Project Engineer

April 2 2024
Industries Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology
Categories Engineering, Microbiology, Project management,
Mississauga, ON • Full time

Job Description


Carry out management of engineering projects including estimating costs, sourcing, identifying, specifying, purchasing, and installing equipment, design/modification of existing or new facilities to meet site/company requirements.

Essential Functions:

  • Engineering Design and Project Management

Design, direct, control and monitor engineering projects using Project Management process to assure that the designs and specifications will achieve the full desired objective of the project, focusing on reduced costs, improved productivity, quality, and Good Manufacturing Practices compliance.

  • Select and direct the engineering contractor as needed.

  • Monitor progress and assure all assigned projects are being completed as intended, on time and within budget.

  • Develop and present recommended project solutions along with realistic cost estimates to internal clients.

  • Make appropriate changes to the scope as the scope changes during the course of the project.

  • Develop, review, and understand engineering drawings that include equipment recommendations. Specify construction methods to achieve the desired objectives.

  • Develop, review and understand specifications for new equipment with equipment vendors and site customers and for facility modifications with contractors and site customers.

  • Develop, review, and understand specifications for facility modifications with contractors and site customers.

  • Assist, coordinate and/or enter Change Control into TrackWise, ensures timely progression and closeout.

  • Engineering Construction Supervision and Start-Up of a Project

Direct, control and monitor construction phases of engineering projects to assure that the project is implemented per the established scope, on time, and within budget. Assure compliance with all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) required documentation for all installed equipment.

  • Create or assist in the creation of detailed bid packages for contractors & equipment vendors. Select and direct construction contractors /equipment vendors.

  • Assist and/or coordinate creation and execution of Installation Qualification (IQ) /Operational Qualification (OQ)/Performance Qualification (PQ) protocols and change control documentation.

  • Continually monitor the contractors’ safety performance and promptly rectifies any safety violations that occur.

  • Continually monitor the contractors’ quality of work and promptly rectifies any quality or job performance deficiencies.

  • Manage the process of installing and commissioning equipment and/or modifying facilities to meet site customer and company client requirements with minimal interruption to operational schedules, ensuring good engineering practices are adhered to for the construction, installation and commissioning of new processes and facilities.

  • Project Administrative Tasks

  • Define, control, audit, and be accountable for project scope and costs to assure that approved funds are effectively utilized.

  • Track project costs and authorize payments to contractors.

  • Maintain project records and communicate to supervision and upper management project costs, status, and safety conditions.

  • Serve as facility and utility technical consultant to the site

  • Work with internal or external clients to troubleshoot problems, recommend solutions, and provide designs. Attend design review and project planning meetings. Share knowledge and assist in training of entry level engineers.

  • Promote and facilitate the company’s growth in facility and utility technology.

  • Supervise co-op students in above duties.

  • Learning and Training

  • Propose, attend, and participate in personal training and development programs to enhance job performance. Actively support the department site lead process improvement teams and associated improvement projects.

  • Review new products and technology by attending seminars and workshops.

  • Maintain a safe working environment and report potential hazards.

  • Perform alternating or rotating shift work (as required)



Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline preferred.


Minimum 5 years’ experience in project management within a pharmaceutical or food manufacturing environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Good knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices requirements and pharmaceutical processing regulations. Ability to work with minimal supervision. Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications including MS Project. Knowledge of ACAD. Strong judgment, decision making and trouble shooting skills. Excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral). Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Proficiency with the English language.

Standards and Expectations:  

Follow all Environmental Health & Safety Policies and Procedures. Work harmoniously with fellow team members, modelling positive team principles and partnering to meet project and departmental objectives. Carry out all duties within strict compliance to Patheon quality SOPs and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). Maintain workspace in a clean and orderly fashion.  Actively engage in and adhere to departmental systems in order to maintain a smooth and efficient workflow (visual management, scheduling systems, etc.). Be client and patient conscious at all times. Understand Key Performance Indicators and strive to improve the performance of the team by identifying areas for system improvements and engage in problem solving. Models positive thinking and is open to change, motivating the team to adapt to shifts in priorities and new ways of working. Proactively identify areas for improvement in the execution of procedures. Communicate risks to timelines of deliverables in a proactive manner.  Consistently strives to improve skills and knowledge in related fields.   

Physical Requirements:

Light physical effort and fatigue. Walks, sits or stands for limited periods. May require occasional equipment operation including keyboard equipment. Lifts light items for limited duration. Typically located in a comfortable indoor area. There may be regular exposure to mild physical discomfort from factors such as dust, fumes or odours, temperature extremes, loud noise, strong drafts, or bright lights. Use of Personal Protective equipment may be required and may include any of the following: safety glasses, safety shoes, lab coat, gloves, hair net, beard cover, safety apron, respirator on occasionally.


This job description is intended to present the general content and requirements for the performance of this job. The description is not to be construed as a comprehensive statement of work, responsibilities, or requirements. Managers and supervisors may assign other duties as needed.

Nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract. Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms. Any language contained herein is intended to fully align with all obligations imposed by the legislation of each country in which it operates, including the implementation of the EU Equality Directive, in relation to the recruitment and employment of its employees.

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