Abbott Technician I, Polymer in Rogers, Minnesota

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

We are seeking a high caliber Polymer Technician who will Participate in the production of raw materials and polymers including raw material chemical reactions, distillation, filtration, stripping, polymerization, granulating, extruding, pelletizing, and testing. Responsible for equipment troubleshooting and repair. In addition to production, this position will provide support to the process development group to improve processes for polymers and raw materials

Impact this role will have in Abbott:

  • Production of raw materials for polymers with processes involving 2 step reactions, distillation and filtration.

  • Production of polymers including the following processes: stripping, dispensing, mixing, degassing, reacting, curing, granulating, extruding, and pelletizing.

  • Follow set procedures to set up, run, tear down, and clean appropriate equipment. Conduct in-process testing and provide appropriate samples to quality lab for testing.

  • Collect, record, and communicate process batch data.

  • Equipment maintenance & repair

  • Assemble and disassemble production equipment

  • Establish equipment specifications and perform installations

  • Trouble-shoot equipment and processes with a cross-functional team

  • Ability to read and understand blue prints, schematics and procedures

  • Interface with vendors on procuring materials, services, and equipment

  • Calibrate equipment and tools

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and complete responsibilities and tasks to meet internal and external customer expectations

  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form with all levels of employees and outside contacts

  • Ability to interact in a positive and effective manner with all levels of employees and outside contacts

  • Assist with inventory management, hazardous waste, shipping, and receiving of materials.

  • Take initiative and identify areas for process improvement such as scrap reduction, cycle time reduction, setup reduction, and other continuous improvement.

  • Create new documents and update existing document using the EDM system.

  • Elevate productivity and quality concerns to the appropriate personnel.

  • Support safety initiatives.

  • Order production tooling and supply items.

  • Mentor entry level technicians and provide support to peers.

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

General Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent degree.

  • 2 year technical degree is desired.

  • Ability to write and review technical documents is preferred.

  • Experience in a regulated device or pharmaceutical environment is desired.

  • Knowledge of ISO, FDA, GMP guidelines is desired.

  • Understand and utilize lean principles (5S, Kaizen) is preferred.

  • Handle up to fifty (25) pounds and physical dexterity to assemble and operate large equipment.

  • Ability to learn new tasks, new concepts, and new applications.

  • Strong commitment to safety and quality.

  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).

  • Ability to multi-task and work with limited direction/supervision.

  • Must have demonstrated ability to read and understand written procedures and follow directions.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with others.

  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.

  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.

  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.

  • Support all Divisional initiatives as identified by divisional management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email