Metrology Specialist

Erin Mundt

I worked at for 5 years, as a loss prevention specialist and floor associate in a retail store. I chose the program because it was the closest thing to a forensic science program I could find at the time. Many of the same skills are used for a different application. I also chose it due to the high rate of employment offered by the program

Biotechnology Education

Biotechnology Program: 
Madison Area Technical College
Degree or certificate: 
Biotechnology Associates degree

Employer information

Bone Care International

Middleton, WI

Employer description: 

Bone Care is currently developing and commercializing improved Vitamin D-hormone therapies for a broad spectrum of human diseases. The FDA approves our lead products, Hectoral Injection and Hectoral Capsules, for managing Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in patients undergoing chronic renal dialysis. Research is underway on Hectoral and other formulations for treatment of osteoporosis, psoriasis, and cancers of the breast, colon and prostate.

What does this job involve?

Job Description and Responsibilities: 
  • Perform calibration procedures on equipment
  • Write, maintain and enforce calibration and maintenance procedures
  • Schedule and perform preventive maintenance
  • Research purchase and validate software equipment
  • Write and execute equipment installation and operational qualifications
Commonly Used Skills and Techniques: 
  • PH standardization and measurement
  • Spectrophotometer use/calibration
  • Solution preparation
  • Documentation practices: Writing SOPs and protocols
  • HPLC theory
  • All basic instrumentation skills:
  • Pipettes, graduated cylinders, volumetric flasks, thermometers, water baths, ovens, hoods
  • Calibration and use of balances (top loading and analytical)
  • Troubleshooting equipment and process problems
  • Performing preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment

Rewards and Challenges

What do you find most rewarding about this job?: 

Taking a process that isn't working efficiently and improving it
Completion of the qualification cycle to release the equipment for use

What is the most challenging part of your job?: 

Learning and applying the FDA regulations on a daily basis. Ensuring that all work meets or exceeds those regulations while still being able to ensure minimum down time for equipment users.


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