Equipment Maintenance Technician

Illumina, Inc.   San Diego, CA   Full-time     Maintenance
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Posted on November 19, 2020


The Equipment Maintenance Technician is part of the equipment engineer team who provides expertise, service, and support to San Diego Illumina headquarters by maintaining equipment at world-class levels in a fast pace regulated environment and providing high-level reliability exceeding Illumina’s dynamic development and manufacturing demands. The Equipment Maintenance Technician will work in a dynamic team-oriented environment that supports multiple operations and technologies helping Illumina deliver its highly complex product pipeline in a reliable and sustainable manner. 

Our team currently has multiple openings for different shifts and levels. The openings are for a Technician 2, 3, and 4. The shifts are Sunday - Thursday, Monday - Friday, or Tuesday - Saturday. The shifts are 8-hour shifts with a minimum of 30 minutes lunch break and start times of 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM or 9:00 PM. 

The Equipment Maintenance Technician will support the day to day manufacturing equipment maintenance operations by owning well-defined to high complexity maintenance task and challenges, with different engagements of supervision to minimal supervision depending on specific job level.  


  • Able to complete tasks and report/track progress through a digital ticketing system. 

  • Capable of executing procedures. 

  • Escalate problems to engineers, suggest solutions, and work with engineers to address issues. 

  • Execute activities like calibrations, preventive maintenance, repairs, supplier support, and or project activities and ensure work is completed on-time.  Higher level positions will be required to independently plan and coordinate too.  

  • Make suggestions for continuous improvement and cost savings 

  • Monitors equipment technical performance and technical inventory. 

  • Use optical, mechanical, electrical, and or fluidics knowledge to perform equipment troubleshooting. 

  • Work in a team environment to improve equipment reliability and uptime. 

  • While performing the duties of this job, is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, climb stairs/ladders, kneel, crouch, or wear safety gear. Must regularly lift and / or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 


  • Ability to operate in a fast pace environment and adapt to changes in priority 

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Windows 

  • Chemical Analytical equipment repair and troubleshooting is preferred 

  • Data collection and hands-on skills 

  • Experience in high volume manufacturing environment preferred 

  • Experience using engineering troubleshooting tools required for higher level positions 

  • Familiar with electrical and mechanical schematics 

  • Familiar with optical/mechanical/electrical and or fluidic systems 

  • Knowledge of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) preferred 

  • Math and analytical skills  

  • Travel up to 10% 

  • Verbal and written documentation skills in English 

  • Work experience in Life Sciences / Pharmaceutical / Medical Devices industries would be an advantage  

Listed responsibilities are an essential, but not exhaustive list, of the usual duties associated with the position.  Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs. 


  • High School Diploma or equivalent; associates degree preferred 

  • At least 2 years of related experience, additional experience for higher level positions

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