Master Instrumentation Technician

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Job Description


Job Title: Master Instrumentation Technician

Reports To: Field Service Supervisor/Top Management

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


Master level calibration technician who conducts calibration of equipment typically used by biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and electronic/electromechanical firms. Mentors/guides lesser experienced technicians.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




Ten (10) + year’s instrument maintenance/calibration experience in the medical device, pharmaceutical or related industries. Includes calibration data base management. Minimum three (3) years experience as a lead technician or other technical leadership role(s).




Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Biomedical or Life Sciences preferred. Associates Degree in Electronics acceptable. Military training in calibration/instrumentation, mechanical or electrical engineering or technology acceptable depending upon extent and content. Diploma from vocational programs such as Heald, ITT or DeVry acceptable. Certification by American Society for Quality a plus. Minimum ten (10) years directly applicable experience may be substituted in lieu of education requirements.


Essential Responsibilities (Include but are not limited to the following functions):


  • Perform routine and complex work, with no or limited supervision
  • Calibrate, repair and troubleshoot electronic, mechanical/dimensional and electro-mechanical test and measurement equipment. Equipment includes but is not limited to:


1) Thermometers

2) Pressure gauges

3) Transmitters

4) Probes

5) Flow

6) Calipers

7) Micrometers

8) Chart recorders

9) Electronic balances

10) Single and multichannel manual or electronic pipettes

11) Centrifuges

12) Single and Multichannel Pipettes

13) pH meters

14) Conductivity

15) Humidity

16) Force

17) Speed

18) Time

19) Torque

20) Autoclaves

21) Lyophilizers

22) DI Water/Steam Systems

23) Sterilizers

24) Air Samplers


  • Understanding of metrology terms, techniques and applications, metric system
  • Work in a calibration laboratory
  • Provide reliable personal transportation to and from Lab or Customer site prior to or following working hours
  • Drive company vehicles and as needed, personal vehicles during working hours
  • Use calibration procedures and measurement systems on customer equipment in compliance with either A&P Calibrations, Inc. or customer requirements
  • Troubleshoot to component lever, repair/PM
  • Develop procedures, work instructions and forms
  • Provide input for personnel reviews/evaluations
  • Perform IQ/OQ/PQ validations
  • Evaluate results of calibrations for certificate acceptance to deliver to QA
  • Report Opinions and Interpretations


Non-Essential Responsibilities:


  • Works flexible schedules, overnight/multiple day travel
  • Orders parts/manuals/supplies
  • Trains lesser experienced technicians
  • Assists with internal, customer/regulatory audits
  • Schedules work
  • Designee for Operations Management for technical decisions, document access and approvals, and will provide input for evaluations
  • May assist management with lab operations
  • May plan calibration activities in conjunction with office staff
  • May modify specifications and methods, and participate in validations in conjunction with QA or more senior technicians



Supervisory Responsibilities:


  • May include direct reports as assigned by Management and reflected on the Organization Chart.


Language Skills:


  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedures and manuals. Ability to write reports, correspondence, forms and procedures, and complete forms. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, Management, or employees of A&P Calibrations, Inc. Ability to make effective presentations.


Mathematical Skills:


  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts, such as percentages, ratios, metrics, decimal place and specification/tolerance interpretation, and parameter conversions. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry, proportions, concepts and application of statistical process control (SPC). Use of Uncertainty Calculator.


Reasoning Ability:


  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Ability to make accept/reject/adjust decisions based upon data and equipment performance.


Specialized Training:


  • Military electronics and/or calibration preferred
  • Vocational preferred.


Certificates and Licenses:


  • ASQ Certified Calibration Technician preferred
  • Valid California Drivers License
  • PMEL


Equipment to include but not limited to:


  • Electronic Calibrators
  • Electronic Simulators
  • Decade Boxes/Resistance Substitutes
  • Pressure Calibrators/Dead Weight Testers
  • Digital Multimeters
  • Digital Thermometers- SPRTs/Superthermometers
  • Flow Meters
  • Timing Devices
  • Speed/RPM Meters
  • Temperature Probes (RTD/PRT)
  • Electronic Balances/Scales
  • Dimensional measuring devices
  • Temperature mediums-baths, liquid nitrogen




  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Reading, including schematic diagrams
  • Computer literacy and database knowledge:


1) Keyboard entry

2) Laptop use/synchronize to database

3) Microsoft Office- Spreadsheets, Word documents/word processing

4) Power Point

5) Access

6) Calibration data bases such as Blue Mountain, MudCats, Maximo

7) Pipette Tracker


  • Understanding of cGMPs and ISO and impact of Quality Systems
  • Customer Relations
  • Organization and Planning
  • Electronics and/or troubleshooting, to component level
  • Time management, multi-task and set priorities
  • Problem solving
  • Professional and reliable
  • Analytical
  • Good understanding of PLC function, programming and automation
  • Calculate Uncertainty of Measurement
  • Lead cross-functional teams


Physical Requirements:


  • Use of PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Able to lift and move objects without assistance, minimum 75lbs.
  • Utilize hand trucks, dollies, pallet jacks
  • Accurate Vision at all ranges (close and distant)
  • Depth perception/adjust focus
  • Peripheral Vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
  • Ability to see and distinguish color
  • Manual dexterity

Frequent Activities:


  • Speaking and hearing
  • Writing/keyboard entry
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Use of hands
  • Reaching with arms and hands


Occasional Activities:


  • Bending
  • Balancing
  • Stooping/kneeling
  • Crouching and crawling
  • Pulling
  • Climbing and balancing
  • Use of the sense of smell


Work Environment:


  • Occasionally exposed to electrical shock, high pressure
  • Occasionally work in confined spaces
  • Regularly work near moving parts
  • Occasionally work in high, precarious places
  • Occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and biological cells
  • Occasionally exposed to vibration
  • Occasionally work where animal experimentation/husbandry is evident
  • Occasionally be exposed to toxic and caustic chemicals
  • Occasionally be exposed to outdoor weather
  • Occasionally be exposed to Indoor cold environments (cold rooms)
  • Occasionally be exposed to Indoor warm-hot environments (processing, non-air conditioned areas)
  • Occasionally be exposed to Indoor or outdoor humid environments
  • Occasionally be exposed to loud noise levels