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Validation Engineer, Sanofi Genzyme Waterford

Emmet Tobin

Job title
Validation Engineer
Company
Sanofi Genzyme Waterford
Industry
Biotechnology
Experience
10
Education
  1. BEng in Medical Engineering, University of Bradford
  2. NCert in Mechanical Engineering, Waterford Institute of Technology
Favourite subjects in school
Engineering and Physics
The best thing about my job
The opportunity to work on multi-million Euro equipment and systems to manufacture life-saving medicines.

If you are interested in developing new skills throughout your career, then validation engineering in a life science company is a winner. If you have a logical way of thinking and strive to achieve quality in your work, you would enjoy this job. 

My Main Tasks

  • Executing Test protocols for equipment such as packaging machines
  • Verifying installation of new equipment and machines
  • Testing new products and processes to ensure they meet design specifications- Force testing, leak testing, visual inspection
  • Skills required: Understanding automated equipment, ability to develop test protocols, Fault finding skills.

Challenges 

A large amount of paperwork is completed during validation and testing of new equipment. The compiling of paperwork takes a lot of time. However, it is necessary to ensure tests and verifications are adequate and the patients safety is assured.

Who Influenced Me

There are lots of jobs in the Life science sector, especially in Validation. These jobs often involve new and exciting projects, so I have always felt motivated. 

Work/Life Balance

Yes, the company I work for places a lot of value on a work-life balance. My manager supports and understands our workload which makes any challenges minor.

Most Useful Aspects of my Education

Learning skills that are transferrable have provided me with greater opportunities. As a Validation Engineer, you can work in many different types of companies with life sciences – Medical devices, pharmaceuticals and so on. 

Useful Work Experience

Any engineering work experience would be of benefit. I worked as a factory operative during the summer months when in College. Office experience in a multinational company (e.g. Quality Department) would also be helpful.

Top Tips!

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