Mechanical Technician or Millwright

Date: Jan 8, 2022

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA, L4C 5H2

Company: Apotex


About Apotex Inc.

Apotex Inc. is a proudly Canadian, global pharmaceutical company that produces high-quality, affordable medicines for patients around the world. Apotex employs almost 8,000 people worldwide in manufacturing, R&D, and commercial operations.  Apotex Inc. exports to more than 100 countries and territories and operates in more than 45 countries, with a significant presence in Canada, the US, Mexico, and India. Through vertical integration, Apotex is comprised of multiple divisions and affiliates including Apotex Inc., focused on generics; Apobiologix, a division of Apotex Inc. focused on biosimilar development; Aveva, an affiliate of Apotex Inc. fully integrated global developer and manufacturer of complete transdermal solutions; Apotex Consumer Products, a division of Apotex Inc. focused on brand name products; and Global Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (GAPI), a division of Apotex Inc. focused on the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for Apotex and third parties. For more information visit: www.apotex.com.

Job Summary

We’re looking for a strong and dedicated Mechanical Technician or Millwright to join our team. The right candidate will be a part of the Maintenance team — a team consisting of enthusiastic professionals who are passionate and driven to continuous improvement. 

The Mechanical Technician acts as a leading member of a team, working with other members in an attempt to reduce or eliminate non-value-added activities or costs, while maintaining or improving quality, productivity, and timeliness throughout the project(s) being managed. The Mechanical Technician acts as a trainer to assist junior technicians to maintain, troubleshoot, set-up, plan, install and rebuild production and associated machinery.


**Please note, this is a continental rotating shift**

Job Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Production Technical Coordinators, to ensure adequate level of resource and help coordinate maintenance activities.
  • Assist Production Technical Coordinators in resolving technical service issues with internal customers, such as Operations, Quality, Engineering, etc., and formulates recommendations to resolve matters which are beyond existing SOPs.
  • Act as mentor/teacher to junior mechanics in training, troubleshooting, repair and rebuild of production and associated machinery.
  • Ensure that all work is performed in a full compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP’s), SOP’s and in accordance with established Safety Standards.
  • Recommend changes to designs, drawings and modifications of equipment or parts as required in conjunction with engineering and maintenance.
  • Keep abreast of all changes and advances in company policies and new technology.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of equipment enabling you to be a subject matter expert for the purpose of investigations, audits, training, or otherwise as required.
  • There may be the occasional requirement for some situational leadership opportunities for projects or troubleshooting exercises, as required. 
  • Works as a member of a team to achieve all outcomes.
  • Works in a safe manner collaborating as a team member to achieve all outcomes.
  • Demonstrate Behaviours that exhibit our organizational Values: Collaboration, Courage, Perseverance, and Passion.
  • Ensure personal adherence with all compliance programs including the Global Business Ethics and Compliance Program, Global Quality policies and procedures, Safety and Environment policies, and HR policies.
  • All other relevant duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • Education
    • Secondary School Graduate; Minimum of Grade 12.
    • 2 or 3 year College diploma in a technical program such as Electromechanical technician, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic etc. strongly preferred.


  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • In-depth knowledge of mechanics and machine shop practices.
    • In-depth knowledge of Electrical, Hydraulics and Pneumatics.
    • Knowledge of GMP, as related to pharmaceuticals.
    • Knowledge of Quick Change Over Techniques and PLC would be an asset.
    • Able to lead, collaborate with others.
    • Able to train and pass on knowledge to junior technicians.
    • Good oral and written communication skills.
    • Good analytical and presentation skills.
    • Proactive and self-motivated.
    • Able to work any shift, including evenings and weekends.


  • Experience
    • Minimum 10 Year’s experience in a similar role within the pharmaceutical or consumer goods industry
    • Licensed in one or more of the following trades, Industrial Mechanical, Machinist, Tool and Die, Industrial Electrician, Electro-Mechanical Controls, or other technical certification


COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY: In accordance with Apotex Inc. (“Apotex”) policy, as of November 15, 2021, all individuals entering a Canadian site (including but not limited to employees, visitors, contractors and agency workers) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with the current government requirements.  Further, all employees must maintain all future booster vaccines as approved and recommended by Health Canada.  Accommodation from these requirements for reasons pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, or any other applicable law (most commonly for medical and/or religious reasons) will be reviewed and considered by Apotex.


At Apotex, we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported.

Apotex offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process.  If you are contacted to arrange for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.