Maintenance Artisan

Aspen Pharma Group - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Purpose of this role is to monitor, maintain and repair equipment and machinery adhering to GMP and safety requirements, plan and implement preventative and corrective maintenance, ensure service equipment operates at optimal efficiency to meet planned levels of production as well as innovate and apply process engineering techniques to ensure optimal functionality of production equipment and processes.


Planning and Operational Support

  • Act as a technical/ subject matter resource
  • Facilitate implementation of current processes
  • Identify gaps in current policies and procedures
  • Provide input into changes or improvements to processes, tools and techniques
  • Train staff on SOPs and maintenance of equipment/ machinery

Production Facility Maintenance

  • Plan technical requirements and maintenance tasks according to production requirements to meet Production Plan
  • Review and update maintenance schedules
  • Perform planned preventative maintenance and inspections according to maintenance plan, job cards, and SOPs
  • Repair breakdowns according to best practice, job cards and SOPs
  • Troubleshoot machine breakdowns to identify cause of breakdowns
  • Perform root cause analysis to identify cause of machine failures and quality deficiencies to minimise machine downtime
  • Implement corrective actions to minimise machine downtime
  • Isolate, remove and replace defective components
  • Complete and submit work requisitions; Create and close job cards
  • Maintain workshop, tools and assets to standards
  • Determine and request required parts, materials and special equipment to maintain machines/ equipment
  • Install, test and validate machine operating efficiency

Mechanical Engineering

  • Maintain calibration of machines according to SOPs and manuals, ensure machine safe guards are in place
  • Identify and correct equipment deviations to avoid quality deficiencies; Reduce outsourced spending of repairs
  • Inspect service equipment and report status to Team Leader
  • Rectify operational problems according to SOP
  • Communicate process and equipment deviations to management
  • Provide input into asset life cycle optimisation and replacement
  • Assist production staff with change-overs

Reporting and record-keeping

  • Provide standard record keeping and reporting functionality for area of work

Skills Required


  • Trade Tested Mechanical Artisan (Fitter/Fitter or Turner/Millwright/Diesel Mechanic/Electrical) with 2 to 4 years’ post Apprenticeship experience as a trade tested artisan
  • Pharmaceutical Technician Certificate will be an advantage
  • Manufacturing experience
  • Experience in operation and maintenance of Pharmaceutical manufacturing/ packaging systems

Specific job skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing, standards and compliance requirements
  • Understanding of technical drawings / use of equipment manuals
  • Ability to interpret and implement policies, processes and objectives
  • Physically capable of lifting/ moving heavy equipment


  • Interrogating Information
  • Pragmatic Action
  • Maintaining Accuracy
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