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Maintenance and Reliability Engineer

Date: Jul 9, 2021

Location: Jackson, MI, US, 49201

Company: Gerdau

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This position is responsible for local ARP practice implementation and improvement. The Reliability Engineer I works with maintenance and operations on asset reliability processes. This position has direct responsibility for ARP projects throughout the facility.



Reliability Engineer is primarily responsible for increasing asset availability through the utilization of ARP reliability tools, methods, and practices. Activities require engineering and/or maintenance based experience in mechanical and/or electrical equipment, preferably those used in steel manufacturing processes and facilities. This position will participate in special projects and engineering activities to improve equipment reliability optimize maintenance costs and reduce equipment downtime.  The Reliability Engineer I will participate in annual outage planning processes to minimize downtime and ensure all maintenance performance will achieve equipment reliability.  Due to the nature of manufacturing operations the incumbent may be required to be on-call, and must be available for specific operations or projects. Some travel may be required for training and to support projects.


Qualifications for this position include a four-year college degree in Engineering or Material Science, combined with 3 years of industrial experience or an Associates degree in Mechanical, Engineering or Electrical Technologies or a Professional Certification in Asset Reliability or related function, plus a minimum of 5 years of Predictive Maintenance (PdM) experience. The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of asset reliability technology and systems, with a working knowledge of heavy manufacturing. The incumbent should also possess a basic knowledge of engineering concepts, and techniques.  The successful applicant must solve problems, demonstrate project management skills, and have a passion to lead change.


The Reliability Engineer I reports to the Downstream Superintendent. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining the maintenance manuals, standard maintenance operating procedures, CMMS, equipment reliability databases, and other maintenance related software systems. The incumbent will organize and conduct training programs for the maintenance personnel regarding equipment testing and operation, new software, methodologies, and procedures. This position requires the ability to effectively communicate with associates at all levels within the organization.  


The Reliability Engineer I will participate in routine safety and ARP activities including inspections, audits, visibility tours, and interact with employees and contractors. This job is responsible for analyzing equipment repair history, costs, and repetitive repairs to develop and implement proactive repair planning. The incumbent will conduct non-intrusive inspections. The use of Predictive Maintenance (PdM) techniques or other ARP tools to maximize equipment life and performance is required. This position is responsible for maintaining and updating documentation, such as equipment descriptions, job plans, spare parts, equipment lists, histories, manuals, flow charts, drawings, and specifications. The incumbent must manage the interests of all parties in creating and modifying work procedures and equipment, and will be responsible for staying abreast of current technology to recommend changes to effect continual asset reliability improvement. This position will also coach and mentor operations and maintenance personnel and contractors on ARP procedures. The incumbent will participate on special projects or conduct other duties as assigned. 


The incumbent must perform the above mentioned duties and responsibilities in accordance with all Federal, State, Provincial, and Local environmental regulations, as well as company policies and procedures.  Employees must also report any situation that may have a detrimental impact to human health or the environment to their immediate supervisor.



  1. Collect, analyze, and report asset performance and work with teams to implement methods to improve performance and sustain existing efficiencies.
  2. Develop solutions and provide recommendations for major equipment modifications, renovations, installations, additions, and replacements to facilitate continuous improvement.
  3. Support planning and scheduling standard processes to effectively execute all down-days and outages.
  4. Participate in ARP assessments to evaluate ARP practice effectiveness and develop improvement plans.
  5. Collaborate with operations, maintenance, engineering, and reliability personnel to ensure the reliability of equipment on all existing and new assets.
  6. Participate in technical studies on equipment and develop corrective action plans to maximize availability and reliability.
  7. Facilitate training sessions and assist in identification of skill development needs for plant personnel and contractors to support ARP, maintenance, and safety.
  8. Identify critical equipment spares, material, component needs, and coordinate with maintenance, procurement, and stores to identify re-order processes/quantities to minimize downtime by using Reliability Centered Maintenance methodologies.
  9. Participate in Failure Analysis on maintenance issues.
  10. Assist with Annual Action Planning process.


Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor