Manufacturing Assistant

These are entry-level positions for people with a high school diploma. With a two year degree, an individual can advance to a manufacturing technician position.

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Common requirements and abilities:

  • GED or high school diploma
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to perform consistent and repetitive tasks with a high level of accuracy
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Adaptable
  • Be able to lift 30 lbs
  • Some positions may include work in a Biosafety Level 2 lab (BSL-2) and a humidity-controlled environment

Manufacturing assistant jobs usually require a high school diploma. With a two-year degree, manufacturing assistants can advance to become manufacturing technicians.

These are entry-level positions for people with a high school diploma. With a two year degree, an individual can advance to a manufacturing technician position. Biotechnology manufacturing jobs are usually divided into “upstream” processes, where the protein products are produced by the cells, and “downstream” processes where these proteins are harvested, and packaged. An assistant can work in both areas. In upstream, the assistant is responsible for preparing media. Monitoring the upstream process, cleaning the equipment and performing routine maintenance to ensure that equipment remains in good working order. The person working in downstream may be responsible for preparing and monitor the equipment that separates the protein away from other components in the media or in the cell; harvest and concentrate the protein; and finally, package the protein. Again this person would also be responsible for cleaning up the laboratory. Since manufacturing is done in batches on a rotating schedule, the work is done in shifts over a 24-hour period seven days a week.

Manufacturing Assistants are responsible for assembly and/or packaging activities, such as loading machines, checking materials, pouching, kitting, and inspecting different aspects of assembled devices. On-the-job training may be provided.

They may be expected to:

  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) per GMP and modify/initiate SOPs for manufacturing processes.
  • Operate, troubleshoot, and maintain lab equipment and machinery.
  • Assist with packaging and shipping of finished product.
  • Clean and maintain the laboratory environment.

Alternate job titles: Aseptic fill assistant, Cell culture and fermentation assistant, Manufacturing associate, Manufacturing operator, Media preparation assistant, Packaging and filling inspector, Production assistant, and Purification assistant.

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