Abbott Laboratories3.8
Maintenance Technician
€61K - €74K (Glassdoor Est.)
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About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of healthcare products including diagnostics, medical devices and nutritionals products. In Ireland, Abbott employs over 4,000 people across nine sites. We have six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third-party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. Abbott has commercial, support operations and shared services in Dublin and Galway. We have been operating in Ireland since 1946.

Abbott Ireland Nutrition Division Cootehill Cavan

Abbott Nutrition produces a range of infant formulae in all pack sizes under the brand name “Similac”. To complement the range of “Similac” infant formulae, the facility also manufactures a range of follow on formulae under the brand name of “Gain”. The essential ingredient is liquid skim milk and this is combined with carbohydrate, vegetable oils, vitamins and minerals. The product is blended, pasteurised, dried and packaged at the site and once packaged, is distributed to Europe, South East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Canada.

Established in 1975, Abbott Nutrition in Ireland is the largest powder manufacturing facility for the production of infant formulae within the Abbott Corporation worldwide. Approximately 1,000 dairy farms in Ireland and Northern Ireland supply quality milk to the Cootehill facility which processes 500,000 litres per day. This secure supply together with Ireland’s reputation as a green, clean environment is of significant strategic importance to Abbott Nutrition.

Primary Function / Goals / Objectives

  • To maintain all plant equipment at optimum performance.

  • Response to all equipment breakdowns in a timely fashion.

  • Document all worked carried out on your shift in the plants maintenance system – Maximo.

  • Carry out plant preventative maintenance programme as scheduled.

  • Closure of all PMs and DMs in a timely manner via tablet/computer.

  • Carry out maintenance and troubleshooting on all plant equipment.

  • Carry out wiring installation and commissioning of plant and equipment.

  • Carry out programming and diagnostic of plant and equipment.

  • Follow correct procedure when carrying out hotwork/working at heights & confined space entry ensuring work permits are fully in compliance with SOP’s.

  • Develop in-depth working knowledge of all plant equipment, this includes been proactive in familiarization of equipment manuals and electrical drawings.

  • Assist in the development and training of apprentices.

  • Ensure to follow all PPE and GMP requirements as per sites procedures.

  • Ensure to always follow LOTOTO when carrying out works on plant equipment.

  • Perform a detailed hand over of work to colleagues when shift completed.

  • This list of responsibilities may change depending on plant needs and employees are expected to be adaptable and flexible where this need arises.

Major Responsibilities

  • To support the plant in all Business Excellence activities.

  • To maintain Plant and Equipment at Optimum performance.

  • Always minimise downtime in production.

  • Install test repair troubleshoot program calibrate clean and maintain new and existing electrical / electronic equipment where the job involves electrical /electronic and pneumatic work.

Education Required

  • Have a recognized apprenticeship in the electrical/ MAMF/electronic/instrumentation field.

  • Senior or junior trades certificates in electrical craft.


  • Proven track record or demonstrated ability in electrical and electronics field.

  • An ability to read diagrams and troubleshoot equipment.

  • Ability to troubleshoot and fault find PLC’s using P.C. based diagnostic tools.

  • Six months minimum on the job experience within a production environment (Food/Pharmaceuticals will be an advantage). Ability to work on platforms, scaffolding, ladders, and confine spaces.

  • Good mental ability to logically follow a step-by-step process for problem solving.

  • Basic Computer Skills.

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