Abbott PIPEFITTER II (OPS/FM/OPS2/13048/072) in Waukegan, Illinois

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.

This primary function is to provide 24 hour, 7 day a week "skilled trade" maintenance support to the manufacturing, research and development laboratories, warehouses, and office facilities that make up Abbott Park and its associated owned and leased lake County facilities. The Pipefitter II will inspect, troubleshoot, and maintain facility, production and equipment system piping.


• Performs skilled maintenance and repair services of facility systems such as mechanical, electrical, and building systems.

• Interpret blueprints and schematics.

• implement methods, practices, and techniques of maintaining building and facilities to identify and address recurring problems with machinery, equipment, or parts.

• Conduct periodic inspections to evaluate requests for repair.

The Plumber/Pipefitter will be responsible for laying out, fabricating, assembling, installing, and maintaining piping and piping systems, fixtures, and equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial processing systems.

Selecting type and size of pipe and related materials according to job specifications, knowledge of system operation, and study of building plans / working drawings.

Planning sequence of installation to avoid obstructions and cutting pipe.

Threading and ending pipe by hand or with pipe bending machine.

Assembling and joining piping by means of threaded, chalked, wiped, soldered, brazed fused, or cemented joints.

Securing pipes to structure with clamps, brackets, and hangers, using hand tools.

Test, inspect, replace piping and pressure relief devices on production and facility equipment.

Coordinate scheduled work with customers and service providers.

Perform building walk-throughs to identify needed repairs and follow up with corrective action.

Check, test and replace steam traps as necessary.

Maintain facility to ensure reliable and effective operation.

Install valves and other plumbing fixtures in restrooms.

Must have knowledge of underground, sewer lines, draining system.

Accountability / Scope: Failure to check, maintain, and/or operate systems according to quality assurance specifications would jeopardize product integrity and place Abbott in noncompliance with government agencies, including EPA FDA.

Errors in shutting down equipment or opening switches inappropriately could result in electrical equipment shutdown and resultant product losses in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Accidentally energizing electrical/mechanical systems and/or equipment could have life or death implications.

Failure to schedule maintenance work with Production Management could have an adverse impact on customers’ operations/production.

Failure to adhere to operating instructions and/or safety policies could result in bodily injury and/or fatalities, property losses through fires, explosions, and chemical releases to self and others.

Closing valves inappropriately could result in production and/or facility equipment shutdown and result in product losses in hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Must have High school education or equivalent. Background: Minimum 5 years related mechanical/maintenance experience in an industrial/commercial area. Plumbing license and certified CCDI preferred.

Additional Experience:

Fire Sprinkler System installation and maintenance along with welding experience beneficial.

This is a first shift opportunity focused on construction installations and system maintenance.

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