Engineering Co-Op

United States, Portsmouth (New Hampshire)
Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

The Plant Engineer Co-Op supports ongoing operations at the Portsmouth, NH site through technical assistance as it relates to manufacturing and process systems.  The focus of the role is supporting the manufacturing engineering department on their objectives and developing an understanding of the engineering function and biologics processes. Responsibilities of the Process Engineering function include both tactical support of ongoing plant operations and strategic implementation of engineering projects to meet the changing needs of the business.  The role reports into the Manufacturing Engineering department at the site.

Key Accountabilities and Duties:

·         Performs all work safely and meets the requisite training requirements

·         Develop a basic understanding of the cGMP fermentation and purification processes and equipment

·         Supports engineering in resolution of major equipment breakdowns and quality issues

·         Provide SME support to Manufacturing and other departments for the design and operation of process equipment.

·         Gain experience within biologics industry

·         Conduct troubleshooting and technical analyses on manufacturing equipment and processes

·         Assist with tech transfer of new processes into the facility

·         Assist with modifying/developing preventative maintenance plans and creating spare parts

·         Assist with the planning and execution of plant projects involving equipment changes and process improvements

·         Execute commissioning protocols (installation, operation, CIP/SIP, wet testing)

·         Complete change request tasks to support project completion

·         Assist the Quality department with deviation investigations

·         Participate in root cause analysis investigations for equipment issues

·         Assist with completion of CAPA actions

·         Review/revise Engineering and Manufacturing related SOP’s, work instructions, and maintenance assessments/procedures as a result of CAPA, equipment/process changes, and error prevention activities.

·         Initiate updates to Engineering documents including engineering drawings

·         Author commissioning protocols (installation, operation, CIP/SIP, wet testing).

·         Remain up to date on all assigned training activities

·         Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Required Qualifications/Skills:

·         High School Diploma or Equivalent; pursuing BS in Engineering Discipline

·         Preferred area of study:  Chemical Engineering

·         Completion of sophomore year (typically 60 credits)

·         Education in the application of engineering principles to plant systems; Biopharmaceutical/process experience preferred, but not required at this level..

·         Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite with focus on Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Communication Skills

Ability to effectively communicate via writing and oral communication at all levels. Express ideas effectively in individual and group situations (including non-verbal communication).

Project Management Skills

Ability to learn and demonstrate project management skills in their work. 

Analysis/Problem Assessment

Ability to secure relevant information and identify key issues and relationships from a base of information. Relate and compare data from different sources and identify cause and effect relationships.

Technical Knowledge

Ability to evaluate engineering problems and be able to devise cause and affect relationships and propose solutions.  Develops knowledge of other departments and how engineering work impacts them.


Ability to keep customers/requesters and management apprised of status of work under your direction. Ability to maneuver around hurdles to accomplish goals/tasks

Planning/Work Management

Ability to establish a project plan that outlines the course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal.  Ability to learn Lonza’s systems to complete work tasks.

Interpersonal and Leadership Skills

Works effectively on cross-functional teams and in a fast paced environment.

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if it is not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R41754