Reliability Engineer

he Mechanical Excellence Engineer provides engineering services to both the Production and Services Departments to continuously improve and optimize the use of mechanical systems and equipment, as well as the work practices used in maintaining that equipment in the engineer's responsible production area. All efforts in this arena should be focused on improving long-term reliability and preserving the safety of those operating and maintaining the equipment.

The Mechanical Excellence Engineer is accountable for maintaining the mechanical integrity of mechanical systems and equipment while generating and implementing modifications that will result in a reduction of equipment repair costs, improvement in the service factor/OEE, and avoidance of substantial unit downtime in the engineer's responsible area. This requires extensive knowledge/expertise in the design and operation of the equipment and requires the ability to interface with co-workers at all levels to gather information and sell ideas. In so doing, the individual expense and capital project goals (savings, deadlines, quality, etc.) must be met.


The Mechanical Excellence Engineer is responsible for identifying and rectifying any deficiencies in existing mechanical systems and equipment through the use of Root Cause Failure Analysis techniques. This requires working with unit operations and maintenance where equipment costs, service factor/OEE impact, and scheduling impacts are reviewed to identify points of improvement.

The Mechanical Excellence Engineer is required to attend and participate in morning safety tailgates for the area of their responsibility, as well as daily production or break-in meetings. They should also attend daily maintenance planning/scheduling meetings and assist in planning/scheduling efforts. Attendance of these meetings should provide opportunity to be informed of any failures and opportunities for OEE or cost improvements.
The Mechanical Excellence Engineer should have an understanding of where their efforts should be focused in order to provide the greatest return. For the most part, the engineer should be establishing and prioritizing his or her own work list. They must know what is important to the unit operations, as well as area maintenance, and where each job fits in regards to the unit's profitability. Essentially, the Mechanical Excellence Engineer should be a team member of the area of their responsibility. Pareto analysis of service factor/OEE and maintenance cost should be utilized in the engineers' prioritization efforts.

The Mechanical Excellence Engineer is expected to provide timely reporting and updates of their activities through the use of electronic databases. The Lotus Approach Mechanical Excellence Database shall be used for all Mechanical Excellence jobs and must be updated prior to the distribution of the monthly Reliability Report. The Lotus Notes Engineering Project File database shall be updated monthly with all capital projects managed by the engineer.
3+ years experience (reliability experience preferred)

DECISION QUALITY: Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

ETHICS AND VALUES: Adheres to an appropriate (for the setting) and effective set of core values and beliefs during both good and bad times; acts in line with those values; rewards the right values and disapproves of others; practices what he/she preaches.

INTEGRITY AND TRUST: Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn't misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.

LEARNING ON THE FLY: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

PERSEVERANCE: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.

PLANNING: Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.

PRIORITY SETTING: Spends his/her time and the time of others on what's important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers.

SAFETY, HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: Understands the importance of Health, Safety and Environment issues to the success of our organization. Accurately assesses the HS&E hazards of the job. Takes aggressive actions to correct unsafe, unhealthy, or threatening environmental conditions or activities on the job, or in other aspects of life, in order to prevent accidents. Understands that success is determined by performance in this area. Develops, understands and follows procedures to assure this continuous improvement and does not have near misses, incidents, or accidents.

TECHNICAL LEARNING: Picks up on technical things quickly; can learn new skills and knowledge; is good at learning new industry, company, product, or technical knowledge; does well in technical courses and seminars.

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