as well as working relationships with internal and external partners

Education:
B.S. in sciences, M.S. preferred and 10+ years experience in all aspects of manufacturing, processing in pharmaceutical/biotechnology environment; previous management or project experience, knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice, Good Laboratory Practic

Salary Range:
$42,800-$145,000; Average: $82,662

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Director of Production

Description:
Directs all stages of product development for new products and technologies from laboratory through pilot plant and manufacturing scale including managing development, implementation, and maintenance of process methods and equipment for the production of process formulas, technologies, and products; oversees production schedules and recommends manufacturing policies.

Education:
PhD in biomedical engineering or related area and 7-10 years experience in product development or BS/MS with 12+years experience in product development.

Salary Range:
$42,800-$145,000; Average: $82,662

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic and Medical Device industry.

Case Study

Ellen - Boeringer Ingelheim, Roxanne Labs

“If you told me five years ago that I’d be working in bioscience, I would have laughed out loud.”

Ellen studied graphic design in College and then went on to a 20 year career in Sales. During the recent recession, however, sales jobs disappeared and she found herself in need of a new career, a new direction. “If you told me five years ago that I would be working in the scientific field, I would have laughed out loud”.

A friend invited her to an orientation for the Bioscience program at Columbus State Community College and just a few months later, she had a new career at Boeringer Ingleheim – Roxanne Labs in Columbus.

The CSCC program prepared her to work in Pharmaceuticals not only by giving her the skills needed to do the job, but helping her to become aware of the many companies in and around Columbus working in the Pharmaceuticals industry.

Boeriner Ingleheim has approximately 2500 employees just in the Columbus area. The operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week working to prepare drugs safely and effectively, and getting them out to pharmacies and eventually to patients whose health depends on them.

“I was a bit intimidated by the science, but Dr. Miller at Columbus State was incredible and I quickly got the hang of it.” CSCC invited Boeringer Ingleheim and a number of other companies came to the graduation, holding informational interviews on the spot. The interviews were followed by plenty of testing before the job offer came, but the program prepared her for that and within 30 days, Ellen was working in their Columbus facility.

Everyone at BIRL starts on the packaging line. Ellen worked on a huge machine, putting the tablets into a hopper and then into the bottles for sales at your local pharmacy. She ran seven machines on that line, each needing to be carefully calibrated and monitored. It took several months to understand the process and be able to do it properly. When a job opened up in the Dispensing division, Ellen went after it. Even though it was technically a lateral move, she knew that it would expose her to more of the drug making process and get her ready for career advancement.

She is now working on a lung drug called Spirevia. Dispensing is more complicated than packaging – it involves taking the raw product, using high tech equipment and instruments to measure the correct amounts, going through processes called “charging” and “granulation”, mixing with a variety of ingredients to create correct consistence, them compressing the material in the Solids area for dispensing . Taking the material thought these multiple steps process has helped her appreciate the complexity of the process, and to recognize the importance of maintaining quality all along the way. She hopes to parlay this experience into a job in the Quality division of the company, where many more opportunities are available in the pharmaceuticals industry, as well as other industries such as food production.

When asked what advice she would give to someone thinking about going into this line of work, Ellen doesn’t hesitate. “Just go for it” she encourages. “Sure it’s a challenge, but there are too many good opportunities and interesting jobs to pass up.”