Industrial Electrician, Automation and Controls

Date: Apr 6, 2021

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


The Industrial Electrician role is a key production function, specializing in electrical, controls and automation troubleshooting, repairs, preventative maintenance, calibrations and GMP activities to ensure SISPQ and machine integrity.  As a leading member of a team, the Industrial Electrician is required to work with other members to reduce or eliminate non-value-added activities or costs, while maintaining or improving quality, productivity, and timeliness throughout the project(s) and task(s) being managed.  This role requires technical expertise in order to help train and teach proper operations procedures, to ensure the longevity of the equipment and improve reliability through production project and maintenance activities.

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

Job Responsibilities


  • Develop, implement, maintain and execute predictive and preventative maintenance programs and/or calibration programs on material handling/production/process development equipment ensuring compliance with SISPQ.
  • Initiate and execute production maintenance and continuous improvement projects (execute OQ’s, electrical upgrades & improvements) to completion.
  • Install, repair and maintain electrical, electronic equipment, instrumentation as well as computerised/controls systems (HMI, PCs, VMs, PLCs, VFDs, vision systems & network) related to production/manufacturing machinery and systems.
  • Troubleshooting electrical, electronic equipment, instrumentation, and/or computer/ controls issues to identify root cause and implement a solution. Work with other personnel including Technician, Mechanical, Technician, Building Systems/Electrical Instrumentation, external vendors and contractors, and Project Leaders on corrective and preventative maintenance and projects.
  • Ensure that all work is performed in a full compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), SOPs and in accordance with established Safety Standards including CSA and ESA standards.
  • Use electrical testing equipment to diagnose problems.
  • Understand and practice proactive maintenance and contribute in correcting problems before they become downtime issues.
  • Conduct and/or receive training and coaching on equipment when necessary. Able to travel for training if necessary.
  • Assist with mechanical repairs as needed.
  • Take ownership and accountability for issues, working proactively to resolve. Work efficiently to maximize department goals of minimizing equipment downtime.
  • Ensure issues, follow-up actions and/or resolutions are clearly communicated to peers, vendors, customers, coordinators and supervisors. This information should be transferred at shift overlaps as well as during the shift.
  • Effectively use SAP Plant Maintenance module to search maintenance history, to create/complete/confirm work orders, and to find and reserve parts.
  • Create and modify drawings, P&ID’s and schematics when required.
  • Prepare and update standard operating procedures (SOP’s), standard documents (SD’s), and SAP PM Task Lists.

Job Requirements


  • Industrial Electrician Licence (442A) or Construction Maintenance Electrician Licence (309A) with suitable experience will be considered. Current Master’s Electrical License will be an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with PLCs (Allen Bradley; Siemens), Controls and PCs.
  • Experience in food/pharmaceutical environment preferable but not required.
  • Strong knowledge of PC hardware and software. Able to use MS Outlook, Word and
  • Proactive and self motivated. Able to lead, collaborate with others.
  • Able to train and pass on knowledge to junior technicians.
  • Strong communication, organisational and planning skills, along with good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good analytical and presentation skills.
  • Willing to participate in skill enhancement programs.
  • Ability to work any shift including evenings and weekends as required.



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.