Maintenance Technician - Lyophilization and Refrigeration

in Des Plaines, IL

Maintenance Technician - Lyophilization and Refrigeration Job

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  • Job Location

    Des Plaines, IL, US

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    Full time

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    Not specified

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

At Abbott Molecular, we realize the potential of personalized care as the laboratory’s most trusted and preferred source for molecular diagnostic solutions.

Our location in Des Plaines, Illinois currently has an opportunity for a ​Maintenance Technician – Lyophilization and Refrigeration. The Maintenance Technician, reporting to the Senior Reliability Engineer, will provide customer service to manufacturing and support groups in Abbott Molecular through the maintenance of lyophilizers and other refrigeration assets, identifying and resolving technical/operational problems aimed at improving manufacturing reliability (product quality and operating efficiency).

This is a 1st Shift role.



  • Conduct preventative and corrective maintenance on lyophilizers, HVAC systems, freezers, coolers and any assets with a refrigeration component.
  • Resolve and prevent infrastructure problems that may pose a risk to production or delay on-time deliveries to our customers.

  • Assist in the planning, coordination and performance of shutdown and major maintenance tasks.
  • Manage work activities of vendors and skilled trades.
  • Support the maintenance organization in the writing of work orders and purchase orders by specifying materials, vendor contacts and costing.
  • Active involvement on continuous improvement programs, energy savings measures, safety & compliance tasks.
  • Installation, maintenance and repair of equipment must adhere to Abbott Engineering Standards.
  • Personally, work with all maintenance mechanics, technicians and supervisors to develop and enlarge technical skill base and understanding of assigned areas.
  • Provide technical leadership and investigation for any safety incident and/or activity.
  • Complete all assigned training on time.
  • Working weekends and holidays may be required.
  • Perform other duties/projects as assigned.



  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Associate degree in related field is preferred but not required.
  • HVAC Certificate with EPA Universal 608


  • Minimum 5+ years of experience in manufacturing, ideally in a pharmaceutical and/or packaging environment.
  • Strong technical skills including electrical, mechanical, hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Must be familiar with GMP and safe work practices. NEC, NFPA 70B, NFPA 70E.
  •  Experience with Allen-Bradley PLCs is desirable.
  • Experience working with a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) or work order system.
  • Experience working with HVAC, compressors, fillers, cappers, labelers, conveyors, printing & inspection systems.
  •  Possess strong computer and troubleshooting skills as well as solid reading, writing, math & communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of computers and computer operating systems.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

  • Ability to plan and organize to ensure timely completion and follow up on assigned tasks.
  • Be proactive and willing to take initiative and responsibility.
  • Must be able to communicate, both written and verbal form, in an effective manner.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to complete required documentation in a neat and accurate manner.
  • Read electrical schematics and wiring diagrams. 
  • Follow diagnostic and repair procedures from instrument equipment manuals.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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The base pay for this position is $24.75 – $49.55 per hour. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • hvac
  • hydraulics
  • pneumatics
  • mechanics
  • maintenance management
  • maintenance expertise
  • gmp
  • corrective maintenance
  • cmms
  • continuous improvement
  • equipment maintenance/repair
  • operating systems
  • computers
  • equipment diagnostics & repair
  • project management
  • active involvement

Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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