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Reliability Engineer (Reliability Supervisor)

Company: Norbord
Location: Nacogdoches
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

West Fraser is a diversified wood products company with more than 60 facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. From responsibly sourced and sustainably managed forest resources, the Company produces lumber, engineered wood (OSB, LVL, MDF, plywood, particleboard), and other products including pulp, newsprint, wood chips, and renewable energy. Our success comes from hiring skilled and talented team members in all areas of our business. We are dedicated to developing and retaining a dynamic workforce with a commitment to teamwork and uncompromising safety that ensures we remain at the forefront of manufacturing excellence. To support this we are seeking a Reliability Engineer for our Nacagdoches, TX mill.

The Reliability Engineer develops and implements the plant reliability program in the most effective and efficient method. This position supervises a group of reliability technicians and is expected to manage all aspects of employee management in a professional manner. The reliability supervisor is the resident expert on all existing and new technologies that will be implemented into this program. Improving the performance of the mill in a safe, effective and efficient way is the goal of this position. This person must have the knowledge to make educated recommendations for improvements to the reliability program and must have the ability to marshal the resources necessary for accomplishing those goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

Engineer is responsible for assisting management with analysis of processes and procedures involved in the production of OSB. Engineer is responsible for evaluation of data leading to achieving production targets with improved margins, adding efficiency and removing waste. To that end, these responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Promote the Reliability Programs under area of responsibility including Condition Monitoring, Root Cause Analysis, Preventive & Predictive Maintenance, and CMMS usage.
  • Provide regular condition reports of all the assets in area of responsibility.
  • Supervise and ensure efficient and effective performance of all technicians.
  • Use the Computerized Maintenance Management System, CMMS, to effectively plan, report and schedule all work.
  • Design and implement asset management strategies that involve all aspects of the manufacturing process ie. Preventive Maintenance Plans, Predictive Maintenance Plans, Breakdown Maintenance Plans, operating strategies, etc.Manage third-party services in relation to the reliability programs and foster professional working relationships to leverage their knowledge and services.
  • Analyze production processes and recommend process improvements to gain efficiencies. Actively work to reduce MTTR and increase MTBF.
  • Promote World Class Manufacturing Concepts such as Industry 4.0 and Remote Condition Monitoring into new and existing assets.
  • Review OEM equipment and make recommendations concerning Asset Life and maintainability.
  • Coordinate with 3 Party vendors in order to design, install, and maintain new and existing assets regarding the reliability program.
  • Recommend, plan, and execute improvements in the work area to gain efficiencies in work processes.
  • Train or Recommend training for all team members regarding the Reliability Program.
  • Communicate effectively with all team members throughout the company.
  • Coordinate with other senior staff members on personnel, safety, finance, and purchasing issues, looking for ways to increase and enhance all functional areas.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Manager.


Minimum qualifications required to successfully perform this role. These are the qualifications that are necessary for someone to be considered for the position. A reasonable accommodation may be allowed for some aspects of the role as determined by Human Resources.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • BS in an engineering discipline (mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, process)
  • Eligible to legally work in the United States
  • Ability to work as part of a team and deliver value to the team

Desired Skills:

Demonstrated success in a manufacturing environment

  • Project management experience with capital projects
  • Automation experience involving knowledge of distributed I/O Systems and Industry 4.0 Concepts as it involves Condition Monitoring.
  • Familiarity of common industrial equipment such as pumps, motors, gearboxes, sensors, VFDs, mobile equipment etc. Experience with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
  • Perform a variety of Reliability Analyses to identify areas of improvement ie. Pareto, FMECA, Fault Trees, Reliability Block Diagrams, Weibull Analysis etc.
  • Ability to work with spreadsheets and large databases for analysis and work planning

Specialized knowledge or skills that may be needed or required:

  • Knowledge of Condition Monitoring Techniques ie. Vibration, Thermography, Oil Analysis, Ultrasonic, Lubrication etc.
  • LEAN/6 SIGMA / Process Improvement Methodology
  • Rockwell PLC Platform/Factory Talk/Vantage Point
  • Problem solving and decision making skills
  • Mentoring, coaching and leading others
  • Project Management Leadership
  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships and maintain them over time

Working Conditions

Role requires a person to work in working conditions such as heat, cold, snow, rain, ice, frost, humidity, severe storms and so forth. Special working conditions may include regular evening and weekend work, shift work, working outdoors, working as a team regardless of challenge, and so forth. Exposure to noise, dirt, grease, water and sawdust is common.

Physical requirements

Physical ability to perform the essential job functions of the position, which includes climbing stairs, navigating catwalks, working at heights up to 30 feet above the ground, lifting up to 50 pounds (from floor to shoulder height), stooping, and bending, carrying up to 30 pounds at least 40 feet.

Direct Reports

This position has direct and indirect reports. Demonstrated leadership is a key requirement for success in this role.

Keywords: Norbord, Longview , Reliability Engineer (Reliability Supervisor), Other , Nacogdoches, Texas

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