West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer? If so, then this is the opportunity for you!

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.


Under the supervision of the Maintenance and Utilities management, or a designated lead, installs and maintains all piping and plumbing in the facility.  Pipefitters will perform maintenance on any equipment or facilities which their skills support in a compliant manner.  Pipefitters are part of the Mechanical Technician work group and will primarily share work assignments within their job grouping with no inherent or “system imposed” limits.  Based on business needs, Mechanical Technicians will perform maintenance activities including crossing between job groupings where skills are common.  Work assignments, buildings, and equipment are not exclusive to any craft, job grouping, or employee in the M&U departments.  Position may include some responsibility for maintaining significant business systems (e.g. CMMS data, planning, procurement and scheduling) including the authority to assign, coordinate and maintain work for others.


Miscellaneous hand and power operated tools for pipe cutting, pipe grooving, threading and turning, power driven pipe cutting and threading machines, oxyacetylene equipment (for uses exclusive of welding or cutting), LPG torches, pipe clean out machine, etc.  Test equipment for steam, potable water, fire protection, etc.  Drill press and miscellaneous shop equipment, acid treating equipment.


  • Working from blueprints, drawings, sketches, CMMS driven work orders, or other instructions.  Reference manufacturer’s equipment manuals.

  • Installs, lays out, bends, cuts, threads and joins pipe and fitting that will withstand steam, gas, hydraulic, vacuum, water or air pressure, or process materials. 

  • Installs and maintains drainage, waste and vent systems.

  • Handles and installs pipes of various materials such as but not limited to: stainless steel, glass, iron, steel, aluminum, synthetic materials, PVC or similar, copper, etc.

  • Cuts access holes to install pipe through floors and walls, using suitable tools.

  • Fabricates and fits pipe hangers and supports to walls and ceilings, etc.

  • Acid clean coils, equipment and pressure vessels, as instructed. Visually inspects pressure and vacuum gauges, recommends repair and performs work as necessary or directed.

  • Maintains restroom facilities including handicapped fixtures with appurtenances and washroom fixtures in first-class operational condition.

  • Installs temporary insulation where needed upon the completion of repairs to piping. Installs, inspects, maintains, repairs or replaces pipes, pipelines, filters, steam traps, strainers, valves, etc.  Installs and replaces safety valves, relief valves, rupture discs, pressure regulators, conservation vents, flame arrestors, etc.

  • Tests equipment and piping for pressure and leaks.

  • Attend and actively participates in HAZOPS, waste walkthroughs, Kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality, safety or environmental training/initiatives, as required.

  • Prepares and assists technicians, supervisors and planners in preparing labor and material estimates.

  • May assist supervision with the assigning, scheduling and prioritization of work order requests using the CMMS. 

  • Makes recommendations and prepares orders for spare parts, additional stock room items, tools, etc. Consults with Supervision and other mechanics on problem resolution/troubleshooting. 

  • Keeps Supervision informed of problem issues.

  • Write, execute, and complete safety permits.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)


  • Completion of a formal pipefitter/plumber apprentice program that is approved by the United States Department of Labor or equivalent


  • Graduate of a recognized pipefitter/plumber trade school with subjects that include blueprint reading, plumbing and various industrial piping systems (steam, gas air potable water, fire protection, process materials, etc.)


  • Verified Military training equivalent to a recognized/accredited trade school or journeyman apprenticeship program

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Three years of recent full-time experience as a journeyman pipefitter/plumber.  Experience must include installing and repairing a broad range of industrial piping systems (steam, gas, air, potable water, fire protection, process materials, etc.).


  • Completion of four years of on-the job training as part of a formal pipefitter/plumber apprentice program that is approved by the United States Department of Labor or equivalent.


  • Three years recent (within the last 7 years) full-time military experience as a pipefitter/plumber.

Equipment or Machinery Operated:

  • Miscellaneous hand operated tools for pipe cutting threading, joining and turning; power driven pipe cutting grooving and threading machines, oxyacetylene equipment, LPG torches, pipe cleanout machine, Pro-press or similar joining equipment, etc.

Special Skills or Abilities:

  • Ability to read and work from blueprints, drawings, sketches, etc.

Special Job Features:

  • Some heavy lifting, heat and cold, use of solvents, subject to immunizations, dirt and dust, safety shoes and glasses, respirators, works in trenches, works from ladders and scaffold.  May be required to carry a pager or a radio.


  • Required to take immunizations as prescribed by our Company Health Services Department.

  • Must wear Company issued uniform per our Company SOP.

  • Position is subject to a probationary period.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s dedicated to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time. 

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:


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Requisition ID:R78453

West Point, Pennsylvania

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com.

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