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Work experience

Dec 2006Present

Sr. Utilities Mechanic/Operator

Genentech, Inc.

Samuel Thomas

44412 Kingston Drive

Temecula, CA 92592

Home 951-402-5929 Cell 317-313-3627

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Detail-oriented, highly personable Senior Utility Technician/Operator with 10 years biotechnology/pharmaceutical experience. Consistent history of increasing responsibility as a technician and in supervisory roles, including skills in training, mentoring and scheduling. Proven ability to operate, calibrate and troubleshoot GC/HPLC chromatography equipment. Experienced in fermentation and purification of molecules generated via large scale bioreactors.Knowledge of aseptic area requirements, including gowning procedures and work related practices. Demonstrated track record of increasing manufacturing process efficiency, while sustaining a high compliance with regulatory requirements and SOPs.A "Do It Right the First Time", Team Player attitude combined with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships within other departments including QA, QC, Engineering, and MS&T. Thorough understanding of best practices and industry standards including cGMP and Six Sigma.Strong ability to operate numerous operating systems such as Delta V, Meserex and Foxboro systems.

Professional Experience

Genentech, Inc.

Oceanside, CaliforniaMarch 2008 – Present

Sr. Utility Operations Technician

Work within the facility operations group maintaining all plant utilities such as WFI, Boilers, Chillers, Air Handling Units, Humidifiers, Clean Steam Generators, Fire Pumps, HVAC, Aqueous Waste systems, Brine Waste Systems, and Chemical Storage Units.Additionally, work within SAP to track, and schedule PM and Work Orders in an effort to maintain plant equipment in a planned and predictable state of readiness.Computerized equipment monitoring on all critical system points which utility operators must respond to, trouble shoot and repair when a system goes into alarm. Work cross functionally with system owners, engineers and contractorsto minimize upsets to manufacturing; master Siemens and Apogee building technology control system.

Genentech, Inc.

Oceanside, CaliforniaDecember 2006 – March 2008

Sr. Manufacturing Technician

Work within the Formulation Suite operating Delta V and PDT automated control systems, while maintaining the highest cGMP compliance and inspection readiness.Skilled at performing operations of UF/DF skid, bulk fill and freeze of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and CIP/SIP of process equipment and vessels.Strong focus on safety, quality, compliance and results while adhering to strict corporate standards; attention given to processes, procedures and details. High level of mechanical aptitude, problem solving skills and the ability to accurately troubleshoot equipment and process problems in a timely manner; focused on continuous support for process improvement efforts. Strong ability to operate computers for process control and data entry, regularly participate in staff and shift change meetings; selected as a member of the Recovery Cross Training Team.

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Eli Lilly & Company

Indianapolis, IndianaOctober 1996 - November 2006

Acting Manufacturing Supervisor-January 2003-November 2006

Perform as shift Supervisor during Supervisor absence due to sickness, corporate training sessions, new product launch periods and temporary reassignments. Attended and participated in Supervisor meetings and Manufacturing Planning Meetings.Managed staff schedules, assigned variable work load, roles and provided oversight for a team of ten Manufacturing Technicians.

Sr. Manufacturing Technician-June 2002-January 2003

Awarded merit-based pay increase based on performance. Developed and presented new employee orientation and training programs for manufacturing team.Planned and coordinated day-to-day operations of a wide range of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes, including Protein Purification, Solvent Recovery and Buffer Make-up.Performed CIP of process equipment via facility-automated CIP units/systems.

Eli Lilly & Company

Indianapolis, Indiana

Utility Operator-January 1999 to January 2001

Using Siemens Building Technology (SBT) software; monitored and ensured that all systems including fire sprinklers, boilers, clean steam generators, water for injection stills, air compressors, chillers, waste water flows and associated equipment functioned correctly within the facility.Made rounds and collected disks which tracked equipment status, to readily determine when repairs or PM’s were due.Worked in an operations.control room environment to quickly respond to and assess alarms; thorough understanding of the facility and maintained relationships with all departments which enabled key knowledge of operations.

Chemical Operator-January 2001-June 2002

Calibrated and operated various laboratory equipment including Spectrophotometers, Auto Diluters, pH and Conductivity Meters.Monitored, tracked and recorded automated processes using a computer sequenced control panel. Manufactured Bulk Biosynthetic Human Insulin, while complying with regulatory and cGMP requirements, using Delta-V, Meserex and Foxboro operating systems.Controlled and recorded data using MS Excel, Word and Power Point.

Line Mechanic-October 1996-January 1999

Set-up, maintain, repair, overhaul and PM high speed packaging line equipment.Including New Jersey labelers, optic photo sensors, PLC controlled cartoners and pneumatic palletizers.Trained and knowledgeable in understanding mechanical blue prints, P&ID drawings, electrical schematics, basic and advanced electrical concepts; ability to read and comprehend volt and ohm meter readings which help to facilitate electrical repairs, strong knowledge in the use of hand tools and power tools.


B.S. Business Administration

Indiana Institute of Technology


Western Governors University